Boston Dog Bite Lawyers
Call the Attorney Injury Group if you’ve been attacked by a dog
There are many factors involving a dog bite case including the breed, size of the victim, and duration of the attack and how quickly the victim received medical attention following the injury. The Massachusetts Department of Health reports that the most common injuries stemming from dog bites are to the head, face and neck occurring in young children.
An estimated 73% of children under the age of 4 will suffer an injury to the head, face and neck from a dog bite. After a dog bite, children should be examined for facial fractures and nerve damage immediately upon receiving medical attention.
Dog bite injuries are more often sustained to the arms, legs and torso, when an adult is involved. The most common injuries reported among dog bite victims include:
- Crush injuries
- Tissue loss
Regardless of your age, all dog bite victims should immediately seek medical attention following a bite/injury and the assistance of a dog bite injury lawyer in Boston. At the very least, doctors will want to prescribe victims antibiotics in order to ensure a serious infection does not develop. The local animal control office should also be informed regarding bites.
What is the Law?
The owner of a dog is strictly liable for any injuries a victim suffers from in a dog attack, in a majority of the cases. When the victim was trespassing, or committing any other crime or abusing the dog there is an exception and the victim could be held responsible. Any child under the age of 7 will automatically be presumed as innocent and having done nothing to provoke an attack. If the child allegedly teased or abused the dog or was said to be trespassing, the burden of proving an exception for liability will rely on the defendant dog owner.
It should be noted that not all dogs are vicious and even those who bite may have no previous history of aggression.
In Massachusetts, unlike other states, a plaintiff is not required to show that the owner was aware of any propensity of violence. The reason why Massachusetts’s legislators were so strict on this specific point is because dog bites have become a major problem. An estimated 6,300 dog bites are reported each year in the state of Massachusetts.
Preventing Dog Bites
A majority of dog bite fatalities involve either Pit Bulls or Rottweiler’s – known as “bully breeds”; other breeds are responsible for fatalities but at a smaller extent. With proper training and supervision these incidents can be prevented and a majority of dogs wouldn’t become a risk to others. Owners must properly socialize their dog in order to reduce the risk of a dog bite from occurring out of fear.
The Attorney Injury Group will fight aggressively to protect your rights. If you or a loved one suffers from a dog bite injury call the experienced Boston dog bite injury lawyers at the Attorney Injury Group for help. Call us today at 617-934-7000 for a FREE, confidential consultation. When you call our experienced Massachusetts personal injury lawyers, we will investigate every detail of your accident at no cost to you.
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