Despite the fact that most dogs are lovable, there are times when these animals can attack. While a dog bite does not always lead to a lawsuit, there are situations when this is the case. No matter where you live, there are laws in place to protect your rights and help you receive the compensation that you deserve.
Who Is Liable for a Dog Bite?
It is not always easy to determine who is liable when a dog bite occurs. But, the law dictates that a dog’s owner is liable if the following factors are true:
- Their dog caused personal injury or damage.
- Plaintiff was not trespassing or provoking the dog prior to the attack.
These elements not only cover dog bites, but also any other injuries that someone might experience from a dog. This could include scratches or flesh wounds. It could also include injuries from falling down. As a strict liability state, most cases will not be considered negligence, but instead, that the owner held a responsibility to keep the injured safe.
As an injured person, this means that we don’t need to demonstrate the owner’s fault. An owner is typically considered to be responsible, even if the dog has never shown aggression.
Damages Covered in a Dog Bite Case
Generally speaking, the victim’s homeowners insurance will cover damages related to a dog bite, including but not limited to:
- Medical care
- Lost wages
- Rabies immunization
- Pain and suffering
- Additional out of pocket expenses
State laws also allow for the recovery of compensation of property damages, including fences, phones, or any other personal belonging that might have been damaged during the attack.
Pain and Suffering and a Dog Bite
It is not uncommon to experience pain and suffering following a dog bite. The initial injury itself can be painful, but so can the aftermath. Someone who is bitten by a dog may have to get stitches. Additionally, experiencing a dog bite can be a traumatic experience. It can lead the person to be fearful of dogs, or even walking through their neighborhood.
While it is more difficult to place a value on these types of costs, it is possible. These types of damages are just as life-changing as the economic ones, so it is important to include them in your case. A severe injury can also prevent someone from returning to work, which also deserves to be compensated.
Discuss Your Case With a Dog Bite Lawyer Today
You will never know if you are in a position to file a lawsuit to receive compensation until you speak with a qualified attorney. Over the years, we have helped many people throughout Massachusetts receive compensation following a dog bite. Contact us to set up a free initial consultation during which time you will learn more about your rights.