Monmouth County Dog Bites & Attacks
Monmouth County, New Jersey is located in the central part of the state. Monmouth County is home to over half a million residents. Roughly one-third of all homes in the state of New Jersey have a dog—therefore, there are thousands of dogs residing in Monmouth County. Although most dog owners never experience a negative incident with their pets, there are numerous dog bite and other dog attacks in New Jersey every year. At Aretsky Law Group, P.C., our dog bite attorneys possess the expertise necessary to ensure our clients’ interests are protected throughout the claim.
If a dog bite is the only injury you suffer, your claim may proceed under New Jersey’s strict liability dog bite statute. In a strict liability claim, the negligence of the defendant is not considered. Rather, the defendant dog owner is automatically liable for the harm the dog has caused. In addition, the dog’s past behavior is also not considered—it is irrelevant whether the dog has attacked before. In a dog bite case, the victim may be compensated for medical bills (current and future), lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and other types of damages.
If the dog causes injuries in other ways (such as by tripping or jumping on the victim), the case proceeds as a negligence claim. In a negligence claim, the victim must prove three elements:
- The dog owner had a duty to prevent the dog from causing injuries;
- The dog owner breached this duty by failing to reasonably restrain the dog; and
- Due to this breach, the victim suffered damages.
In a negligence claim, the dog’s history and the conduct of the owner may be considered. If the dog had a history of attacking others and if the dog owner failed to take reasonable measures to restrain the dog, the dog owner will likely be liable for the victim’s injuries.
An experienced dog bite attorney will understand which avenues of recovery to pursue in a dog attack case and how to build the strongest case possible.Have you Been Injured by a Dog?
If you were injured by a dog, you need an experienced dog bite attorney to assist you with these claims. To schedule a consultation at one of our Monmouth County meeting locations by appointment only with the attorneys at Aretsky Law Group, P.C., call 800-537-4154 or use our convenient Live Chat feature today.