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Massachusetts Dog Bite Attorneys

Being attacked by a dog can be a terrifying experience. Dog bites and dog attacks can cause very serious personal injuries. Dog bites often cause facial scarring and other disfigurements, and victims often suffer severe psychological trauma resulting from the attack. Dog bites on children are particularly dangerous, and often result in severe facial scarring.

Massachusetts law protects victims of dog bitesdogbite

Massachusetts has very strict laws which protect persons who are bitten by dogs. Under Massachusetts law, a dog owner is required to restrain and control their dog to ensure the safety of those around them. The law holds the dog’s owner liable for personal injuries, scarring and, in the worst case, for the wrongful death of a victim of a dog attack. The injured person does not have to prove fault on the part of the dog’s owner or show that the dog is vicious or that it bit someone before. The victim must only show that he or she did not tease, torment, or abuse the dog prior to the attack.

Recovery for serious injuries and scarring caused by dog bites

In addition to severe personal injuries and scarring, victims of a dog attack often suffer emotional and psychological trauma. These psychological injuries can often be debilitating and require counseling to overcome. Medical treatment can be very expensive and may involve visits to a hospital, treatment by psychotherapists, and plastic surgery. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering, as well as damages for lost income.

A dog attack victim may be entitled to compensation for injuries caused not only by the bite or the attack itself, but also resulting from his or her attempt to escape. If a dog attacks a bicyclist or a pedestrian, other personal injuries may result from being knocked to the ground, including fractures or dislocations. People attempting to flee an attacking dog have also run into traffic, and been hit by a passing motorist.

No legal fee unless we obtain compensation for you

In dog bite cases, and in all personal injury cases, we are pleased to represent you on a contingent-fee basis. This means that you do not pay us for legal services unless we obtain a financial recovery for you.

For advice about your options if you are bitten by a dog, contact Sankey Law Offices at our Boston, Mansfield, or Braintree office. We will help you receive compensation for your injuries, property damage, and lost wages.