There is no denying the fact that dogs are one of the most popular pets in not only the United States, but right here in the Boston area. While most dogs are friendly, there are some that don’t like to interact with humans in any, way, shape, or form. Along with this, there are times when a friendly dog attacks for no logical reason.
Injured By a Dog? You May Have Options Available
Have you been injured by a dog? If so, you may be in a position to receive compensation for your injuries, as well as related damages. For those who live in Massachusetts, general laws (chapter 140, section 155) state that the dog bite victim must be able to prove four things:
- The victim was not teasing the dog or provoking the attack.
- The defendant is the owner or responsible handler of the dog and knew, or should have known of the dangers of the dog.
- The injured party was not committing a crime or trespassing when injured.
- The victim was actually injured by the dog with damages that can be compensated through an injury claim.
If these four things can be proven, the victim of the dog bite or attack is in a position to hire a personal injury attorney who can help them receive compensation. The state follows strict liability laws when it comes to dog bites.
What Is Strict Liability?
Strict liability refers to the laws that even if the owner took reasonable care to restrain the dog, they can still be held liable if the dog injures someone. Dog bites can also be considered negligence, which means that the owner acted in a negligent manner, which led to it injuring another person. But, because the state follows strict liability laws, pursuing compensation through a negligence claim is often not needed.
Depending on the severity of the bite or attack, the state may also pursue criminal charges against the owner. In these types of cases, fighting for compensation on your behalf is even more important so that you can collect the funds that you need to deal with your injuries and pain and suffering. Some cases may also involve property damages, like a bicycle while you try to flee the dangerous situation or a phone that you break while trying to call for help. If you are injured by a dog bite, the state law dictates that the owner is likely liable, under most circumstances.
Discuss Your Case With a Dog Bite Lawyer Today
When you experience a dog bite, you need a lawyer that will fight for your justice. A dog bite can be painful, but it can also affect you financially. In addition to medical bills, you may need time off work. We will also consider the emotional suffering that often comes with injures from a dog bite when determining the value of your case.
We have been practicing dog bite injury law for more than 45 years. We are here to protect the rights of anybody who has been injured by a dog.