Hackensack Dog Bite, Attack and Maulings Lawyers
Hackensack, New Jersey is home to nearly 50,000 people. Since roughly one-third of all households in New Jersey own a dog, there are thousands of dogs in Hackensack that may potentially bite or injure other individuals. New Jersey is a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites—this means that proving negligence is not required in these claims. An injured dog bite victim may be able to claim lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, and other expenses so long as they are directly related to the dog bite. Even if the dog has never bitten or attacked anyone in the past, a dog owner is liable for the victim’s injuries in these claims. At Aretsky Law Group, P.C., our attorneys possess years of experience in dog bite injury claims.
However, New Jersey only imposes strict liability on a dog owner for injuries caused by a dog in dog bite claims. Dogs may certainly cause harm in other ways—for example, a dog may jump on someone, causing that person to fall and break a bone. In these types of claims, the victim must prove that the dog owner was somehow negligent. There are three elements to a negligence claim:
- The dog owner had a duty to reasonably control the dog’s behavior;
- The dog owner failed to fulfill that duty; and
- Due to the breach of the duty by the dog owner, the victim suffered damages.
Each of these three elements must be proven for a negligence claim to proceed. Without one of the elements, the claim will fail.
Of course, sometimes dogs bite and otherwise cause injuries in the same incident. It is important to understand the laws of New Jersey so that the proper avenues of recovery are pursued. An experienced dog bite attorney will ensure that your rights are protected through every step of these claims.
The dog owner may also try to claim that you are partly responsible for your injuries—for example, by arguing you were provoking the dog or that you were trespassing. Our attorneys work hard to weaken these defenses in dog bite claims.
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Aretsky Law Group, P.C.
2 University Plaza
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
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