Dog Bites

If you have been the victim of a dog attack you are entitled to recover for your injuries, scarring, medical bills, pain and suffering and other related losses.  Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 140, Section 155 provides Massachusetts residents with one of the strongest laws in the country for the victims of dog bites.

A dog owner or its keeper is strictly liable for dog bites, unless the victim was trespassing, teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog.  This means that you can recover against the owner of a dog for any attack or bite, even the dog’s first bite!  The only exception is if the victim was somehow antagonizing the dog.  However, the Massachusetts law goes further to protect minors under the age of seven (7).  For these victims there is a presumption that the minor child was not trespassing, tormenting or abusing the dog.

It is important to obtain as much information about the dog that bit you as soon as possible.  Following a dog bite you should immediately seek medical attention.  You should also identify the owner or keeper of the dog.  This will allow you to find out if the dog has had all of its veterinary shots as required by law.  It will also help you determine the proper parties to place on notice of your injury claim.  If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog contact Goldman Law Offices, P.C.  as soon as practicable to protect your legal interests.