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 Forte. 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 Forte today at 973-635-5400 for a no-cost consultation.