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Dog Bite Attorney in Westfield, NJ

New Jersey has a policy of strict liability when addressing dog bites and dog attacks in Westfield, NJ. This means that a dog owner in Westfield can be held liable for damages if his or her dog bites another person on public property, or if the victim is lawfully on private property, regardless of whether or not the dog had any history of aggressive behavior. New Jersey Statute 4:19-16, entitled “Liability of owner regardless of viciousness of dog,” states the following:

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.

Dog Bite

In many cases, dog bites happen to people who know the dog and the owner, making the idea of filing a lawsuit against them for damages even more difficult. However, a majority of owners carry homeowner or liability insurance that actually covers the damages resulting from dog bites and dog attacks and protects dog owners. This can include financial compensation for:

  • Medical treatment
  • Scarring
  • Cosmetic surgery to ameliorate the physical injuries
  • Lost wages
  • Counseling for emotional and psychological damage
  • Pain and suffering

It is important to report the Westfield, NJ based bite incident to the local animal control and/or local law enforcement. Call us at (908)228-8800 for a Free Consultation in Westfield, NJ. Protect your Rights by calling us at Portnoi Law.