Fighting for the Rights Of Those Injured by Negligent or Careless Actions

Boston Dog Bite Lawyers

Representing Victims of Animal Attacks

Some of the most serious or harmful personal injuries by something you may not expect—dog bites. Dog bites and dog attacks on innocent and unsuspecting victims can lead to serious injuries, disfigurement, and scarring, and result in large medical fees, lost wages, and mental trauma. Many dog bites and dog attacks are unavoidable and caused by the dog owner’s negligence and failure to keep their dog under control.

At Mitcheson & Lee LLP we take pride in representing victims of dog bites and dog attacks. When deciding to file a claim for a dog bite or dog attack, it is important to speak with knowledgable attorneys who are familiar with dog bite cases and who have the experience necessary to navigate through the different insurance and liability aspects of the case. Our dog bite and dog attack lawyers in Boston work to ensure that victims of these attacks receive just compensation for their injuries.

Have you been attacked by a dog or other animal? Call (617) 934-3207 today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Massachusetts Dog Bite Statute

In Massachusetts, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs. In other words, Massachusetts does not have a "one bite" rule which would absolve a dog owner from liability if the dog had never shown aggression in the past.

Under the General Laws of Massachusetts, Chapter 140: Section 155, owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs unless the victim was:

  • Trespassing
  • Tormenting or abusing the dog
  • Committing a crime

Children under the age of seven are presumed to be incapable of committing these acts and are therefore exempt from these rules.

It is not required that you be bitten by a dog to have a claim against the dog’s owner. If the dog is in any way responsible for your injuries – such as, the dog caused you to fall as you were riding down the street on your bicycle – you may be able to file suit against the owner.

Does Negligence Play a Role?

Since Massachusetts is a strict liability state, injured parties are not required to prove that a dog owner acted negligently in order to seek compensation. Dog owners and handlers are still liable for injuries their dogs cause even if they take reasonable precautions to restrain and control their dogs.

Who Pays for Dog Bite Injuries?

Injuries caused by dog bites and dog attacks are covered by homeowner’s insurance. If the dog owner does not have homeowner’s insurance or if the insurance policy does not provide coverage for dog bites and dog attacks, you may still be able to receive compensation by pursuing the dog owner.

Compensation for dog bites may include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and other income
  • Permanent scarring and disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Out-of-pocket expenses

What to Do if You've Been Bitten

If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog, it is important to receive medical treatment for your injuries as soon as possible. It may also be worthwhile to identify the dog owner and discover the dog’s vaccination status.

At Mitcheson & Lee LLP, we strive to obtain justice for our clients who have fallen victim to vicious dog bites and dog attacks. Call (617) 934-3207 to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our Boston dog bite lawyers.

Real Results from Our Boston Personal Injury Attorneys

See How We Have Helped Our Clients Recover Fair Compensation
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