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The 411 on dog bites in Massachusetts


Dogs are often considered man’s best friend, but the reality is that they can also be dangerous. A dog bite can result in serious injuries, including physical scars and emotional trauma. In Massachusetts, if you are the victim of a dog bite, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

The first step in filing a dog bite claim in Massachusetts is to seek medical attention. Even if the wound appears to be minor, it is important to have it properly cleaned and treated to prevent infection. It is also important to document your injuries with photographs and medical records, as this will be important evidence in your claim.

Once you have received medical attention, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney. A skilled attorney can help you navigate the complex legal process and ensure that your rights are protected. Your attorney will review the facts of your case, gather evidence, and negotiate with the dog owner’s insurance company on your behalf.

In Massachusetts, dog owners are strictly liable for any injuries their dogs cause. This means that the owner is responsible for compensating the victim regardless of whether the owner knew or should have known that their dog was dangerous. However, the victim must prove that they were not trespassing or committing a crime at the time of the attack, and that they did not provoke the dog.

It is important to note that not all dog bites result in physical injuries. In some cases, the emotional trauma of a dog attack can be just as devastating as physical injuries. Victims may experience anxiety, fear, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of the attack. If you are experiencing emotional trauma as a result of a dog bite, it is important to seek counseling or other forms of mental health treatment.

The dangers of a dog bite go beyond the physical injuries and emotional trauma. In rare cases, a dog bite can result in a serious infection, such as rabies. It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a dog bite to ensure that any potential infections are caught and treated early.

In conclusion, if you have been the victim of a dog bite in Massachusetts, it is important to seek medical attention, document your injuries, and contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Dog bites can result in serious injuries, both short and long term. For more information, please contact our office at 617-338-7400. 

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