In New Jersey, if you have suffered personal injuries as a result of a dog attack, you have both statutory and common law causes of action which allow you to pursue compensation from the dog’s owner for your injuries.
If your injury was the result of a dog bite, the dog’s owner is strictly liable for the actions of their dog pursuant to a state statute. Under the statute, the owner of the dog is liable for your injuries even if the dog has no prior history of aggression/viciousness or has never bitten anyone else in the past. All a plaintiff must prove pursuant to the statute is that the defendant was the owner of the dog and that the dog bite occurred in a public place, or, if the dog bite occurred on private property, that the plaintiff was lawfully on the private property.
If a dog has caused you to suffer personal injuries that were not the result of an actual bite, you can still pursue compensation for your injuries. Under the common law theory of negligence, a plaintiff must prove that the dog’s owner owed a duty to take reasonable care to control or restrain the dog, that the dog owner breached that duty, and that said breach resulted in your injuries.
If you have suffered personal injuries as a result of a dog attack, whether by a bite or any other means, in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, contact the law office of Wilhelm & Roemersma, P.C. to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights to pursue just financial compensation for those injuries.