Most dogs are friendly pets who would never dream of attacking kids or anyone else who happens to be walking down the street. However, there are also a lot of dogs who are predatory by nature and who simply cannot be allowed to roam free. Vicious dog attacks can leave a person with significant dog bite injuries that include skin lacerations, puncture wounds, broken bones, nerve and tissue damage, and permanent scarring. When the attack involved a small child, the results can be catastrophic because children are often unable to fend off a vicious dog. In fact, statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that more than half of all victims in fatal dog attacks are children, with the majority of those children being less than two years old.
NJ law recognizes the dangers posed by out-of-control dogs and requires dog owners to take steps to prevent attacks. That’s why many dog owners choose to keep their pets tied to leashes in the yard. However, there are also a lot of dog owners in New Jersey who elect to use electric fences to prevent their dogs from attacking people on the sidewalk. An electric fence is hidden underground and sends a shock to the animal whenever it moves past certain boundaries in the yard.
A major problem with electric fences is that they do not always work. There have been numerous instances of defective electric fences resulting in vicious dog attacks in New Jersey. Although dog owners can potentially be held liable for failing to properly install, or failing to properly maintain, their electric fences, it is also incumbent upon the manufacturer of the electric fence to ensure that it works correctly.
If you or a loved one was attacked by an out-of-control dog and sustained serious physical injuries, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the dog owner to get compensation for your medical bills, physical pain and suffering, and emotional trauma. Additionally, depending on the circumstances of the attack, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the faulty electric fence.
If you were injured by an out-of-control dog, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC will fight on your behalf and help you get compensated for your dog bite injuries. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.