According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year – almost one in five of those or about 885,000 require medical attention.
New Jersey, as in most American states, the dog owner is legally liable for all of the damages inflicted upon a dog bite victim, even if the dog never exhibited the propensity to bite humans in the past.
While most dog bite injuries are scrapes and cuts, what seem like minor injuries can become quite severe if they become infected; therefore, many victims of dog-biting incidents usually require hospital treatment. Many dog attacks on small children focus on their heads or necks, which can lead to nerve damage, crushed skulls, eye injuries or facial trauma.
Due to the severity of injuries from dog bites and attacks, New Jersey law requires dog owners to be held strictly liable and financially responsible for any injuries that result from attacks or bites by their dogs. Get in touch with a New Jersey Law Firm knowledgeable in animal attack cases.
According to New Jersey Statute 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.”
In the state of New Jersey, it is not necessary to prove that a dog owner was negligent in any way. However, the dog owner is strictly liable for any injuries occurred regardless of whether the dog had bitten anyone previously, the owner knew the dog was dangerous or whether the dog owner had properly restrained the dog.
If your child or any family member has been the victim of a dog bite attack, please contact the personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi to discuss your case. Our attorneys will make the extra effort when it comes to investigating the possible causes of your dog bite incident so you can receive full compensation for your pain and suffering and medical expenses.
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