who is responsible if a dog gets loose from a property and causes me injury in the street not on the property and the dog is owned by someone who was visiting

The dog attacked my dog while we were walking. My dog was not injured but in
trying to get it away i injured my arm which required surgery. The dog was owned
by someone visiting my neighbor.

Asked on April 16, 2016 under Personal Injury, New Jersey

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The dog owner is liable for negligence.  Negligence is the failure to exercise due care (that degree of care that a reasonable dog owner would have exercised under the same or similar circumstances to prevent foreseeable harm).
The dog owner is liable for your medical bills, pain and suffering which is an amount in addition to the medical bills, and if applicable, wage loss.
Compensation for the medical bills is straight reimbursement.  The medical reports will document the nature and extent of your injury and will be used to determine compensation for pain and suffering.  Compensation for wage loss is straight reimbursement.


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