While the common dog is a domesticated animal that, for the most part, has lost many of its most instinctive and wild behaviors, dogs can still be dangerous. In fact, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reports that there are more than 4.5 million dog bites per year according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dog bite injuries can include bone fractures, serious blood loss, external injuries, scarring, and more.
If you are bitten by a dog in Revere or surrounding areas, knowing what types of damages are recoverable to compensate you for your dog bite injuries is important. Our lawyers can help – call us today for your free consultation and information specific to your case.
Massachusetts Dog Bite Statute
First, it is important to understand liability for dog bites that occur in Massachusetts. Under Massachusetts statute, dog owners are held strictly liable for injuries that their dogs cause. This means that the dog owner can be held liable for your damages even if the owner had no idea that their dog would attack (the only exception to this is if you were trespassing or teasing/tormenting the dog at the time of bite).
While you can bring a claim against a dog bite owner via statutory law, you can also bring a common law case if appropriate. In a common law case, you are asserting that the dog bite would not have occurred but for the negligence of the dog owner.
What Types of Damages Can I Recover?
Under Massachusetts statute, you have the right to hold the dog owner strictly liable for your economic losses. These damages include all of your medical expenses, and may also include compensation for any lost wages or other economic damages you suffer as a result of the dog bite. Typically, these damages are paid via the dog owner’s homeowners’ insurance.
If you bring forth a negligence-based claim, you may also be able to recover noneconomic damages as well. Noneconomic damages include compensation for things like the value of your pain, suffering, distress, disfigurement, and diminished quality of life.
Our Dog Bite Injury Lawyer Can Help
If you are bitten by a dog, you may have questions about what your claim is worth and how to recover the compensation you deserve. When you contact our dog bite lawyer in Massachusetts, we will help you to understand whether you should bring a statutory law or common law claim against the dog owner, how much you may be able to recover, and what steps to take to maximize your settlement.
To schedule a free consultation with our personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Alan Hildreth King & Associates, call us today at (781) 284-2900, or send us a message using the contact form on our website. Our goal is to make sure you get the settlement award you deserve.