The Brown Law Firm is committed to obtaining results for our clients. While many of our clients come from Atlantic and Cape May counties, we represent residents from all counties in New Jersey, and even residents of other states, who have been injured while traveling in New Jersey. We have a reputation for success in all areas of personal injury law.
NEW JERSEY DOG BITE LAW
Nationwide, the statistics on dog bites are alarming. Nearly 4.7 million people a year are bitten or attacked by dogs. Of those attacks which are fatal, most occurred near the victim’s home. Children under 10 account for half of all fatalities caused by dog bites. Nationally, Rottweilers and Pit Bulls are the breeds most likely statistically to cause fatalities through bites or attacks.
New Jersey recognizes that, statistically, other breeds such as German Shepherds, wolf-hybrids, Chow-Chows and Akitas, are likely to bite, as well. Nearly 2% of New Jersey residents are bitten by either vicious or simply undisciplined dogs. Chances are, you hadn’t given a thought to the New Jersey law regarding dog bites and attacks, but that was before you, or someone you love, was bitten or attacked. Dog bites and attacks are unpredictable, and terrifying. If you’ve been the victim of a dog bite or attack, what should you do?
Your first priority should be to seek the best medical care possible, as soon as possible. Puncture wounds from dog bites are a serious health issue. We have excellent doctors and plastic surgeons to recommend to you, if you’re still looking for the best possible care.
Your second priority, once you’ve taken care of your physical well-being, should be to tend to your legal rights as soon as you are able. At The Brown Law Firm, we will explain the ramifications of New Jersey law regarding dog bites to you as clearly as possible. After a bite or attack, you should know that it matters very little what breed of dog bit you, why or where it attacked you, or even whether or not it was trained to attack. New Jersey law applies the concept of ‘strict liability’ to such attacks. Thus, any dog that bites or commits an attack is the absolute responsibility of its owner.
Please call us at 609-344-8270 and we will be happy to answer any of your dog bite questions over the phone, or make an appointment to meet you in person. Your initial consultation with us is absolutely free.