A rabid kitten has exposed many people to rabies after it was brought to a local school this month. Health officials are investigating and are trying to determine the actual number of people and other animals who may have been exposed to the infected feline. In New Jersey, animal bites from cats have accounted for 85 percent of the rabies cases reported since 1989. This is attributed to the lack of vaccinations and the fact that cats are notorious roamers.
The Disease Control and Prevention reports that, across the United States, 4.5 million people each year are bitten by dogs and 400,000 by cats. Cats and dogs are the only animals included in these statistics. Without a doubt there are many more cases of animal bites that most likely did not require any type of medical attention. In New Jersey, recent changes require that all animal-related injuries be reported.
Dogs can be unpredictable, and even some whose owners believe them to be docile can act out of character and show unexpected aggression. In most cases of animal bites in New Jersey, unrestrained dogs in public areas and their owners are the culprits. An unusual case occurred in another state on a recent Wednesday when a 3-year-old child suffered a dog bite in the face at a restaurant.
New Jersey never seems to be lacking in dog attack cases. Recently, a couple of residents in Nutley reported suffering animal bites while out walking around their neighborhoods. Police were called to investigate in both incidents.
Tending a neighbor's animal while he or she is out of town or unable to for whatever the reason is something that many New Jersey residents are more than willing to do. What happens, though, if that animal attacks and injures its temporary care giver? Injuries from animal bites or aggressive behavior can be extremely damaging to the victim.
Law enforcement officials in New Jersey were contacted early in the day on March 21 after a pit bull attacked and injured five people. This happened at an apartment complex in Neptune. Per state laws regarding animal bites, the dog's owner may be held responsible for any damages sustained by the victims.
Numerous New Jersey residents have been attacked by domestic animals. Some of these attacks have only minimal impact on victims, while others have more severe -- if not fatal -- consequences. While there are many physical concerns following animal bites, one of the biggest is infection.
Anyone in New Jersey who has ever been attacked by a dog or other domestic animal knows that it can be a traumatizing event. Animal bites are known to cause a number of health and physical-related complications. These, of course, can result in one suffering emotionally and financially as well. If you have been attacked by an animal and have experienced losses as a result, you may have legal recourse.
Anyone who has been attacked by an animal knows that the event can be traumatizing. The treatment for animal bites can be extensive and expensive. As such, this type of incident is something that can have long-lasting physical, psychological and financial effects. New Jersey residents who have been the victims of animal attacks may be able to seek compensation for the various losses they have experienced as a result.
In accordance with the laws of the state in which one lives, when one has been injured as the result of an animal attack, he or she may have legal recourse. Pet owners may be held responsible for any losses sustained in cases involving animal bites. However, many pet owners may not have the cash on hand to actually pay personal injury judgments. How do pet owners pay victims compensation if ordered by New Jersey civil courts?