Category – Dog Bite
A 4-year-old girl recently had her ear bitten off by a dog in Alloway Township, New Jersey. The Gloucester County Times reports that the girl was on the dog owner’s property at the time of the attack. The girl required 65 stitches to reattach the ear, and will need surgeries in the future as a result of the attack.
Official charges against the owner were made, including owning a vicious dog and owning a potentially dangerous dog. Officials say this is not the first time charges have been brought against the dog owner. It is not known at this time if the dog owner will be forced to euthanize his dog as a result of this attack.
Dog bites can have devastating and lifelong consequences, especially for young victims. Injuries may include severe scarring (the need for surgical intervention), and, the need for psychological counseling.
Those who have been injured in dog attacks may be able to file personal injury claims against a negligent dog and/or property owner. New Jersey law requires a plaintiff (victim of an attack) to prove who owns the dog, that the dog attacked the plaintiff, and, that the plaintiff was either on public property or legally on private property at the time of the attack. Under New Jersey law, the dog owner is not automatically 100 percent liable for the dog’s actions. In some cases, the victim of the attack may be held partially responsible. This is true in cases where the victim may have, for example, provoked or abused the animal. If the victim of the attack wrongfully provoked the animal or was illegally trespassing at the time of the attack, they may be precluded from successfully bringing a claim for any injuries sustained.
It is important that one retain the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer to handle cases arising out of dog bite attack. The New Jersey dog bite lawyers at Blume Goldfaden have a long history of successfully representing victims of these vicious attacks. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, call our offices at 973-635-5400 for a no-cost consultation.
An 18-year-old Glassboro, New Jersey woman was bitten on the leg by a pit bull – a type of dog with known vicious propensities. The Gloucester County Times reports that officials took the pit bull into custody after the attack. The injured woman required treatment at a local trauma center. The dog’s owner claimed that the animal was on a leash and that the bite victim came too close to his dog. Local police are investigating this dog bite attack.
According to CDC statistics, each year, there are approximately 4.4 million dog bite injuries in the United States of which 800,000 require medical attention. Additionally, pit bulls and Rottweilers account for more than half of all dog bite fatalities in the United States.
In New Jersey, dog bite victims have the right to pursue compensation for physical and emotional injuries and damages they suffer as a result of an attack. New Jersey Statute 4:19-16, sets forth the responsibilities and liability of dog owners in such situations.
To pursue a claim against a dog owner, a dog bite victim must identify the dog owner and prove that the dog bit and injured him or her, and, that that they were in a public place or legally on private property at the time of the dog attack. The result of such claims depends upon various other issues including: Was the attack provoked or unprovoked?; did the dog have a history of viciously attacking other pets or people?; and was the dog restrained at the time?
The New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Blume Goldfaden have succesfully represented numerous dog bite victims. We understand the complexities of dog bite injury claims and the potential financial and emotional strain it can cause victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been involved in a dog attack, call 973-635-5400 for a no-cost consultation and evaluation of your potential claim.
A young girl sustained injuries after she was attacked by a pit bull in Lafayette Park in Jersey City. The Jersey Journal reports that police shot and killed the dog shortly after the attack. The victim was at the public park near a school on Van Horne Street with her family. Fortunately, it appears that the young girl did not sustain any serious injuries.
Victims of a sudden violent dog attacks may require multiple hospital visits, plastic surgery, physical therapy and sometimes may need psychological counseling or therapy.
In assessing liability in a dog attack case, several issues should be considered, including: Was the dog known to be aggressive? Did the owner properly secure the animal? However, in New Jersey, even the owners of dogs without a history of aggressive behavior, and/or the owners of the property on which the attack takes place, may also be held liable for the damages caused by a dog bite or attack. Many dogs found wandering as strays have tags or data chips, which can help identify their owners; and, such owners can be held accountable for letting their dog get loose.
Dog owners may have homeowners liability insurance which may be available to help compensate victims of dog bites or attacks. Victims can seek compensation for all physical and psychological injuries and costs that stem from an attack.
Since 1929, the New Jersey law firm of Blume Goldfaden has served the needs of our injured clients. Our New Jersey dog bite attorneys have handled numerous dog bite claims on behalf of victims of these often brutal and preventable attacks. If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, contact us at 973-635-5400 to get more information about your legal rights and options. Our no-cost consultation will help you determine whether you have a viable New Jersey dog bite claim.
A 70-year-old New Jersey woman was severely injured in a dog bite incident after two pit bulls brutally attacked her as she was walking on the street. According to an ABC news report, the woman was on her way to work when two dogs started following her. The dogs jumped on the woman biting her face, legs and arms, even ripping away pieces of skin and large sections of her scalp. At the time of this serious attack, the animals were being cared for by the owner’s friend. Police have issued summonses to the owner for having unleashed dogs, which is a violation of municipal code.
New Jersey has a “strict liability statute” when it comes to dog bite incidents. This means that a dog owner is legally liable for all of the damages inflicted upon a dog bite victim, even if the dog had never previously exhibited signs of being vicious or dangerous. According to New Jersey Statutes section 4:19-16: “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.”
If you, or, someone you love has been seriously injured in a dog attack, you may want to contact an experienced New Jersey dog bite accident lawyer at Blume Goldfaden. If it is determined that you have a valid dog bite claim, our skilled attorneys will pursue your claim to obtain compensation on your behalf for: loss of wages, physical pain and suffering, scarring, psychological and emotional distress, and, to help cover medical expenses and costs associated with any future reconstructive surgery. Contact Blume Goldfaden today at 973-635-5400 for a no-cost consultation.
WPVI TV (an ABC affiliate) reported that an animal control officer in Willingboro, New Jersey, was seriously injured after she was attacked by two pit bulls. The 62-year-old officer, a nine-year veteran in animal control, was addressing complaints that two pit bulls were roaming the neighborhood. Eyewitnesses told officials that the female officer was brutally attacked by the dogs, and that she was “dragged around like a rag doll”. The victim suffered 32 separate injuries including puncture wounds and severe lacerations. Fortunately, the woman assumed a fetal position, and used her radio to call for assistance. Responding police officers shot and killed the attacking pit bulls. No charges have been filed yet against the dogs’ owner, but, an investigation is ongoing.
In New Jersey, the owner and/or one in control of a dangerous dog can be held legally responsible for the dog’s actions, even if the dog has never shown signs of aggression or viciousness prior to an incident. In addition, owners of property where a dangerous animal is housed or otherwise kept may be responsible for allowing the dog to have access to the public; such as guard dogs at commercial premises.
In dog attack lawsuits, victims can seek compensation related to medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, the costs of cosmetic surgery to treat bite marks and scarring, and, for lost wages. Compensation in such cases may also include costs associated with the need for psychological therapy, which may be required for severely traumatized dog bite victims. Liability insurance coverage for defendants sued in dog bite lawsuits is generally available under their homeowner’s policy.
If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a dog attack, contact an experienced New Jersey dog bite lawyer at Blume Goldfaden today. We will evaluate your potential case to determine whether any meritorious claims can be made. Call 973-635-5400 for a no-cost consultation.