We love them, we cherish them and for some of us, they are just as important as our children. Indeed, our pets add so much happiness to our lives, but it is important for New Jersey residents to remember that pets are also animals. As such, they can be prone to bite and seriously injure people.

No matter how nice and kind an animal appears, and no matter if the animal is known to be friendly, New Jersey residents should always prepare for the potential that the animal could turn on its owner or other individuals in the immediate environment. They should be especially careful to protect their children in the presence of any kind of animal. Taking the necessary precautions in this regard will help keep New Jersey residents and their children from becoming another number in our nation’s dog bite statistics.

Tragically, about 4.5 million Americans suffer dog bite injuries each year. Half of these individuals are children from the ages of 5 to 9. Approximately 20 percent of those bites require medical attention. Another frightening fact is that dog bite incidents usually happen to people who actually know the animal that attacked them.

Due to the dangers that animals represent, New Jersey law assigns responsibility to pet owners for the injuries their pets cause. If it can be shown that an animal owner neglected to take reasonable precautions – like using a leash and muzzle to safely secure the animal – then those who were harmed by the animal could have strong personal injury claims that they could pursue against the owner. At Goldstein & Goldstein, LLP, we have helped numerous plaintiffs seek financial damages relating to animal attacks, and we are available to review any potential animal attack lawsuit you may have.