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Are you searching for a dog bite lawyer in New Jersey? Look no more! We understand that being attacked or bitten by a dog is terrifying. Dogs have a very powerful jaw and when they latch onto one of your body parts, it is very hard to get them off. The most common dog bite injuries in NJ are puncture wounds, skin infections, nerve damage, injuries to the face, especially the lip or cheek, and scarring. Unfortunately, there are cases where someone attacked by a dog has died from their injuries because the injuries were so severe.

Most people think they know what to do if they are ever attacked by a dog. Unfortunately, when you are in the stressful situation of having a dog bite you, your survival instinct kicks in and you do whatever you can to get away.

Our dog bite lawyers have helped many individuals who have been attacked by dogs. Some of the dogs were owned by people just like you. Others were K9 dogs that were supposed to be in the control of the Police K9 unit.

Who is Responsible in New Jersey if I am Bitten by a Dog?

In New Jersey, a dog owner is 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. This liability results from New Jersey Statutes, section 4:19-16, which 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.

What do I Need to Prove in NJ if I was Attacked by a Dog?

A victim must prove that:

  1. the person being sued owned the dog
  2. the dog bit the victim, and
  3. the victim was in a public place or lawfully on the owner’s property.

*The law does not apply if the victim was trespassing without criminal intent, or the injury was not caused by a bite, or the target defendant was not the dog’s owner.

How Can A Dog Bite Lawyer At Bruce Law, LLC Help Me?

Our New Jersey dog bite attorney can help evaluate your case and prove it to a jury. In a dog bite injury lawsuit, you may be able to win compensation for all of your injuries, including past and future medical bills, the costs of missing work days, ongoing therapy, permanent disability and wrongful death.

Over the years, we have won a ton of money for our injured clients, including a $130,000 settlement for a young woman who was attacked by a police dog. It is very important that we meet very soon after the incident so we can identify the dog, its owner and any witnesses and document the full extent of your injuries. The experienced dog bite injury attorney at Bruce Law, L.L.C. can help. For a free evaluation of your case, call us today.