Dog bites can have lasting physical and emotional impact on the victim. Serious injuries can be acquired and the road to recovery can be a time consuming and expensive process. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, understanding who may be held liable for the injuries is vital.
1. Dog Owner Liability
In most cases, the primary party that is held liable for a dog bite injury is the owner of the dog. New Jersey has strict liability laws regarding dog bites. This means that dog owners are held responsible for their dogs’ actions, regardless of whether the dog had shown previous aggression, or the owner knew of the dog’s dangerous tendencies. There are very few exceptions to these laws.
2. Caretakers or Handlers
If a caretaker or dogsitter was responsible for the dog at the time of the incident, they may be held liable if their actions were negligent or an influence on the attack.
3. Comparable Negligence
Liability in dog bite cases can correspond with contributing actions of the injured person. If the injured person was provoking the dog or was trespassing at the time of the attack, their compensation might be reduced or denied dependent on the facts of the case.
Protect Your Rights
Determining liability in a dog bite case can be complex, as it often involves an intricate analysis of the specific circumstances of the incident. Whether you have been bitten or own a dog that has bitten someone, it is essential to understand and protect your rights. Consult with a knowledgeable Personal Injury Attorney who can assess your case, gather evidence, and help you pursue fair compensation for your injuries.
At UBFK Law, our experienced personal injury attorney, Joshua Kleinman, Esq., is here to guide you through the legal process and advocate for your rights. If you have questions or need assistance with a dog bite injury case, Contact UBFK Law today for a free consultation. Your well-being and legal rights are our top priorities.