Most dog bite injuries occur on the property of somebody you know, like a friend or relative. In New Jersey, if you are on that person’s property, with their permission, and you are attacked by their dog and injured, you have a right to recover for those injuries. Keep in mind that their homeowner’s insurance usually covers them for incidents like this. If a dog, or any animal bites you, and the owner is present, you need to ask some questions. If you suffer a dog bite injury, you should find out whether or not the dog is up-to-date on its shots, whether or not the dog has had any other history of violence, and any other issues you should be aware of regarding this dog.
If someone else’s dog inflicts a dog bite injury, and you do not know that person, there is some information that you need to gather; very much like information you would gather if you were in a car accident. You need:
- The name and address of that person;
- Confirmation that the person owns the dog;
- Evidence that the dog has had proper shots; and
- Proof that the dog is properly licensed and registered.
In New Jersey, if you are injured, you may have a right to have your medical bills paid for by that person’s homeowner’s insurance or regular insurance. Different rules apply to different situations in dog bite injury cases. Most such cases occur on the property of the owner, but if somebody happens to be walking their dog in front of your house and you get bitten, you need to know what your rights are. Speak with an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney to protect your rights.