Blake W. Rush is an experienced personal injury lawyer who represents victims of serious dog bites in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. To find out if you have a claim, schedule a free consultation today.
Dog bites can result in lasting physical and emotional injuries. New Jersey and Pennsylvania both have dog bite laws in place to help victims secure financial compensation for their losses, and if you or your child has been bitten by a dog, it is important to stand up for your legal rights. At the Law Office of Blake W. Rush, we represent dog bite victims throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. If you or your child has suffered serious injuries in a dog attack, we can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
New Jersey’s Dog Bite Law
In New Jersey, dog bite claims are subject to the law of “strict liability,” which means that dog owners (or, typically, their homeowner’s insurance companies) are liable for victims’ injuries regardless of whether (i) the owner was negligent, or (ii) the owner knew that their dog was dangerous. New Jersey does not follow the “one-bite rule” that applies in certain other states around the country.
As a result, with only limited exceptions, dog bite victims in New Jersey are entitled to full compensation for their bite-related losses. For victims who experience significant scarring, these losses typically include substantial medical bills, loss of income, prescription costs, emotional distress, permanent disfigurement, and pain and suffering.
Pennsylvania’s Dog Bite Law
Pennsylvania’s dog bite law is a bit more complicated. In Pennsylvania, there are two preliminary questions that need to be answered:
- Did the dog attack result in a “severe injury”?
- Has the dog bitten or otherwise injured anyone in the past?
If the attack resulted in a “severe injury,” then the victim is entitled to recover full compensation for all of his or her bite-related losses. Pennsylvania’s dog bite law defines a “severe injury” as a broken bone or a disfiguring laceration requiring multiple sutures or plastic surgery. For attacks that do not result in severe injuries, the law only provides for recovery of medical expenses.
However, this assumes that the dog has not injured anyone in the past. If the dog has previously shown a vicious propensity, its owner can be held liable for all bite and attack-related injuries.
What To Do After a Dog Bite
Regardless of the circumstances involved, if you or your child suffered a dog bite that resulted in serious injuries, it is important you take the necessary steps to protect your legal rights. Take photos, talk to any witnesses, get medical attention, and seek experienced legal representation as soon as possible. For more information, we encourage you to read our Injury Quick Start Guide, and then contact us for a free consultation.
Find Out If You Have a Dog Bite Claim in NJ or PA
Attorney Blake W. Rush provides experienced legal representation for dog bite victims in New Jersey and Pennsylvania focused on delivering exceptional results. If you or your child has been bitten, call (908) 713-9800 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.