Many people have heard of the “One Bite Rule” when it comes to owner liability for dog bites. One Bite laws do not hold a dog owner liable for the losses of bite victims if they did not know or had no reason to know that their dog had the propensity to bite. Once the dog bites the first time, owners are put on notice and held responsible for any subsequent bites. The existence of these laws results in many dog owners believing they get one “free” bite before they face any type of legal or financial liability.
Fortunately for dog bite victims in New Jersey, our state does not follow the One Bite Rule, and many dog owners are surprised to learn that they can be held strictly liable for even the first dog bite incident. Strict liability means that the dog owner can be held responsible even if they did not act in any type of negligent manner and were not actually at fault for the bite occurring in any way.
The strict liability animal bite law in NJ makes it much easier for victims to recover for their losses by either filing a claim with the dog owner’s insurance policy (if one applies) or by filing a personal injury claim in civil court. A bite victim may qualify under the strict liability statute if the following are true in their case:
- They were not trespassing at the time of the bite and had permission to be in that location
- They did not engage in any type of provocation of the dog that would lead the dog to bite
If you were bitten by a dog in New Jersey and the above were true in your case, you may be entitled to significant compensation under the law.
Call for a Consultation with a New Jersey Dog Bite Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has suffered severe injuries from an animal bite in NJ, the dog owner should be held liable for all of the losses that resulted from the bite. Such losses often include costs of medical treatment, emotional distress, physical pain, disfigurement, and more. Personal injury lawyer David H. Kaplan, Attorney at Law has helped many injured victims with their financial recovery through both insurance companies and the courts, so please call today for a free consultation to learn more about how we can assist you.