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Most of us love dogs. They are known as “man’s best friend” for a reason. Unfortunately, certain dogs are neglected, poorly trained or are simply vicious by nature. If you have been attacked by a dog, there is a very good chance you now qualify for financial compensation that you may need to heal. Speak with our knowledgeable New Jersey personal injury attorneys today to learn more about how our firm can help you through the claims process ahead.

How do I know if I can sue a dog owner for an attack in NJ?

To sue a dog owner for an attack, you will have to prove that you were attacked either while lawfully on the dog owner’s property, or that you were attacked while on public property. That being said, if you taunted the dog or hold some level of responsibility for the attack, you may not win your lawsuit.

After a dog attack, the first thing you should do is call the police, who will also send an ambulance to the scene. From here, you should ask the dog owner for his/her contact information. Next, ask anyone who saw your accident for their contact information, and take pictures of any injuries you have sustained. Finally, after being treated at the hospital, retain the services of an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney who knows how to satisfy the burden of proof, and win you the compensation you deserve.

How long can I wait to sue someone for an injury in New Jersey?

Every state has a statute of limitations in place when it comes to personal injury claims, and New Jersey is no different. Though it may be tempting to wait to see if your injuries get better on their own without having to sue, we cannot advise you to do so. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Jersey is two years, meaning you will have two years from the date of your incident to take legal action against the negligent dog owner. Do not wait any longer than two years, for if you do, you will most likely be barred from suing. We are ready to fight for your right to a swift recovery today.


When someone is injured due to another party’s negligence, it is only right that they receive the justice they deserve. As a victim, your only job is to call us, and we will take it from there. Please, do yourself a favor and do not wait. If you or someone you know was injured in an accident and is seeking financial compensation, contact the legal team at McNerny & McAuliffe today. Our firm is also experienced in handling legal matters relating to divorce, family law, criminal law, and more. We are here to help.

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