If a dog bit you or a loved one, you may be able to collect for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other losses. Many dog owners have insurance to cover these claims. Our knowledgeable Massachusetts dog bite lawyers do not charge any fees unless you obtain an award or settlement. Call us 24/7 at 1-800-922-6878 or fill out a contact form online for a free (no obligation) consultation.
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Can I Get a Settlement for my Dog Bite Injury?
If you were injured by a dog bite, you may be entitled to compensation. In Massachusetts, dog owners may be held legally accountable for the actions of their dogs. This means that if a dog bites someone, the owner could be held responsible by paying for the injuries suffered as a result.
A dog bite settlement will compensate the injured victim for their medical costs, lost wages, scarring, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other losses. Our proficient Massachusetts dog bite lawyers have settled many dog bite cases over the past 30 years and we know how to get you the compensation you deserve. For a list of our best dog bite settlements, click here.
What is a Dog Bite Case Worth?
It is always dependent upon the circumstances of your case. Losses that occurred due to your injury will be factored in when all evidence has been collected and your medical treatment has concluded. Read more.
What is Our Legal Fee?
Our firm charges the standard legal fee in personal injury cases, which is 1/3 of the settlement or award. This is what is known as a contingency fee. Our fee is contingent upon us obtaining compensation for you. Therefore, up until that point, there are no fees charged.
Who is Responsible for a Dog Bite Injury?
By Massachusetts law, dog owners or their insurance companies must compensate injured victims if their dog bites someone. There are some cases when someone other than the owner may be held responsible. For example, you may be able to recover money from a person who was taking care of a dog at the time of the incident. In another situation, property owners may be at fault if someone else’s dog bites someone while on their property. Landlords may even be liable for dog bite injuries if they allowed a tenant to own a dangerous dog. If a minor owns a dog that has bitten someone, the minor’s parents would have to pay the costs of the injuries. Read more.
What Should I do After a Dog Bite Injury?
If a dog bit you, it is important to get as much information as you can about who owns the dog, such as the name, address and contact information. Talk to any witnesses that saw the dog bite occur and get their contact information. Document everything you can about the scene of the incident and what happened. Take pictures of the place where the bite occurred. It is also a good idea to take pictures of any visible injuries you sustained. As with any injury, seek appropriate medical attention right away. Make sure to follow up with any further treatment you may need. Once these things have been taken care of, you should contact a knowledgeable Massachusetts dog bite lawyer to help get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
What are some Common Dog Bite Injuries?
Many possible injuries can result from a dog bite. The most common injuries include bruising, cuts, puncture wounds and scarring. However, the emotional damage brought on by a dog bite can also take its toll on a victim and have long-term consequences. Scarring can lead to a great deal of emotional pain since the injury serves as a daily reminder of what happened. Other common injuries include the following:
- Anxiety, Depression and Phobia of Dogs
- Broken Bones
- Pain and Suffering
- Wrongful Death
What is the Typical Treatment for Dog Bites?
The treatment will depend on the severity of your injury. As stated previously, it is important to seek medical attention right after a dog bite. Talk with your doctor about the best options for your treatment. Common injuries caused by dog bites include cuts and puncture wounds. Treatment for these injuries could require stitches or even reconstructive surgery to repair. Dog bite injuries can often leave scars. If the injury is on your face, plastic surgery may be required to lessen the visibility of the scar. Severe injuries can cause permanent muscle damage, tissue damage, or broken bones, which usually require extensive treatment and ongoing therapy.
Emotional damage, like anxiety, depression, fear and PTSD, may also require ongoing professional treatment. These conditions can negatively impact a person’s daily life. Some dog bite victims are unable to socialize with friends who own dogs, go out on walks, or visit public places that may have dogs, such as parks, because of the trauma the bite caused. These mental injuries have a stronger effect on children in particular. Childhood is a time to develop mentally and socialize. However, dog bites can greatly alter a child’s mental and emotional state. It can take years to break out of this traumatic experience that left an imprint on their minds.
Contact an Experienced Massachusetts Dog Bite Lawyer
Our Massachusetts dog bite lawyers and legal staff have the experience and knowledge to help you with your dog bite claim. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, scarring and pain and suffering, among other losses. There is no fee unless we obtain a settlement or award on your behalf. Call us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online for a free (no-obligation) case evaluation.