It is estimated that the dog population in the United States is approximately 6.5 million.
The Centers for Disease Control has found that more than 4.7 million people are victims of a dog bite injury every year – resulting in an estimated 800,000 injuries requiring medical treatment.
New Jersey is a Strict Liability state when it comes to dog bite injuries. Under New Jersey law, the dog’s owner is strictly liable for any bites the dog inflicts even if it has never previously exhibited the propensity to bite humans.
According to New Jersey Statutes Section 4:19-16, “The owner of any dog which shall bite a person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”
If you or a family member is bitten by a dog, before anything else, seek any necessary medical treatment for the dog bite. You should also report the incident to your local animal control agency.
If a dog bite has caused chaos in your home, your next step is to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Call the personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi because getting legal counsel from an experienced attorney may help you be properly compensated for your dog bite injury.
We will take the time to discuss your case with you and determine the best approach possible to help you get compensated for your damages, expenses and pain and suffering. Call us today at one of our conveniently located offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey or New York City.