Each year about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs. Dogs can and should be controlled by their owners. The failure of an owner to take proper precautions can lead to a lawsuit for damages by an injured victim.
Being bitten by a dog can be extremely serious and can result in scarring and disfigurement. Brain damage can occur as well as puncture wounds. Emotional scarring can be long-term. Almost one in five dog bites (885,000) causes injury so severe that medical attention is needed. In 2006, dog bites caused more than 31,000 people to require reconstructive surgery.
New Jersey is a strict liability state for dog bite cases. This means that an owner of a dog that bites someone will be liable for damages even if the dog has never bitten anyone before. In New Jersey, someone who receives a dog bite need only show three things:
The defendant owned the dog
The dog bit the complainant
The victim was in a public place, or if on the property of the dog owner, was there legally
If you can prove the foregoing, you can recover damages. However, it is important to note that if you are shown to have provoked the attack by your actions, your recovery can be reduced.
After a dog bite, seek medical attention immediately. And keep in mind that you only have a limited amount of time to file your personal injury claim for damages for your injuries. Do not hesitate to seek legal advice as soon as possible after the incident to put yourself in the best position possible.
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