While dogs are one of the most common household pets in America, dogs can be notoriously dangerous, too. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and that about one in five dog bites is serious enough to require medical attention.
If you are bitten by a dog in Massachusetts, you may have questions about what to do after a dog bite injury and how to recover compensation for your harm. Here’s what you need to know:
- Get Medical Care
The very first thing that you should do if you are bitten by a dog is to get medical care. Dog bites have the potential to be dangerous and can result in injuries such as bone fractures, lacerations, serious bleeding, and infection. Keep documentation of this medical care.
- Document and Report the Dog Bite
It is very important that you write down exactly what happened leading up to the dog bite, including where the dog bite occurred and what you were doing at the time of bite. You should also note whether or not the dog was on leash, you were on private property, etc. Next, it is important to report the dog bite to the appropriate authorities. In Revere, you should call the Division of Animal Control. If you live outside of Revere, check with your local authorities regarding where you should report your dog bite.
- Call a Dog Bite Attorney and Learn About Dog Bite Liability
After you have sought medical care and reported your dog bite, you’ll want to initiate the claims process as soon as possible. In order to do this, you should call an experienced Revere dog bite lawyer who can guide you through the claims process and explain to you liability for dog bites under Massachusetts law. In Massachusetts, dog owners are strictly liable for harm caused by their dogs, which means that you do not need to prove that the dog was “dangerous” and that the dog owner knew of the dog’s dangerous nature in order to recover damages. Instead, you only need to prove that the dog caused property damage or bodily injury and that you were not committing a crime, trespassing, or provoking the dog at the time of bite.
Reach Our Massachusetts Dog Bite Lawyer Today
At The Law Offices of Alan Hildreth King & Associates, our experienced dog bite lawyer can represent you if you have suffered injuries as a result of a dog attack. Attorney Alan H. King has been a lawyer for 38 years and understands the ins and outs of personal injury claims in our state. To schedule a free consultation with The Law Offices of Alan Hildreth King & Associates, please call us today at (781) 284-2900. You can also reach by sending us a message using the intake form on our website.