New Jersey Dog Bite Attorney
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Did you know that around 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year? In New Jersey, dog bite cases are governed by the Dog Bite Statute. This law says that if an owner’s dog bites another person, they are responsible for compensating the victim for any damages caused by this bite.
Even if the dog didn’t bite a person, owners may still be held liable for any other injuries the dog may have caused. In short, if you were in a public place or lawfully in a private place at the time of the attack, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit for the dog bite.
Specifically, New Jersey Statute Section 4:19-16 states that:
“[t]he 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.”
It's important to note that your own behavior may prevent you from recovering compensation if you were bitten by a dog. New Jersey law will consider if you were legally on the land at the time of the dog bite. If you were considered a trespasser, or on the land without permission, you may have a difficult time recovering. Likewise, the law considers if you aggravated the dog and/or enticed the dog to attack.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
Typically, under New Jersey law, you have (2) two years from the time of the dog bite to bring a lawsuit. If you were a minor at the time of the attack, you have (2) two years from your eighteenth birthday. Many people are concerned that the dog owner will be personally responsible to pay the money awarded in a lawsuit. The homeowner’s insurance of the dog owner, however, will usually cover the money paid.
If you or a loved one suffered a dog bite, do not hesitate to exercise your legal right to seek compensation.
I’ve Been Bitten by a Dog. What Should I Do?
Some people don’t realize right away that they have legal options to pursue financial recovery after a dog attacks them. Their primary focus may be getting medical attention and care. After that, questions may start to arise. Who is responsible for the dog? Will you have to pay for medical expenses out of pocket? What can you do to hold the owner accountable? That is where Levinson Axelrod, P.A. comes in. Our New Jersey dog bite lawyers understand dog bite cases and can guide you through this time.
We can help you with the following steps:
- Making sure you get the best possible medical care
- Gathering sufficient evidence to build your claim
- Identifying the owner and taking legal action against them
- Preparing your case to go all the way to trial
- Negotiating a just settlement out of court if possible
You can rest assured knowing that our legal team will be there for you through every step when you entrust your dog bite case to us. We understand the laws surrounding dog bites and attacks and can use our insight and legal resources to ensure you are given the maximum compensation possible. From evaluating the emotional damage done by the dog attack to documenting the physical lacerations, we walk you through every key step.
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You don’t want just any trial attorney representing you in court. You want a local advocate who cares about your case and your future. Our New Jersey dog bite injury attorneys have 80 years of collective experience and are proud to represent clients throughout our communities. From Monmouth County to Somerset County, we have 10 offices throughout the state to serve injured individuals in all 21 New Jersey counties.
Give us a call today at (732) 440-3089 to get started on your case.
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