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Boston Dog Bite Lawyer (we can come to you)
Boston dog bite lawyer Christopher Earley has extensive experience handling dog bite and dog attack these cases. If you were bitten or attacked by a dog, you came to the right place for legal help. We have achieved numerous, successful Massachusetts dog bite settlements over the years for our clients.
We only get paid if your case settles
When dogs attack, their victims are usually defenseless. Bites, puncture wounds, and scarring typically result from these attacks. Such scarring or disfigurement can be devastating both physically and psychologically. Frequently, the victim develops a fear of dogs. Children are often the victims of dog bite attacks.
Massachusetts Dog Bite Insurance Information
Dog bites are personal injury claims. These claims are made against the owner of the dog that bit you. The homeowners insurance company for the dog owner provides the insurance for the attack. If the dog owner does not have homeowners insurance, it becomes difficult to collect damages. In that situation the dog owner must be pursued personally.
As a Massachusetts dog bite law firm, we are fully committed to recovering full and complete personal injury compensation for our clients. We understand how difficult the experience of a dog bite can be for our clients, both physically and emotionally. We are here to guide you through this process smoothly so you can focus on healing and recovering from your dog bite injuries.
Boston Dog Bite Attorney Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have a case?
In Massachusetts, if a dog bites you, the owner of the dog is strictly (automatically) liable to you for all damages and losses the dog bite causes.
Do I need money to hire you?
No. We only get paid if the case settles and that is called a contingency fee.
How long does the process take?
It really depends on many factors. Once you are done with your medical treatment, then we can approach settlement with the homeowners insurance company for the dog owner.
Will I have to go to court?
Court is always a possibility, just like with any legal matter. However, given how friendly Massachusetts dog bite laws are for victims, trial is highly unlikely.
How do I find a dog bite lawyer near me?
Hire us. We handle all Massachusetts dog bite cases and we will travel to you if that is more convenient.
Do I need a Boston dog bite lawyer?
It always make sense to have representation. The insurance company will only offer you a fair settlement when you have a qualified Massachusetts personal injury lawyer on your side.
Dog Bite Injury Facts
- According to the CDC, there are on average roughly 4.5 million dog bites each year in the United States.
- On average, a dog bite attack happens every 75 seconds in the United States.
- Of all dog bites and attacks, roughly 2/3 are caused by pit bulls and rottweilers.
- Sadly, children are frequently attacked by dogs.
Common Dog Bite Injuries
- Broken bones
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Soft tissue injuries
- Rabies and other infections
Massachusetts Dog Bite Law
Massachusetts dog bite law is very clear: with few exceptions, if you are bitten by a dog, the owner of the dog is automatically liable to you. This is called strict liability. As long as the dog bite victim was not teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog, the dog owner is by law automatically liable to you for all damages you suffer from the attack. These three defenses do not apply to children under 7 years of age. These types of personal injury cases are covered by the dog owner’s homeowners insurance company. Dog bite cases against landlords for a bite caused by a tenant’s dog to another tenant, or visitor, are governed by a negligence standard.
It is important to know that Massachusetts dog bite law does not require you be bit in order for you to have a claim. All that is needed is to show that the dog caused you to be injured (even if there was no bite) in some way. This typically happens when the dog chases you and you come injured, even in the absence of an actual bite. As long as that is shown, the dog owner is strictly liable for all injuries you sustained.
What To Do After A Dog Bite
- Call the police
- Get the full contact information for the dog owner, and all witnesses to the attack
- Photograph your injuries
- Receive prompt medical attention
- File a report with the local animal control office
- Contact a qualified Boston dog bite lawyer
Massachusetts Dog Bite Compensation We Pursue For You
We help Massachusetts dog bite victims collect damages for the following:
- Payment for medical bills
- Payment for lost wages
- Payment for scarring or disfigurement
- Payment for pain and suffering
- All other damages caused by the dog bite/attack
Massachusetts Dog Bite Statues of Limitations
These cases have very strict time limits. You have three years from the date of the dog bite to bring a lawsuit in Massachusetts. Taking action promptly is the key to success with these claims. Delays never serve to help a dog bite claim in any way.
Boston dog bite lawyer Christopher Earley can help you during this difficult time. Keep in mind it is very important with these cases that you not speak with any insurance adjusters that contact you.
Massachusetts Dog Bite Law Firm That Get Results
We are Massachusetts lawyers for dog bites with extensive experience handling these cases. We aggressively pursue for our clients full and fair compensation for dog bite injury victims. Here is a sample of our results:
- $250,000 settlement for young boy attacked by a dog at a farm
- $85,000 settlement for woman bitten by dog at relative’s home
- $33,000 settlement for young girl bitten by dog while visiting friend’s home
Boston Dog Bite Lawyer Christopher Earley Offers You:
- Personal representation from start to finish for your dog bite case
- Routine status updates on the progress of your case
- A tireless commitment to maximize the benefits which you are entitled to
- Years of experience with investigating, litigating, and settling all types of dog bite
- A proven track record of success
If you were bitten by a dog, call us today. We are Boston lawyers for dog bites. We do not collect a legal fee unless we obtain compensation for you.
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