You may have heard that dogs are allowed “one bite” before there are consequences for the dog owner. While this used to be the widespread standard, many states—including New Jersey—have updated their laws from the “one bite” rule. NJ now has strict liability laws for dog bite cases.
Strict liability laws hold a dog owner liable for any dog bites regardless of whether any of the following were true:
- The dog had never displayed the propensity to bite
- This was the dog’s first bite incident
- The dog owner did not act negligently in any way
- The dog owner could not have prevented the bite
- The bite was not the dog owner’s fault in any way
The major exceptions to strict liability for dog bites are when the victim was trespassing on the property or when the victim provoked the dog, leading to an attack. Strict liability laws are extremely helpful for victims who have sustained severe injuries from an animal bite.
Dog Bites can Result in Serious Injuries
Many people do not realize the serious injuries and complications that can arise from a dog bite until it is too late. While many dog bites may leave victims shaken with only a scratch, others can result in serious injuries that require immediate medical attention and treatment. Some injuries commonly caused by animal bites include the following:
- Deep lacerations
- Torn tendons, muscles, or ligaments
- Puncture wounds
- Crushed or fractured bones
- Loss of tissue
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Fear of dogs and other emotional issues
Because of the severity of many dog bite injuries, it is important that our law holds dog’s owners strictly liable when their animal bites. Victims facing a lengthy recovery deserve to be fully compensated for their losses.
Contact a New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If a dog bite has occurred, you or your child are likely facing a lengthy healing process both physically and mentally. In addition, your family may be struggling under the weight of medical bills, lost income, and other expenses stemming from the bite. At Mark Yampaglia Law, P.C., we stand up for the rights of NJ dog bite victims to recover for their losses from dog owners. Dog bite lawyer Mark Yampaglia thoroughly understands the strict liability dog bite laws in our state and can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Please contact our office for a free consultation today.