Dog bites often happen without warning. Even the "friendly" dog next door can suddenly turn violent. But the impact can be serious and lasting. Under New Jersey law, the pet's owner is responsible for both physical and emotional harm.
If you or your child suffered dog bite injuries, contact the attorneys at the Eder Law Firm. Our East Brunswick practice handles cases in Essex, Ocean, Union, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset Counties, the Jersey Shore, and throughout New Jersey where our clients have been harmed. Call 732-937-9100 for a free consultation.
Under state law, a dog's owner is strictly liable for injuries to others. There is no "one free bite" defense — you can seek monetary damages even if the animal has never bitten anyone before, even if the dog was on a leash, or even if the incident occurred on the owner's property.
The statute does require a bite, not merely aggressive behavior. However, if you were knocked down or suffered injuries fleeing a dangerous dog, you might still recover compensation under negligence laws.
With over 50+ years of litigation experience, our personal injury attorneys at the Eder Law Firm have handled a full range of dog attacks, from bites on the hands, arms and legs, to young children bitten on the face, ears or neck. We have successfully represented a man whose chin was nearly ripped off by a pit bull when he opened the door to a friend's house, a woman whose leg was mauled by a leashed dog, and even a man who was bitten on the face after being warned to stop playing with a toy dog.
The Eder Law Firm aggressively pursues all damages that apply:
If you are injured or unable to travel to our law office in NJ for a free consultation, we can come to you or make the proper accommodations to better suit your needs.