Been the Victim of a Dog Bite? Know Your Rights

February 10, 2020

Dog bites that require treatment or hospitalization are becoming a serious problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, 1 in 5 of whom require medical attention. Dog owners are required to keep their dogs in control and are held liable for any damages resulting from bites, regardless of past aggression or knowledge of said aggression.

New Jersey dog bite laws

There are multiple ways that states can impose liability on dog owners, and dog bite laws are frequently different in each state across the country. New Jersey dog bite laws follow strict liability, which means that a dog owner is liable for any bite, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness. Under strict liability, the owner of a dog has a duty to keep the dog under reasonable control at all times. A dog owner who does not properly keep his dog under control is subject to civil liability for any damages suffered by the victim of a bite. However, if the victim exhibited negligence (such as provoking) that directly led to the bite, the owner is not liable.

New Jersey resources for victims

Some dogs, especially Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, Doberman Pinschers, and Cocker Spaniels, are known for their quick tempers and fiery aggression. When dogs are not properly kept under control by their owners, they can bite and cause serious harm to friends, family or strangers. Aggressive dogs are particularly dangerous for children and the elderly, two groups of people that account for the majority of dog bite injuries.

Have you or someone you love been injured by a dog bite? After seeking medical attention, the next step is to contact a skilled attorney. The personal injury lawyers at The GC Law Firm are experienced in obtaining substantial settlements from dog bite incidents. Contact the firm today if you have been the victim of a bite so you may receive the compensation you deserve.

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