Boston is home to many dog parks and is a fantastic city for pet owners to live in. But if a negligent dog owner fails to properly train or look after their dog, someone can get injured. In cases like that, the state of Massachusetts has specific laws pertaining to dog bites, and Morgan & Morgan’s Boston attorneys may be able to help.
We understand how to deal with any intricacies of the Massachusetts dog bite law that may limit our clients’ chances of recovery so that they obtain the compensation needed to cover medical bills, lost wages and other losses. This provides us with a distinct advantage over other personal injury law firms that are not familiar with dog bite cases.
Painful, frightening, and often serious, a dog bite requires rapid medical and legal attention. To learn more about what one of our attorneys in Boston can do for you, fill out our free, no-obligation case evaluation form.
Your Rights After a Dog Bite Injury in Boston
Massachusetts legislature does have a section regarding liability in dog bite cases. Included in these laws are the following:
- If someone’s dog damages your body or property, the dog’s owner or owner’s guardian is liable for the damage unless the person damaged person was found to be trespassing or abusing the dog.
- If the person bitten was a minor, it is presumed that they were not trespassing or abusing, and the burden of proof is on the defendant.
- If the dog belongs to a law enforcement officer in relation to the officer’s duties, his or her employer will compensate them for any compensation they have to pay for damages.
If you were not committing an illegal act when the dog bite occurred, you have rights, and the dog’s owner can be held liable.
How A Dog Bite Attorney Can Help
Physical injury from a dog bite can be extensive, and long-term medical care may be necessary. In the event of a dog bite, common injuries include:
- Laceration and puncture wounds;
- Blood loss;
- Nerve damage, loss of sensation, or loss of function;
- Disfiguring scars;
- Broken or crushed bones from attack or fall; and
- Emotional trauma.
In the most tragic cases, permanent disability or death can result from a dog attack. When you suffer losses from a dog bite, you may need a rapid legal response to cope with mounting medical bills, especially if your injury prevents you from working. In Boston, our attorneys may be able to support your claim through the following:
Investigation: Dog bite cases require immediate attention. Animal bites must be reported and dogs quarantined if the dog has not been vaccinated for rabies. We evaluate the location of the attack, licensing, prior dangerous dog behavior, and gather appropriate evidence and photographs to secure and support your claim.
Information: Morgan & Morgan attorneys work closely with you, keeping tabs on your injury and its’ severity to see how you are healing. Often, this involves going through medical records, which can be used as additional evidence in your favor.
Negotiation & Litigation: We are skilled settlement negotiators and trial lawyers. That means that we’re willing to go the extra mile in trying to get you a higher settlement if we feel you deserve it, and we’re able to take your case to trial. We are willing to do what it takes to get you what you need, and we want to make sure your case is satisfactorily closed.
Contact Morgan & Morgan Today
If you have been injured by a dog in Boston, you may be entitled to recover compensation for present and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and more. To learn how our Boston dog bite attorneys may be able to help, please complete our free case review form today.