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It is often difficult for people who have not been the victim of a dog bite attack to really imagine how vicious and damaging such an attack can be. We hear "dog bite" and tend to think of minor nips from a household pet. However, victims suffer severe, debilitating injuries, many of which they have to deal with for the rest of their lives.
New Jersey is among the majority of American states that makes a dog owner legally liable for all of the damages inflicted upon a dog bite victim, even if the dog had never previously exhibited the propensity to bite humans. This liability results from New Jersey Statutes, section 4:19-16, which reads as follows:
4:19-16. Liability of owner regardless of viciousness of dog
The owner of any dog which shall bite a person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness.
For the purpose of this section, a person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner when he is on the property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner thereof.
To recover under N.J.S.A. 4:19-16, a plaintiff must prove only that the defendant owned the dog, that the dog bit the plaintiff, and that the plaintiff was in a public place or lawfully on the owner's property. If the statute does not apply, a cause of action also can be based upon common law strict liability for scienter, negligence, and negligence per se. De Robertis v. Randazzo, 94 N.J. 144 (1983).
A firm understanding of the medical issues faced by victims of dog bite attacks requires ample experience with these cases. Of course, dog bite cases often include medical issues that are secondary to the most visible injuries. The unseen effects of a dog bite can linger and negatively affect your ability to navigate the world around you. Please call Radano and Lide at 856-691-2500 or contact us online for a free consultation.