In September 2017, a New Jersey man saw his neighbor’s dog, an American Bully named Tank, running off the leash in his yard. When he went outside to assist the neighbor’s 16-year-old niece, the dog lunged at his face, biting both cheeks and the end of his nose. The man suffered serious disfigurement and lost part of his nose in the attack, requiring more than 60 stitches in his cheeks, as well as extensive surgery on his face. Since the dog bite injury, he has spent thousands of dollars of his own money on medical treatment and his recovery is far from over. Now, a year later, he is still haunted by the attack.
Following the attack, Vernon Township’s animal control officer impounded the dog, who now faces the prospect of court-ordered euthanasia. Under New Jersey’s vicious dog law, animal control officers are allowed the authority to remove any animal that injures another person or domestic animal. The owner of the dog was fined $233 by a Vernon Municipal Judge in December for harboring an unlicensed dog and not having proper rabies documentation.
Dog Bites Are Often Serious
A dog bite can be serious and may result in permanent disfigurement or disability. A dog’s strong jaws and teeth are designed to puncture the skin, tissue, and muscle beneath. This can result in blood vessel damage, muscle trauma, and disfigurement. Dogs that are not up-to-date on their vaccinations may also spread serious diseases to their victims, such as rabies. Children between the ages of 5 and 9 are more likely to be bitten by a dog than any other age group and their injuries are often severe and life-threatening.
Are New Jersey Dog Owners Responsible for Dog Bites
In the state of New Jersey, dog owners are liable for a civil lawsuit when their pet bites another person. Even if the dog does not have a history of biting or attacks, all owners are responsible for their dogs and for the damages and injuries they cause. If the dog has a history of violence against other people or other pets, then a dog owner must take additional precautions, such as muzzling the dog in public or fencing in their yard. Even if a dog has never displayed aggressive tendencies, it should be kept on a leash at all times when in public.
Dog Bite Victims Need Experienced Legal Representation
If you or someone you love has been bitten by a dog, it is important to know your legal rights. Dog bite injuries are often worse than many people believe. As such, accident victims need a law firm with experience litigating dog bite cases on their side from the very start. Call Rosner Law Offices, P.C. today for a free initial consultation and review of your case. Our New Jersey dog bite attorneys know how traumatic and disfiguring dog bite injuries can be and we work tirelessly for our dog bite injury clients. Contact us at (856) 502-1655 or fill out our confidential contact form and someone will call you back immediately.