Representing the Legal Rights of Individuals Injured by Animal Bites
Dogs, cats, and other domestic pets are owned by thousands of people throughout the state of New Jersey. While these kinds of animals can make excellent companions and even may have psychological benefit, they are also capable of causing serious injury when they bite. Dog bites are the most common form of animal bite, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are about four and a half million dog bites in the United States each year. In addition, some almost 20 percent of dog bites will become infected. If you’ve suffered an animal bite do not hesitate to call a NJ attorney to seek compensation for your injuries; the attorneys at Cozzi & Cozzi are available 24-7 to answer your questions, call today 201-450-1505.
Under New Jersey law, a pet owner can often be held liable for and injuries that occur as a result of his or her pet biting another person. The state statute regarding dog bites imposes strict liability on dog owners for any injuries that are caused by a bite, meaning that there is no requirement that the dog has bitten someone before to hold the owner liable, as there is in other states. Notably, a dog owner is liable for any injuries that a bite may cause even if the victim was trespassing on his or her land unless the trespasser intended to commit a crime. While dogs are specifically addressed by state law, other animals that are often kept as pets are also capable of causing serious injury when they bite, including the following:
As indicated above, New Jersey law often holds pet owners liable for the injuries and other losses caused by animal bites. Some of the kinds of damages that victims may be able to pursue include the following: