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What Should You Do If You’ve Been Bitten by a Dog?

Being bitten by a dog can be a terrifying experience. Since a dog can be rabid, it is important to call the police right away. They will bring in the animal control officer. Together, they will ascertain who the owner of the dog is and whether it has had its rabies shots.

New Jersey law is very helpful to the victims of dog bites. The most important requirement is that a dog bite victim be able to identify the owner of the dog or the house that it came from. Once ownership of the dog is established, New Jersey law imposes absolute liability on the dog owner. The dog bite victim does not have to prove that the dog was vicious. It does not matter that the dog never bit anyone before.

Get medical attention immediately at your local hospital emergency department. They will need to know whether the dog has been vaccinated in order to provide you with proper treatment. Take pictures of your injuries as soon as possible and then consult with a personal injury attorney.