Strict Liability in New Jersey Dog Bite Cases
New Jersey follows strict liability when it comes to dog bites. That means that an owner of a dog who has bitten someone is liable, regardless of the dog’s history. The dog does not have to have bitten on more than one occasion or a history of attacks. Additionally, it does not matter that the owner took precautions prior to the incident. There are some situations where a dog owner is not liable, such as if the victim is a trespasser.
Victims should make sure to obtain the contact information of the owner of the dog and any potential witnesses. If possible, a victim should try to obtain the insurance information of the dog’s owner. It is typically that homeowners and renter’s insurance policies cover such injuries. Also, the dog bite victim should make sure to seek medical care immediately and contact a lawyer.
For help with a dog bite case, speak to a New Jersey dog bite lawyer at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr. We have the experience that is needed to fight on your behalf. Call us at 732-537-8570 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Highland Park, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, Colonia, Elizabeth, and Newark.