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New Jersey Supreme Court Refuses to Extend the Rescue Doctrine to Include Rescue of Animal

By on July 8, 2022 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments

By: Erika Vasant, Law ClerkEditor: Betsy G. Ramos, Esq. In July of 2017, plaintiff Ann Samolyk injured herself when she jumped in a canal in an effort to save her neighbor defendant’s dog from drowning. In doing so, she alleged that she sustained neurological and cognitive injuries when rescuing the dog. The issue in the […]

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New Jersey Rescue Doctrine Does Not Apply To Rescue Of Pet Owned By Defendants

By on June 4, 2021 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Ann Samolyk almost drowned when she tried to rescue a dog owned by defendants Ilona and Robert Destefinis that had wandered into a canal between their respective homes in Forked River, New Jersey.  After trying to rescue the dog, Ann was found unconscious on a “floating dock” and suffered “debilitating brain damage.” In the […]

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