Can I Pursue Legal Action After a Dog Bite Injury in New Jersey?

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If you were injured by a dog bite, you may be qualified to receive financial compensation for the negligence of a dog owner. Reach out to our firm today to learn more about how our experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys can help you.

Can I take my dog bite injury to court in New Jersey?

In the state of New Jersey, pet owners are accountable for the behavior and actions of their dogs. This means that if their dog attacks or causes harm to another person, the dog owner will be held responsible for that behavior. It is also important to note, however, that in order to shave a strong claim against a dog owner for a dog bite injury, the injured party must demonstrate that they were attacked in a public place or while they were lawfully on private property. In the case where the dog owner can prove that the injured person actually provoked their dog, which resulted in a bite, a legal claim may not be possible. Furthermore, if the dog bite happened while an individual was trespassing on another’s property when he or she was bit, then a lawsuit may also not be feasible.

What evidence do I need to show after a dog bite incident?

If an individual was injured by a dog bite and would like to pursue legal action, they will be required to satisfy the burden of proof. This means that they must be able to prove the dog owner’s negligence by showing substantial evidence. This can be done by showing that the dog owner had knowledge of his or her pet’s violence. It will also be beneficial to look into the dog’s history to see if there were other incidents or claims of the animal’s violence on others.

In addition to reporting the dog’s history of violence, there are further types of evidence that can support a negligence claim. Some of the most important pieces of evidence you can provide include the following:

  • Police reports from the accident
  • Medical documentation of the injuries
  • Witness statements to confirm the claim
  • Security footage of the accident if it occurred in a public place

If you have questions or concerns about how you can file a successful personal injury claim for your dog bite, look no further. Our dedicated New Jersey firm is dedicated to helping you defend your rights.


Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.