Egg Harbor Dog Bite Lawyer
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According to the Center for Disease Control, there are about 4.5 million dog bites per year in the United States. In New Jersey, the average payout in a dog bite claim is approximately $75,000 according to the insurance industry. Unfortunately, dog bites take place in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey the same as everywhere else. Dog and animal bites are serious issues that require experienced legal representation. As a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years, I have handled a number of dog bite cases with considerable results. If you or your child have been bitten by a dog in Egg Harbor Township, call me, Joseph Monaco, to learn how an Egg Harbor Dog Bite Lawyer can help you in this time of need.
New Jersey Dog Bite Strict Liability Law
N.J.S.A.. 4:19-16 states:
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. For the purpose of this section, a person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner when he is on the property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner thereof..
Egg Harbor Township Dog Ordinances
Chapter 97-1 – Definitions
When applied to the proprietorship of a dog, includes every person having a right of property in such dog and every person who has such dog in his keeping.
Any dog which has been declared by a Municipal Judge to be a vicious dog, which has attacked or bitten any human being or which habitually attacks other dogs or domestic animals.
Chapter 97-29 Disturbance of Peace
No person shall own, keep, harbor or maintain any dog which habitually barks or cries.
Chapter 97-30 Running at Large
No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog or any other animal shall suffer or permit it to run at large upon the public streets or in any public park or in any public building or in any other public place or on any private property.
Chapter 97-31 Leash
No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog shall suffer or permit it to be upon the public streets or in any of the public places of the Town unless such dog is accompanied by a person over the age of 12 years and is securely confined and controlled by an adequate leash not more than six feet long.
Chapter 97-33 Commission of Nuisances
No person owning or having a care or custody of a dog shall knowingly or negligently permit any dog to commit any nuisance upon any sidewalk or crosswalk of any public street or other thoroughfare; nor in or upon any public building or any paved approach to such building from the street; nor in or upon any public park or public playground; nor shall any such person omit to do any reasonable and proper act nor omit to take any reasonable and proper precaution to prevent any such dog from committing a nuisance in, on or upon any of the places or premises herein specified nor upon plants, shrubbery or flowers or upon any private property.
Chapter 97-36 Restraint of Dogs
A. Owners, caretakers, guardians or handlers of dogs will exercise diligence and reasonable care to prevent said dogs from leaving their premises regardless of whether their premises are owned, leased or rented. Restraint exists when the dog is:
(1) Enclosed and properly provided for pursuant to N.J.S.A. 4:22-17 within a house, building, properly maintained fence, pen or other enclosure.
(2) Pens or other enclosures for each dog must be four feet in height and square footage as follows:
(3) The pens or other enclosures shall include a soundly constructed, safely positioned and properly maintained doghouse.
(4) Doghouses shall contain bedding such as straw or other absorbent material in a sufficient quantity to provide adequate insulation for the house. Bedding shall be maintained in a dry condition and renewed or changed as necessary.
B. Owners, caretakers, guardians or handlers of dogs will exercise diligence and reasonable care to keep dogs under restraint. In circumstances in which the dogs are not located on premises owned, leased or rented by the caretakers, guardians or handlers, dogs must be handled in a humane manner pursuant to N.J.S.A. 4:22-17.
C. Owners, caretakers, guardians or handlers of dogs may attempt to prevent said dogs from leaving the premises by installing an invisible fence. Owners, caretakers, guardians or handlers of dogs are responsible for the maintenance of the invisible fences and shall exercise diligence to keep the fence in proper working order.
Contact our Egg Harbor Dog Bite Lawyers Today
There are many legal issues in Egg Harbor dog bite claims. For example, a dog’s caregiver may be responsible for the dog bite to the same extent as the owner. If you think you may need an Egg Harbor Township Dog Bite Lawyer, call or text me at 609-277-3166 for a Free Consultation, or fill-out my online contact form. Either way, I am easily accessible. Plus, I offer the No Recovery, No Fee Guaranty.