When many of us think of dogs, we naturally think of them as man’s best friend, great companions to have around, and sometimes even family members.
However, no matter how domesticated we think they are, dogs are animals and, unfortunately, use their sharp teeth far more frequently than we might think.
Research has indicated that dog bite cases are becoming increasingly common, and it is crucial to understand what you ought to do if you have been bitten by a dog and suffered a personal injury as a result.
It is important to know that you cannot simply sue a dog owner for a minor scratch. You need to have suffered a genuine injury. Likewise, being terrified due to loud barking is not enough either.
The injury must be physical, not psychological, and significant enough to warrant minor to major medical attention. However, if the dog drew blood, it is likely that you may have a claim depending on where you were bit.
Strict Liability in New Jersey
In New Jersey, it is not necessary for the dog to have a dangerous propensity for biting before a victim can seek damages.
This means that if the dog owner has no idea that his dog was likely to be a biter, he will still be held responsible under New Jersey law. (See N.J.S.A. 4:19-6.)
This rule of strict liability applies for young dogs as well as older dogs that never bit anyone in their entire lives. There are no free bites in New Jersey.
How Do I Get Justice?
If you were bitten by a dog and suffered injuries as a result, contact a personal injury attorney who has experience dealing with dog bite cases immediately.
An attorney will be able to gather key information about the owner, the viciousness or docility of the dog, and all of the other facts needed in order to help you receive compensation for your injuries.
Remember, doing nothing will not compensate you for your injuries. You might think that you only went to the emergency room once and they dealt with the injury.
However, in truth, you might be missing an opportunity to be compensated for medical costs and other expenses that you should never have had to incur in the first place.
Who Should You Contact?
If you or someone you know was recently bitten by a dog, be sure to contact Adam H. Rosenblum of The Rosenblum Law Firm today. Mr. Rosenblum is licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey and has a great deal of experience defending the rights of individuals just like you. He has handled numerous personal injury cases and knows precisely what to do in order to successfully litigate dog bite cases. Contact him via e-mail or at 973-594-6552.