Dog Bite Attorneys in New Jersey
May 18, 2021 07:21 PM EDT
There are nearly 80 million dogs in the United States. About 40 percent of households own one. Unfortunately, not all dogs are friendly. Canine attacks send over 1,000 people daily to the emergency room, and annually more than 14,000 of those attacked require longer-term care in hospitals.
If a dog has bitten you or a loved one, the New Jersey dog bite attorneys at the Law Office of Peter Briskin, P.C., can help you obtain compensation for your injuries and pain and suffering.
The Law of Dog Bites
If you've been attacked, there are laws that protect you and can provide you a legal remedy. Two of the most common are the dog bite statute and the theory of negligence.
Dog Bite Statute
New Jersey law provides that:
"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 other words, the owner is liable for the attack regardless of whether the dog has previously shown aggressiveness toward people. There's no requirement that the owner have any indication that their dog is dangerous.
While this statute works well, what if the dog injures someone without actually biting them? Perhaps you're walking in the neighborhood, and a dog runs out on the sidewalk knocks you over and causes a broken bone.
In that case, the theory of negligence can apply. Negligence refers to a person who acts unreasonably and causes another's injury. To prove liability for a dog bite under a theory of negligence, you must prove that the owner of the dog reacted unreasonably under the circumstances. The most common way to do this is to show that the owner had knowledge of previous vicious acts by the dog. If this is the case, it follows that the owner failed to take reasonable precautions to protect the public from their dog.
Damages for an Attack
A bite can have serious consequences. These include rabies, puncture wounds, infections and nerve injuries. There can also be a lot of pain and suffering associated with the injury. With the right dog bite attorney in New Jersey, you can get the legal help you need to sue the dog owner for compensation for your expenses and suffering.
New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyers
A dog bite can be frightening and lead to severe injuries. Coping is hard enough without dealing with the medical bills and recuperation. Our experienced New Jersey dog bite attorneys at the Law Office of Peter Briskin, P.C., can provide you with a free consultation without any obligation. Contact us or call today at (908) 279-7979.