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Understanding Dog Bite Lawsuits In New Jersey

New Jersey has a strict liability dog bite statute. This means that even if the dog owner was trying to restrain the dog or if the dog was provoked, the dog owner is held liable for any injuries caused by a dog bite. The only exception is if the victim was a trespasser who intended to commit a crime. To file a dog bite lawsuit, the only requirements are to prove that you were bitten, that the person you are suing owns the dog and that you were either in a public place or lawfully on private property.

Dog Breeds Most Likely To Bite

Under the right circumstances, almost any dog will bite. Dogs of any breed that are trained specifically to bite or not trained at all may attack with little provocation. However, police reports and court records indicate that certain breeds are more likely than others to bite humans. Some of the breeds that show up most often in reports of dog bites include:

  • Pit bull and pit bull mixes
  • Rottweiler
  • German shepherd
  • American bulldog
  • Mastiff/Bullmastiff
  • Wolf-dog hybrids

Aside from keeping your distance and not provoking a dog, there is very little you can do to prevent a dog from biting if they perceive you as a threat. Signs that a dog may become aggressive include growling, raised fur and stiff body posture.

Successfully Representing Dog Bite Victims

Getting bitten by a dog is usually a very traumatic experience. Our lawyers have seen countless dog bite victims in Bergen, Passaic, Essex and Hudson counties sustain face injuries, head and neck trauma and nerve damage. We understand the physical and emotional pain dog bites can cause. Our seasoned attorneys know how to get dog bite victims the compensation they deserve.

Contact Us At Hanna | Perez, P.C.

If you or a loved one suffered injuries from a dog attack, we can help. Hanna | Perez, P.C., has recovered over $100 million in damages for our clients. Call us now at 201-224-9400 or fill out our online contact form.

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