Dog Bite Injury

If a dog bites me, can I recover for my injuries?

Yes. New Jersey recognizes personal injury claims for people bitten by dogs.

What must I prove in order to recover for my injuries?

In order to recover damages for your injuries, you must prove that:

  1. The defendant owned the dog;
  2. The bite occurred while you were in a public place or lawfully on private property; and
  3. You were bitten by the dog.

What does it mean to be “lawfully on the private property” of the owner?

You are lawfully upon private property when you are expressly or implicitly invited by the owner or when you are in the performance of a legal duty, such as a mail carrier.

Does it matter if it was the dog’s first bite?

No. New Jersey’s “Dog Bite” statute imposes liability upon an owner regardless of whether the dog has bitten people on prior occasions or the owner’s knowledge of the dog’s propensity to bite.

Can I be held responsible?

The injured person can be fully or partially at fault if he/she incited the dog or knew of the dog’s propensity to bite.

If a dog attacks me and I am injured but not bitten, can I still recover?

Yes. If you are attacked by a dog and suffer injury, but the dog does not actually bite you, you can still recover if you prove:

  1. The owner failed to maintain reasonable control over the dog; or
  2. The owner knew of the dog’s propensity to bite or cause injury.

Where does a monetary recovery come from?

Dog bite claims may be paid by the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance company.

Multiple locations to better serve your needs—

Princeton, NJ

993 Lenox Dr, Building 2
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Phone: 609.896.9060
Secondary phone: 800.535.3425
Fax: 609.896.0629
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Marlton, NJ

401 Rte 73 N, Building 40, Suite 130
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: 856.874.4443
Secondary phone: 888.241.7424
Fax: 856.874.0133
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Yardley, PA

777 Township Line Road Suite 120
Yardley, PA 19067
Phone: 267.907.9600
Fax: 267.907.9659
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Morristown, NJ

222 Ridgedale Ave
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
Phone: 973.998.9683
Fax: 973.998.9687
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New York, NY

5 Pennsylvania Plaza 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 800.535.3425
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Philadelphia, PA

The Bellevue 200 S Broad St #600
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 267.907.9600
Secondary phone: 800.535.3425
Fax: 215.564.6245
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