If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to collect for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and scarring. Many dog owners have insurance to pay these claims. Our experienced Massachusetts dog bite lawyers do not charge any fees unless you receive a settlement or award. Please call our 24-hour phone line or fill out a contact form online.
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Can I Get A Dog Bite Settlement?
In Massachusetts, dog owners are strictly liable or automatically responsible if their dog bites someone and often they have homeowner’s or other type of insurance to cover them.
Typically a dog bite settlement will pay the victim for their medical bills, lost income, scarring, pain and suffering, mental anguish and other losses. Our experienced Massachusetts dog bite attorneys here have settled many large dog bite cases over the past 28 years and we know how to get you all the money you deserve.
What Is The Legal Fee?
Under our no fee promise, we charge no fee until you get a settlement or award. We charge the standard fee of 1/3 of your settlement or award.
Who Is Responsible For A Dog Bite Injury?
In Massachusetts, dog owners, or their insurance companies, must pay injured victims if their dog bites someone. In some cases another person or entity may also be responsible. For example, you may be able to recover money from a kennel or person in possession of a dog, who was taking care of the dog at the time of the incident.
Also, property owners may be at fault if someone else’s dog bites someone, for allowing dogs on their property. Finally, landlords may be liable for dog bite injuries if they allowed a tenant to own a dangerous dog.
If a minor (person under the age of 18) owns a dog that has bitten someone, then the minor’s parents may have to pay costs of the dog bite injuries.
What Steps Do I Take After A Dog Bite Injury?
- Get name of the dog and dog owner.
- Get the address of the dog owner.
- Get witness names and phone numbers.
- Take photos of where the bite occurred.
- Take photos of the area you were bitten.
What Are Common Dog Bite Injuries?
- Broken Bones
- Anxiety, Depression and Phobia of Dogs
- In Rare Cases, Rabies
- In Rare Cases, Wrongful Death
What Is The Typical Treatment For Dog Bites?
Typical injuries are cuts and puncture wounds, which require surgery and can leave you a permanent scar. If a cut is on your face, often plastic surgery will be needed to lessen the visibility of the scar.
More serious injuries can cause permanent muscle damage, tissue damage, or broken bones, which require more extensive treatment.
Mental injuries like anxiety, depression, fear, and PTSD may also require ongoing professional treatment. These conditions can disrupt and limit a person’s daily life. For example, some dog bite victims are unable to socialize with friends who own dogs, go for walks, or visit public places such as parks because of the trauma caused by a dog attack.
Permanent scars can cause victims to feel humiliated and stigmatized by their injuries. Mental injuries can affect children in particular. Childhood is a time to develop mentally and socialize but traumatic dog bites can greatly alter a child’s mental and emotional state.
Do You Need A Massachusetts Dog Bite Lawyer?
Our attorneys and legal staff have the experience and knowledge to help you with your dog bite case. We have several offices located throughout Massachusetts so feel free to contact us for a free (no obligation) case evaluation to see if you have a good case.