Dog bites are a common occurrence in Massachusetts, and they can lead to serious injuries and even death. In most cases, these incidents are preventable if owners take the necessary precautions to protect others from their pets. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages.
In Massachusetts, the law holds dog owners liable for any injuries their pets cause to others. This means that if a dog bites someone, the owner is responsible for any resulting damages. However, the victim must prove that the dog owner was negligent in some way, such as failing to leash their dog or failing to warn others of their pet’s aggressive tendencies.
Compensation for dog bite injuries in Massachusetts typically includes medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Medical expenses may include hospital bills, prescription medications, physical therapy, and other costs associated with treating the injury. Lost wages may be awarded if the victim is unable to work due to their injury, and pain and suffering compensation is meant to compensate the victim for the emotional trauma and physical pain caused by the incident.
The amount of compensation awarded in a dog bite injury case in Massachusetts depends on several factors, including the severity of the injury, the victim’s age and occupation, and the dog owner’s liability insurance coverage. In some cases, the victim may be awarded punitive damages, which are meant to punish the owner for their negligence and discourage others from engaging in similar behavior.
It’s important to note that Massachusetts has a “strict liability” dog bite law, which means that dog owners are responsible for any damages their pets cause, regardless of whether the owner knew or should have known of their pet’s aggressive tendencies. This is different from other states that have a “one-bite rule,” which allows owners to avoid liability if their dog had never shown aggression before.
If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury in Massachusetts, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately and contact an experienced personal injury attorney. They can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Remember, you have the right to hold negligent dog owners accountable for their actions and seek justice for your injuries. Please call us at 617-444-7777 for access to our free resources and a free consultation.