Holding Negligent Pet Owners Responsible For Your Injuries
While we all love and care about our pets, many owners often forget that their dogs, and other pets, are still animals that have the capability of inflicting serious and severe injury. While each situation is unique, New Jersey law states that the owner of the animal is legally responsible for the harm their dog causes to another person. This means that, even if the dog’s owner took reasonable precautions to protect against a dog bite, or other sort of attack from a dog, that they are liable for any injury that results. Although regardless of whether the animal had a history of violent behavior, an injured party may even be able to recover punitive damages. These are damages which are designed to punish the dog owner, in the event of a favorable outcome at the time of trial. Dog bite cases typically find the dog owner strictly liable, the victim needs to have been on public property or legally on private property when the attack or injury occurred. In other words, the law does not protect a person who was unlawfully on the property (such as a trespasser or burglar) if they are injured by the animal in question. The attorneys at our firm are dedicated to recovering deserved compensation for our clients and the victims of dog bite cases.