Dogs may be man’s best friend, but dogs – much like their human counterparts – have the capability of causing serious injuries and intense pain and suffering when they are out of control and/or vicious. Children and the elderly are especially prone to experiencing serious injury and even death from dog bites and attacks, but no one is immune from steep medical bills, pain and suffering, and even inability to work when a dog suddenly attacks.
At SK Law, our experienced personal injury attorney fight for the victims of dog bites and dog attacks in New Jersey to win full financial recovery for all damages suffered, both now and in the future. Contact one of our New Jersey dog bite attorneys as soon as possible after a dog bite or attack to maximize your chances for a swift and comprehensive recovery.
No Free Bites: New Jersey’s Strict Liability Dog Bite Rule
You may have heard of the concept that dog owners get “one free bite” before being liable for bites cause by their dog, the idea being that an owner will be liable only when he or she knows the dog has dangerous propensities. While this is essentially the law in New York, there is NO “one free bite” rule in New Jersey.
Instead all New Jersey dog owners will be liable to all non-trespasser individuals who have been bitten by their dog, regardless of whether the dog has bitten anyone before.
This is called a “strict liability” dog bite rule, which makes it relatively easy for dog bite victims and their families to pursue financial recovery through legal action in New Jersey. All that is necessary is for the plaintiff to prove that the bite occurred (the bite can occur on public property or on private property, including the home of the dog owner), that the victim experienced damages such as medical bills and pain and suffering, and that the plaintiff was not trespassing at the time of the bite.
Pursuing Dog Bite and Dog Attack Claims
Where there is no dog bite but a dog has caused you injury, our attorneys can still pursue complete financial recovery through a negligence action in state court. In both dog bite and dog attack cases, defendants may try to limit their liability through blaming the victim for provoking the attack, but carelessness by a victim will not by itself prevent the victim from obtaining recovery, and our attorneys will aggressively counter all such arguments.
You have two years from the date of a dog bite to bring an action in New Jersey, but sitting on a potential claim may make it more difficult to collect evidence and present your case in a compelling manner. By contacting the attorneys of SK Law as quickly as possible after a dog bite or attack, we will take swift action to assemble all necessary evidence to prove the dog bite claim to win the recovery you deserve.
Call a New Jersey Dog Bite Attorney Today
The experienced personal injury attorneys at SK Law have won over $90 million in compensation for our clients, and we are here to stand by your side as your allies and champions in winning the recovery you deserve from all potential defendants. If you have experienced a dog bite, do not hesitate to take action to preserve your claim and maximize your financial recovery. Contact us today to speak to a personal injury attorney about your dog bite.