Under New Jersey’s dog bite laws, “history of viciousness” is irrelevant in determining whether a victim is entitled to compensation after an attack. Owners (or the owner’s insurance company) cannot cite a dog’s placid history as a defense or mitigating factor in a dog bite case.
As part of the investigatory process, our dog bite lawyer will look into the dog’s history to determine if there’s a pattern of aggressive behavior and attacks. While such a history isn’t a necessary condition for receiving compensation, it’s still vital information to have.
Dog bite cases are complicated by a few factors. First is the fact that most dogs are pleasant, delightful creatures who enjoy the presence of people in their lives.
Second, even the most pleasant, delightful dog can react poorly in a stressful situation and bite an unsuspecting human victim.
Third, “stressful situations” from a dog’s perspective are quite different from “stressful situations” from a human’s perspective. There doesn’t need to be any provocation for a dog to react poorly to an unfamiliar situation- many new people in a dog’s presence or an unfamiliar location can be enough to throw off a dog’s equilibrium.
Still, it’s a good idea to learn as much as possible about the dog that attacked you. Our New Jersey dog bite lawyer understands the importance of a thorough investigation and will leave no stone unturned while representing you.
This information can prove useful for a variety of reasons. For example, in a case where provocation has been used as a defense, the fact that a dog has a history of bites can make for an excellent argument in response.
Every attack is unique, and we don’t pre-judge what information will be important. We will gather all the facts so that we will have as much evidence as possible when we fight for you.