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Dog Bite Q&A: Everything You Need To Know When You’ve Been Bitten By A Dog
More than 4.5 million people suffer from being attacked and bitten by a dog each year. In the state of New Jersey, depending on the location the dog bite attack and resulting injuries have occurred, the owner of the property is responsible and liable for any injuries that you have sustained during the attack. In NJ, dog bites fall under what’s called premises liability. For premises liability to apply it must meet the following conditions:
- The defendent must possess the land.
- The plaintiff or in this case victim must have been invited onto the property or, in certain cases, a licensee.
- Generally there must be some type of negligence, a breach of the duty of care, or some type of wrongful act.
Furthermore premises liability can drastically differ from state to state. In the state of New Jersey, the status of the visitor or resulting victim in this case, has a significant impact on the case and is the central component in determining the outcome dog bite injury lawsuits in the state of New Jersey.
How To Treat A Dog Bite And Prevent Infection
Getting bitten by a dog is traumatic. Nothing prepares you for the moment when a dog decides to attack you. While you are trying to treat the injuries caused by a dog attack, you may have questions. You know the dog’s mouth and teeth have been in contact with your body. What happens if an infection starts? How do you know whether your dog bite has become infected? If you are a victim of a recent dog attack, it is important for you to know what to do.
Should I Hire An Attorney If I Have Suffered A Dog Bite Injury?
If you are the victim of a recent dog bite injury the answer is yes! In the state of New Jersey the dog owner is liable for all injuries resulting from a dog bite and you should contact an expert in dog bite personal injury cases as soon as possible.
Who Is Liable In When A Dog Bite Injury Occurs?
All dog bites within the state of New Jersey are covered under section 4:19-16 of the New Jersey Statutes. New Jersey is a “strict liability” state meaning a dog owner is liable for all dog bite injuries caused by a dog bite. Even if the owner used reasonable force and care to restrain, protect, and/or warn others about a possible attack, the owner is still liable in the state of NJ.
How Much Time Do I Have To File A Dog Bite Injury Claim?
In the state of New Jersey there are specific deadlines for filing all personal injury related cases within the state’s civil court system. Dog bite injury cases fall under the same statute which is also known as the “statute of limitations.” Under the statute of limitations all dog bite injury lawsuits must be filed within two years from the date of the incident.
Do I Need To Call The Police?
There are no exceptions to the rule. It’s imperative you call the police immediately so a report can be filed.
If I Pursue A Dog Bite Claim Will The Dog Be Put To Sleep?
The laws related to dog attacks and euthenasia are different from state to state. Particularly in the state of New Jersey there is a dog bite statute. This statute is designed to have unprovoked dog attacks documented and recorded with the state. In the event the court finds the dog dangerous usually the owner must follow specific rules before there is any consideration of putting the dog to sleep especially if it’s a first-time attack.
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