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 Boston dog bite lawyers 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:
- 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