Dog Bites

New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyers

At Raff & Raff, we represent injured individuals who have been hurt by dog bites. In New Jersey, dog attacks are not uncommon and there are laws specifically designed to help people who are hurt by attacking dogs.

The New Jersey Dog Bite Liability Law provides the following:

The owner of a dog the bites or attacks a person may strictly liable under NJ law. The statute, N.J.S.A. 4:19-16, reads, in relevant part:

The owner of any dog which shall bite a person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.

Basically, three elements must be proven for liability to attach. First, the defendant must be the owner of the dog.
Second, the dog must have bitten the injured party. Finally, the bite must occur while the plaintiff was in a public place or lawfully on the owner’s property.

Dog Bite Lawyer Approach (Why Us?)

The lawyers at Raff & Raff vigorously represent clients who have suffered a dog bit or attack. Many dog bite cases – especially if there are witnesses – are not difficult to win. The problem is usually in collecting money from the defendant. And if the defendant simply has no money or assets, you may just be out of luck. This is why it is important to locate all assets early on, so you know what your options are.

New Jersey Dog Bite Lawyer Free Consultation

If you have been injured in a dog bite attack and would like to know whether you have a case against the dog’s owner, you should contact us for a FREE CONSULTATION with one of our attorneys. We have been protecting the rights of people injured in dog bites since 1922, and we are very experienced with dog bite cases and other personal injury cases, especially in Passaic County, Bergen County, Essex County, Union County, and Hudson County, where our attorneys regularly appear in court and regularly interact with the lawyers for the insurance companies.

Remember, the insurance companies have teams of skilled attorneys who are aggressively representing their interests, and you should too.

Raff & Raff, LLP
Attorneys at Law
30 Church Street
Paterson, NJ 07505

Tel: (973) 742-1917
Fax: (973) 742-2454


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