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Strict Liability Laws for Dog Bites

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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
  • Infections
  • 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.

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Compensation for an Animal Bite

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These days, many people complain about seemingly frivolous lawsuits. There are horror stories of suits for actions outside of the defendants’ control, or seeking exorbitantly high payouts for what would seem to be a minor inconvenience. However, there are some areas where compensation is justly awarded for unnecessary suffering on the part of the complainant, and getting bitten by an animal is among that category. Whether it’s the neighbor’s dog or a more dangerous wild animal, if you have been injured you should immediately (after getting medical care of course) seek out a competent attorney to understand your legal options moving forward. Here’s a look at some of the ways you can or cannot get compensation after being bitten by an animal.

In New Jersey, we have very strict liability laws, where pet owners can be held accountable for the damages of their animals, regardless if the creature had ever shown violent tendencies in the past. This is much stricter than in many other states, including those neighboring us. You will be entitled to file a personal injury claim, which will request more information and the results can vary depending on the type of the animal in question and the severity of the bite and your associated injuries.

The most common type of animal bite comes from dogs, those canine companions kept so regularly by most everyone you know. The pet owners are liable, as they would be similarly if you had been clawed up by a cat or even violently pecked by someone’s pet parakeet. More dangerous animals such as horses, regularly kept, can also cause serious injuries to those who deal with them. However, for large domestic animals such as cows or horses, the owners will be held responsible primarily if they had prior knowledge of the animal’s behavior and did not take the proper precautions to contain the animal or protect those would come in contact with it.

Some people these days are even taking to caring for more wild animals in their living space, and they can also be held liable even if they followed proper protocol to contain the animal. It should be noted, however, that if an individual is found to have acted recklessly or intentionally provoked the animal, they will lose their rights to claim compensation for their injuries. Legally, it will be classified as ‘contributory negligence’ for their role in the event.

If you have been bitten by an animal, you’ll know how difficult it can be—both physically painful, and also carry with it emotional trauma and financial difficulties. For relief from these troubles, you’ll want to seek out compensation, and we at Yampaglia Law are here to help. Contact me, Mark Yampaglia, today for a free consultation about your options and our experience in this area. I can be reached by phone at 844-847-0106 and look forward to discussing your case with you today.