Union County Dog Bite Lawyers
Dog owners have a responsibility to train their dog to be friendly and to restrain them if they attempt to bite. If an owner fails to take responsibility for their dog, you could sustain serious injuries. Both children and adults suffer injuries every year from unruly dogs, and the law firm of Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C. is dedicated to helping dog bite victims in Union County get the compensation they deserve. Our firm has been assisting with a variety of legal issues throughout New Jersey since 1955. We are a team of Union County personal injury lawyers with numerous different specialties. We utilize a team approach for every case, ensuring that you will get sage counsel in the office and aggressive representation in the courtroom.
Preventing dog bite injuries
Ultimately, dog owners are responsible for restraining their dogs and preventing them from injuring other people. However, a majority of dog bite victims are children, and they may not understand the proper way to approach a dog they see out of their homes. The most important thing your child should know is that they should always ask the owner’s permission before attempting to pet a dog. If the owner gives permission, remind your child that they should refrain from pulling the dog’s tail or other parts of his body, touching his food bowl, kissing his face, or approaching him from behind.
Strict Liability For Dog Owners
Some dogs can be unpredictable, and if they wind up injuring someone, the owners are held responsible. New Jersey has strict liability laws, which means that dog owners are liable for every possible injury caused by their dog. Even if the dog has never shown any signs of aggression or hasn’t bitten anyone in the past, New Jersey dog owners will still be held liable. Many dog owners take preventive measure, such as chaining their dogs or putting up warning signs to avoid potential issues. If the dog bites someone even when appropriate preventive measures have been taken, owners will still be held liable.
There are three exceptions to the strict liability rule. If the person bitten is a trespasser, a veterinarian who is currently treating the dog, or a stranger who provoked the dog by hitting it, owners are usually not liable. At Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C., we have a deep understanding of strict liability laws and will help you get the compensation you need to move forward after your injury.
Avoiding a dangerous dog
Dog breeds such as pit bulls and rottweilers are often labeled as dangerous. However, a dog is only as dangerous as its owner. If you know for a fact that a dog has been harshly treated or even trained to attack, avoid that owner’s property if possible. You should also never leave an infant alone with a dog, even if it’s a trustworthy companion, as infants tend to grab onto dogs without understanding that the dog can hurt them.
Contact our Union County dog bite lawyers today
Injuries caused by dog bites can lead to stitches and infections. If the negligence of a dog owner resulted in an injury to you or a loved one, call the Union County personal injury attorneys of Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C. at (908) 561-5577 or contact us online.