Dog Bites – Personal Inury Cases in New Jersey

dog bite cases in new jerseyHave you been injured by a dog bite from a animal owned by a New Jersey resident?

New Jersey law states that makes a dog owner legally liable for all of the damages inflicted upon a dog bite victim, even if the dog had never previously exhibited the propensity to bite humans.  New Jersey Statute, section 4:19-16, reads as follows:

4:19-16.  Liability of owner regardless of viciousness of dog

    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.

    For the purpose of this section, a person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner when he is on the property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner thereof. 

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As the statute reads, New Jersey pet owners have an obligation to control their animals to prevent injury to others.  If you or someone in your family are bitten or attacked by a dog, or any other animal in New Jersey, there may be serious consequences and injury.  Injuries from animal bites include scarring, disfigurement, brain damage, and broken limbs.

If you need advice on New Jersey Personal Injury laws and your rights, call Tom Shebell at 877.209.9424

To ensure that you are compensated for your injury, contact Tom or visit his website dedicated to  NJ Personal Injury Cases.  Please contact his office early in the process so that evidence may be preserved, and gathered.

Depending on the specifics of your an animal attack, you may be entitled to recover for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering

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Punitive damages may also be awarded in dog bite or animal attack cases when a wrongdoer’s conduct is found to be more than negligent.  Reckless or intentional conduct is the type of conduct that may result in an award of punitive damages.

For example, if a dog owner is aware that his dog is prone to biting people, yet he allows the dog to run free near a place children play, such as a school or park, and his dog attacks a child, punitive damages may be awarded by a jury.

Shebell & Shebell

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