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Dog attacks can result in serious injuries, scarring, disfigurement, and, in the worst cases, death. These are traumatizing experiences for victims, especially in the case of children. Unfortunately, these incidents are not rare. In 2017, 4.7 million dog bites occurred in the U.S. 800 of these incidents resulted in harm to individuals and children.
Libbos Law can help you and your family if you have suffered an injury as a result of a pet. From medical expenses to proper scarring evaluation, we will ensure that you receive optimum compensation. Laws make the owners or keepers of animals strictly responsible for the harm their pets cause to others. Our firm is dedicated to protecting your family, child, and loved ones in dog bite incidents.
Reach out to Libbos Law for a free case evaluation with a Springfield dog bite attorney. Contact us via email or by calling (413) 376-7007 today.
Massachusetts has established a dog bite statute that makes dog owners liable when their animals injure others.
The conditions under which this law applies include the following:
- The victim was not trespassing on the property where the attack occurred nor was committing any other tort (a civil wrong) and
- The victim was not “teasing, tormenting, or abusing” the dog in question.
Under this law, the dog owner (or keeper) is responsible even if the animal has never acted aggressively before. These individuals can be held liable for injuries or property damage.
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Massachusetts dog bite law goes beyond bites alone. If a dog jumps on you, knocks you down, and thus causes injuries, such as broken teeth, fractures, sprains, or other harm, the dog owner can also be held civilly liable for damages.
This law is what is known as “strict liability.” This translates into holding the dog owner liable even if he or she took measures to prevent the animal from harming others, such as restraining it with a leash. If the dog still managed to bite someone under these conditions, the owner can be held liable for damages. These damages include all medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional trauma.
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Dog bite cases can also be filed under a claim of negligence. In those cases, you must prove to the court that the dog owner failed to use reasonable precautions to avoid the attack which led to your injury. Whether under strict liability or negligence, you have three years from the date of the attack to file your claims against the dog owner. This is known as the “statute of limitations.”
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