Although some states have a “one bite free” rule about dog bites, New Jersey does not. Our law places full responsibility on the dog’s owner or caretaker to make sure the animal does not injure innocent adults or children.
At Gold, Albanese, Barletti & Locascio L.L.C., our founding Morristown personal injury attorney, Robert Gold, has 30 years of experience representing victims of all kinds of negligence, including the negligence of pet owners. If a dog in New Jersey attacked you or a loved one, count on us to pursue maximum compensation for your losses.
Although any animal can be vicious if not properly trained and controlled, the Humane Society of the United States does keep a list of the dog breeds that are most commonly responsible for wrongful deaths. These breeds include German Shepherds, Rottweiler, Pit Bulls, Malamutes, Huskies and St. Bernard.
Children Are Frequent Victims of Dog Bites
Children are particularly susceptible to dog bites in New Jersey and nationwide. Their short stature often places their heads, necks and faces within perfect reach of the canine’s teeth. Both a child’s physical and emotional scars from a dog attack need to be addressed and your child may be potentially eligible for compensation to cover both reconstructive surgery and psychological counseling.
Worried about Bringing a Lawsuit Against a Friend or Neighbor?
Many dog bite victims hesitate to file a personal injury suit if the animal’s owner is a friend, relative or neighbor. This is understandable. However, you should know that in most cases, homeowners insurance covers dog bite lawsuits. This means that you are asking for money not from your friend, but instead from his or her insurance policy – a policy intended to cover incidents such as these and provide the compensation you need to recover.