Pleasantville Dog Bite Lawyer
When a dog bites or attacks someone in Pleasantville, New Jersey, the dog owner or caregiver is always liable to pay damages with very few exceptions. A dog bite victim can recover medical bills, lost wages and monetary compensation for pain and suffering and disfigurement. If a dog has bitten your or your child, or has jumped on you causing injuries, you should learn your rights by speaking with a Pleasantville Dog Bite Lawyer. Call me, Joseph Monaco, for answers.
Pleasantville dog bite injuries are often serious – physically and emotionally. Scarring and nerve damage can last a lifetime. So can post-traumatic stress disorder. That’s why it is best to get immediate medical attention at the nearest emergency room or urgent care center. And then follow-up with the proper medical professionals such as a plastic surgeon or psychiatrist.
New Jersey Law Governing Pleasantville Dog Bites
N.J.S.A.. 4:19-16 is a strict liability law eliminating the need to prove negligence. It 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.
Pleasantville New Jersey Dog Ordinances
Chapter 90, Section 2 – Definitions
Owner: When applied to the proprietorship of a dog, includes every person having a right of property in such dog and every person who harbors or has such dog in his keeping.
Section 9 – Running at Large
No dog, whether licensed or not, shall be permitted by its owner or keeper to run at large upon any of the sidewalks, streets or public places of the city at any time; provided, however, that the owner or keeper of a dog, his agent, servant or employee may permit his dog to be upon the sidewalks, streets, avenues, highways or alleys if such dog shall be led by a line, leash or chain fastened to the collar or harness upon such dog. The line, leash or chain shall be held by such owner or keeper or his agent, servant or employee in such manner that the dog shall be kept fully under control of such owner or keeper, or his agent, servant or employee so as to prevent the dog from biting persons upon the sidewalks, streets or public places and in such manner as to prevent said dog from causing damage or injury to property of any of the residents of this City.
Section 17 – Vicious Dogs
A. Any dog which has attacked or bitten any human being or which habitually attacks other dogs or domestic animals is hereby defined to be a “vicious dog” for the purposes of this section.
B. It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police or Acting Chief to receive and to cause to be investigated complaints against dogs. When any dog complained against shall be deemed by the Chief of Police or Acting Chief to be a vicious dog as herein defined, he shall report the facts to the Municipal Judge, who shall thereupon cause the owner or person harboring such dog to be notified in writing of the complaint against such dog and to appear before said Judge at a stated time and place. The Judge, at the time set for such hearing, shall inquire into the facts and give all interested persons an opportunity to be heard, under oath, and to be represented by counsel.
C. If the Judge shall decide, in accordance with the evidence before him, that such dog complained of is a vicious dog as defined by this section, notice of such decision shall be given to the owner or person harboring such dog. Thereafter, no such dog, determined as aforesaid to be a vicious dog, shall be permitted to run at large or be upon any street or public place in the city, except while securely under leash, as provided in § 90-9 hereof. The owner or person harboring any such vicious dog who shall suffer or permit such dog to run at large or be upon any street or public place in the City, while not securely muzzled and under leash, shall be guilty of a violation of this article.
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Call or text 609-277-3166 to hire me, Joseph Monaco, as your Pleasantville Dog Bite Lawyer. If you put your faith in me, I will work relentlessly to make sure you do not come to regret your decision to hire me. You may phone, text or fill out the online contact form. No matter how you reach me, I offer a Free Consultation and the No Recovery, No Fee Guarantee. I have over 25 years of experience as a New Jersey Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Trial Lawyer.