Brockton Dog Bite Lawyer
If you were hurt by a canine in some way, you can seek damages from the owner to cover your losses. Find out how to handle your claim by speaking with a Brockton dog bite lawyer.
Dog bites can result in horrifyingly serious punctures and lacerations, some that might result in permanent scarring and disfigurement. In extreme cases, amputation of fingers or hands might even be necessary. And this doesn’t even touch on the emotional trauma involved in being mauled by a canine.
If you were hurt by someone else’s dog, you can hold the animal’s owner or handler responsible for your damages and losses. A personal injury claim will allow you to seek a full settlement, but proving your case and negotiating a fair amount isn’t easy. A Brockton dog bite lawyer from the Law Offices of Joel H. Schwartz can help you build the case that gets you the financial compensation you need.
Strict Liability for Dog Bites in Massachusetts
Dog bites are somewhat unique from other personal injury accidents, as compensation can be pursued under what is called “strict liability.” In other personal injury situations, it’s enough for the at-fault party to have taken reasonable care to prevent the accident. This isn’t the case in dog attacks.
Under strict liability, you can seek financial damages whether the dog owner took precautions or not. So if a dog was penned but escaped and mauled you, you can still file a claim against the dog owner even though reasonable care was taken. This even applies to non-bite injuries caused by canines, such as being jumped on and knocked over.
In the end, as long as you were allowed on the property where you were attacked and didn’t provoke the dog, you should be able seek damages. Your Brockton dog bite lawyer will be able to help you determine what applies in your case.
Canine Attacks and Financial Compensation
The medical care required to treat a dog attack is likely to result in expensive medical bills—and that’s just the beginning. All of the expenses incurred and non-economic damages suffered because of the dog bite should be included in your compensation request.
Your Brockton dog bite lawyer will help you assess the value of your claim by working closely with your doctor to determine what your care will cost and how your life will be negatively changed. These are just a few of the damages that might apply to your claim:
- Medical bills, current and future
- Lost wages, income, and earning potential
- Cost of emotional and physical therapy
- Medical equipment and medications
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost enjoyment of life.
Contact a Brockton Dog Attack Lawyer
If you’ve been attacked by a dog, you can seek compensation from the animal’s owner. Doing so successfully will require knowing what your claim is worth and developing a case that proves fault. The Law Offices of Joel H. Schwartz has been practicing law for over fifty years, and can help you overcome both of these challenges.
Getting compensated starts with scheduling a free consultation with a Brockton dog bite lawyer. To arrange a time for yours, give us a call at 1-800-660-2270 or complete the contact form on this page.