Do I Need A Lawyer For A Massachusetts Dog Bite Accident?

Do I need a lawyer for a Massachusetts dog bite accident?

Dog bites are personal injury events that happen much less frequently than other more common types of injury claims such as car accidents and slip and falls.  However, they do occur more than most people realize.  For those involved in a dog bite accident, the question that often arises is do I need a lawyer for a Massachusetts dog bite accident?

If you were the victim of a dog bite, whether or not you need a lawyer really depends on whether or not you were injured in the attack.  If no injuries were sustained, you likely don’t need a lawyer.  However, typically these accidents do not leave victims unscathed.  Typically scarring any other serious injuries can result.  When that is the case, it makes sense to hire attorney for the dog bite.  Plus, the attorney only gets paid if the case settles which is called a contingency fee.  That means only if there is a settlement does the attorney get paid.

If it was your dog that injured the victim, you will not need to hire a lawyer if you have homeowners or renters insurance.  These insurance policies, with limited exceptions, cover dog bite attacks.  That means the insurance company is responsible to provide, and pay for, a lawyer do defend you if the case is filed in court.

However, if you have neither homeowners or renters insurance, then you will need to hire a lawyer to represent you.  You will be responsible to pay the lawyer our of your own pocket when in this situation.  Also, you will be responsible to pay any settlement or verdict out of your own pocket as well.

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Whether you were the victim of the dog bite, or if it was your dog involved in the attack, I encourage you to reach out to us for answers to your dog bite law questions.  We stand by ready to help you.