Dog bite injuries reviewed in light of New Jersey Law
If a person sustained personal injuries because she or he was attacked by a dog in the State of New Jersey then the liability of the owner of said dog is governed under N.J.S.A. 4:19‑16.
N.J.S.A. 4:19‑16, in its pertinent parts reads as follows:
“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.”
As readily apparent, New Jersey, unlike other states, does NOT follow the one free dog bite rule. Whereby, in New Jersey the owner of a dog is not provided a defense that his or her dog has never bite a person before.
If you been injured as a result of a dog bite, give Dan T. Matrafajlo, Esq. a call for a free office consultation to discuss your rights.