Dog bite attacks are traumatizing incidents. Because dogs are generally considered loving and loyal animals, it is upsetting and shocking when a dog suddenly attacks. If you have recently been bitten or attacked by a dog, you are entitled to financial compensation.
Dog bites often result in serious injuries that require extensive medical attention, hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, and lengthy recovery. Victims may sustain the following types of injuries:
- Head trauma
- Deep wounds, punctures, or lacerations
- Deep scarring
- Broken and/or fractured bones
- Nerve Damage
- Psychological distress
Massachusetts has a "strict liability" law for dog bites. The owner of a dog that attacks or bites another person is legally responsible for the victim's injuries. The victim does not need to prove that the dog owner acted negligently, or that the owner had prior knowledge of the dog's penchant for aggressive behavior. The victim will be awarded damages as long as he/she did not trespass on the dog owner's property, or in any way mock, torment, or abuse the dog.
Dog bite victims in Massachusetts will be awarded damages upon successful resolution of their case. These damages will help cover the cost of any lost wages, current and future medical expenses, costs of medications, any physical therapy, counseling for psychological trauma, insurance costs, and any pain and suffering sustained.