Dog bites seem to happen regularly in New Jersey and are covered by New Jersey Statutes Section 4:19-16. Generally speaking, the statute makes the dog’s owner liable for any dog bite injuries that occur while the victim is:
- in a private place, including the property of the owner or lawfully in a public place
- regardless of any prior indications of viciousness of the dog, or the owners’ knowledge of any former viciousness.
This strict liability statute also extends to whether the biting dog’s owner used reasonable care to restrain the dog or to protect or warn others.
A New Jersey resident came to us seeking justice following dog bite injuries that matched these criteria.
Our Client’s Dog Bite Claim
Our client and the dog owner were separate tenants in a two-family residence. As our client took out his garbage, the other tenant’s dog charged fiercely at him, bit and scratched him on the arm and hand and would not let go. This ultimately left our client with a permanent scar.
In this scenario, though the dog was confined to the backyard, it was not apparent that it was in the yard when our client went to take out his garbage. It had been kept on a leash with a spike in the ground that extended to the fence. We argued that New Jersey’s strict liability law was valid and should be enforced.
We secured a substantial settlement for our client based on the circumstances of the incident, the severity of the injury and the scar.
What To Do Following A Dog Bite
The Bronsnick Law Firm has handled many dog bite claims from clients who have suffered various personal injuries and emotional trauma. We understand that it is difficult to maintain clarity following an attack, especially a severe one. Should you sustain a dog bite, here are some basic tips to follow:
- Document as much as possible. Take pictures of your injury and the scene and try to recount the exact sequence of events. Speak into the “notes” app of your mobile phone, if possible, to detail any personal injury or property damage.
- Contact the police. Even if you feel your injury is minor or you don’t initially plan to pursue legal action your feelings and condition may change. Filing a police report is a critical step that you should take immediately after a bite.
- Visit a doctor or hospital. For the sake of your health, visit a doctor or emergency room so that the injury itself is properly documented. This will also confirm the nature of the injuries as you prepare to file a claim.
Bronsnick Law Firm has litigated many dog bite claims, often to favorable outcomes.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to an animal or dog bite in New Jersey, you need an experienced lawyer to present your injuries during insurance matters and Workers’ Compensation hearings. We’ll also prepare and file any required documents with the insurance companies and will be your voice in all court proceedings. Having an attorney will better ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
You need the Bronsnick Law Firm.
To schedule a free initial consultation, contact the Bronsnick Law Firm online or call us at (973) 287-6828 for an appointment. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged. We will also travel to your home or to the hospital to meet with you. We service Roseland, Livingston, Caldwell, Wayne, West Orange, Montville, Montclair and other surrounding towns in Essex County. Bronsnick Law Firm handles all workplace injury claims on a contingency basis – we will not charge legal fees unless we recover compensation for your losses.
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