Sometimes dogs are our best friends. They are part of many families and provide love and companionship. But some dogs become vicious and may hurt you or your loved ones. It happens often, and from time to time dog-bite injuries can result in death.
Dog bite injury? Please call (201) 944-9200 to speak to an attorney.
Dog bites can inflict serious, devastating and permanent injuries:
- Severe lacerations
- Crushed or broken bones
- Terrible scarring
- Puncture wounds
- Serious infections
- Emotional trauma
Specific dog breeds and cross breeds are more likely to attack and maim humans.
Not every dog attack leads to death, of course. Most victims will receive non-fatal injuries. Of the non-fatal injuries, many of the dog attacks result in terrible bone crushing injuries, and deep puncture wounds leading to infections and scarring.
Another huge problem in the aftermath of a dog bite attack are the emotional injuries. These psychological wounds can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Generally, the dog attack can bring a serious decline in self-image, coupled with a new terror of dogs. Together, the impact on one’s life can be severe. It is these types of deep emotional scars that can weigh heavily on the victim, beyond the scarring, impairment or disfigurement.
Some dog bite victims are so devastated, working is difficult or impossible. Victims may suffer horrible flashbacks and nightmares that prevent them from leading a normal, productive life.
No ‘One Free Strike’ Law in New Jersey
No vicious dog ‘one free strike’ or ‘one prior attack’ law exists in New Jersey. The law here follows the concept of strict liability. The dog owner is liable for damages that the victim suffers. This is the case regardless of whether the owner knew or did not know the dog was vicious earlier. The dog bite attack can happen in either a public or private place where the victim was lawfully present.
Need a Lawyer?
Were you or a loved one injured or killed in a dog attack? Please call (201) 944-9200 to speak to an attorney. Our office offers free consultations and we will ensure that you receive the maximum possible compensation for your physical and/or emotional injuries.