Receiving Compensation For Dog Bites
Pet ownership in the United States is at an all-time high, and more families have dogs than any other type of animal. Although having dogs as pets is more common than ever, the number of dog bites has also increased.
Some families are attracted to breeds that are known for their guard dog skills, including pit bulls, German shepherds, Rottweilers and mastiffs. Other families unknowingly adopt dangerous dogs from shelters because there is no information available about the dogs’ breed or history. Unfortunately, even small dogs or dogs that are trained and treated well may bite someone for no apparent reason.
If you or your child suffered a dog bite injury, the dog’s owner can be held liable for the injury and subsequent medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Who Is Liable For The Injury?
In order to receive compensation for a dog bite injury, the first step is to determine who was responsible for the bite. In Massachusetts, most dog bite cases are classified as “strict liability” cases. That means the dog’s owner is responsible (or liable) for the injury, regardless of whether the owner knew the dog could be dangerous.
If you were injured on rental property, the landlord may also be held liable. If the landlord knew — or should have known — that another tenant had a dangerous dog, the landlord may be expected to contribute to your financial settlement.
Contact A Lawyer For More Help
I am Richard Connors, Attorney at Law, and I represent people in personal injury cases in Lynn and throughout Essex County. When you contact me, I can educate you about the compensation you may be entitled to, your legal options and the likely outcome of your case. Schedule a free consultation to learn more. Contact me online or by calling 781-593-4146.