The ramifications of dog attacks can be considerable, with significant financial, legal and medical consequences. Victims of dog bite injuries who are unsure of their legal rights to recover damages may be uncertain of the critical steps to take after a dog attack. New Jersey is one of the states with a "strict liability" law when it comes dog attacks.
A former student of a high school in another state and her parents filed a lawsuit against the school, alleging negligence. As in New Jersey, there are laws in place to hold dog owners or other negligent parties responsible for animal bites. In this case, the defendants are the priest, campus minister, the high school, and several other parties who were involved in scheduling volunteers to visit senior citizens as part of a Meals on Wheels project.
Police in New Jersey recently reminded dog owners that it is their responsibility to secure their properties to prevent their dogs from escaping. Residents must not let their dogs off their properties without them being leashed to avoid passersby suffering dog bite injuries. This followed a recent incident when police were called to an incident in which a woman was walking her leashed dog when a pair of dogs escaped their owner's home and attacked her dog.
Dog bite attacks can be incredibly painful and traumatic in the moment. But what about the aftermath of the incident? Studies that examine the experience of dog bite victims have shown that the trauma of a dog-related attack can last long after the incident itself has ended.
Pet-owning residents of New Jersey have a responsibility to ensure that their pet does no harm to visitors on their property. Unfortunately, your safety cannot always be guaranteed. If you have been bitten by someone's pet, we at Lieberman, Ryan & Forrest, L.L.C., are here to discuss what the costs may actually be.
Any person in New Jersey who has heard others talk about pit bulls know that emotions can run high on this topic. Many people argue vehemently that this breed of dog can be just as loving, sweet and docile as any other type of dog. They assert that the nature of a pit bull or of any dog has more to do with how it is raised than what breed it might happen to be or include. Despite these assertions, it is a fact that pit bulls remain involved in more attacks than any other type of dog.
When people in New Jersey think of pets that may be prone to attack humans, their minds probably turn first to dogs. However, individuals may keep any number of animals with the capacity to bite. An Alabama man kept a squirrel, which he claimed to have raised from a baby, in a cage in his apartment. He now faces charges from state authorities for violating a law prohibiting the possession of wild rodents.
When New Jersey residents take their dogs for a walk, one of the last things they expect is for another dog to appear and attack. Aggressive dogs can pose a danger not only to people, but to other pets as well. It can be terrifying and heartbreaking to witness a beloved pet being attacked by another dog, especially if the attack results in the loss of the pet. In these situations, pet owners may be helpless in protecting their pets from an attack in progress. Sadly, this scenario occurred recently in the Atlantic Highlands.
For many children in New Jersey, sighting a dog is something to be excited about. Often, a child's reaction to noticing a four-legged friend may be to immediately run up to the pet and attempt to pet it. However, parents and guardians should be encouraging their children to be cautious when approaching an unknown animal and to ask for permission before they try to pet the animal.
Most people in New Jersey will never have to worry about getting a rabies vaccination. Unlike most vaccines, you typically only receive a rabies vaccination following a possible exposure. According to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, exposure to rabies involves contact with the saliva of an infected animal, which usually involves a bite but could also result from an infected animal licking an open wound on your body.