There is no denying the fact that dogs have been among the most popular pets for hundreds of years. However, these animals are not always as cute and kind as they appear from a distance.
It is unfortunate, but there are times when a dog attacks and people get hurt. In many cases, these attacks are unprovoked.
If you have been attacked by a dog, you may be wondering what is covered. Generally speaking, your homeowner’s insurance policy will cover any damage or injury associated with the attack, including:
- Medical treatment
- Lost wages
- Rabies immunization
- Pain and suffering
However, to learn what damages are included, it can be helpful to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer today.
Do I need Proof?
According to Massachusetts General Laws (Chapter 140, Section 155), as a victim of a dog bite you need to prove the following:
- That the defendant is the owner of the dog
- That the victim was not injured while trespassing on another’s property or committing a crime
- That the victim was not harassing the dog
- That the victim was actually injured by the dog
With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, you will have somebody on your side who can help you prove the above, subsequently allowing you to be compensated for your injuries.
Recoverable Costs in a Dog Bite Case
A dog bite can lead to painful injuries. It can also lead to ongoing medical needs and disruption to your daily life. Following a bad dog bite, you could develop a fear of dogs. Temporary or ongoing medical needs can also limit your ability to earn an income. Each of these costs should be compensated.
Fortunately, the state allows for the recovery of the damages including current and future medical bills, property damages, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If the bite led to you needing counseling or another type of psychological services, these costs may also be recovered. Some people may also need help covering rehabilitative services, or medical equipment to recover.
If you are unsure what your legal rights are following a dog bite, then it can be helpful to reach out to a dog bite lawyer today. A lawyer can help you evaluate your options, whether that means filing a claim with your homeowner’s insurance, or the owner’s insurance company. In some cases, owners may also be personally liable. Reach out to a qualified lawyer today.