New Jersey Dog Bite Law

Dog bite law in NJ according to statue N.J.S.A 4:19-16. basically states that any dog owner whose dog shall bite another individual while he or she is in a public place or lawfully in a private place should be liable for any damages suffered by the individual bitten, regardless of the dog’s previous history of aggression or the dog owner’s knowledge of this history of aggression.

How can you be lawfully on someone’s property?

An individual is considered lawfully upon another individual’s private property when he or she is in the performance of a duty imposed by state laws or United States postal regulations, or when he or she is on the property upon the implied or expressed invitation of the owner.

Is the dog owner always to blame?

No… but it’s hard to prove. The owner of a dog that bites or injuries another individual is held strictly and legally liable for the dog’s actions. To prove the person that was bit was to blame the dog owner must establish that the bitten person know of the dog’s viciousness and/or did a deliberate act intended to provoke the dog and the dog was acting in self-defense.

Hiring A Dog Bite Attorney

If a dog bites you or a loved one in New Jersey, consult with a NJ dog bite attorney from the Grossman Law Firm as soon as possible. New Jersey laws limit the period of time in which you are allowed to take action, and so you must act quickly.

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