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Hunterdon County

Pet owner liability when a dog attacks

When an animal bites you, it can have a very traumatic effect, and can often result in serious injury. In addition to the emotional distress being a victim of a dog bite can cause, there is also the physical pain to contend with. In extreme cases, a serious dog bite can result in permanent disfigurement, which will be life changing. On top of the physical and emotional stress a victim suffers, huge financial issues can arise. However, it is important to note that the victim is entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering.


New Jersey has strict laws about pet ownership. The pet owner is liable for any damages suffered by the person who was bitten if the individual is in a public place, or lawfully on private property. This is the case whether or not the dog has a history of biting or viciousness, and regardless of the owner's knowledge of the behavior.

Dog attacks almost always mean medical expenses for treatment of injuries and follow-up care, as well as a loss of income due to the inability to work. When an animal has bitten you, it's important to realize that you don't have to endure the added stress of financial worries. As a victim, you can seek damages to cover the expenses and lost wages, plus compensation for your pain and suffering.

After being attacked by a dog, it's important to seek legal representation immediately. An experienced attorney will be well versed in pet ownership responsibility and able to advise you of liability, explain your options and help you receive the maximum compensation possible by filing a personal injury claim against the dog owner.

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