Attorney D. Robin Gouveia from d’Oliveira & Associates recently negotiated a $250,000 settlement for a Portsmouth, RI woman from Commerce Insurance. Our client was about to throw a ball when she was viciously bitten by a dog. Our client sustained extensive and painful bite injuries to her face and arms.
Attorney Gouveia, who worked on the case, stated, “The client suffered a severe, disfiguring dog bite injury while in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Under the laws of the Commonwealth, since the client was not teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog, strict liability applies. We brought a claim against the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance company for the injury. We were able to successfully negotiate a final settlement that included payment of her medical bills, and compensation for her scarring, disfigurement, and the pain and suffering she endured.”
In Massachusetts, the dog bite statute is quite clear. When a dog bites a person without provocation, the owner of that dog is strictly liable to pay for the injuries and resulting pain and suffering. A dog may be provoked by teasing, abusing or tormenting the dog prior to the attack. Dog bites can cause serious permanent scarring that could require expensive plastic surgery to repair. As a precaution, all dog owners should keep their dogs on a leash or fenced in a yard.
Contact An Experienced RI Dog Bite Lawyer Today!
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a dog bite attack, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering, among other losses. If you believe you have a claim, you want to call a Rhode Island Dog Bite Lawyer right away. Our experienced attorneys have over 20 years of experience with these types of cases. Just call us today toll-free 24/7 at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out an online contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.