Information You Will Need After A Dog Bite

If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog, seek medical attention immediately, as dog bites carry the risk of infection and can transmit diseases. Once any injuries are treated, you need to know what legal rights you have and how to obtain compensation for your injuries and losses.

We have provided this page of frequently asked questions about dog bites in Massachusetts to help you understand your rights.

All of the attorneys at The Law Offices of Joseph J. Cariglia, P.C., in Worcester are experienced in dog bite cases, and our firm has been handling premises liability cases for over 50 years. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation today.

Q: What are the laws concerning dog bites in Massachusetts?

A: Massachusetts has one of the most comprehensive laws in place covering dog bites because the law imposes strict liability. This means that the owner or keeper of the dog is responsible for any injury the dog causes. If the owner of the dog is a minor, the strict liability would apply to the owner's parent or guardian. Exceptions exist for instances where the bite victim was trespassing or somehow provoked the attack. The law expressly states, however, that minors under the age of 7 are incapable of trespassing or provoking an attack.

Q: Whom should I contact if a dog bite has occurred?

A: Regardless of your relationship with the dog's owner, consulting a lawyer experienced in dog bite cases can help ensure that your interests are represented. An attorney can assist in the complex and technical insurance claim process, and may be able to secure a higher recovery than if you pursued a claim on your own.

Q: What kind of compensation can I receive?

A: Victims may be compensated for such things as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and mental suffering
  • Permanent scarring or disfigurement
  • Lost income
  • Property damage

If you have any questions about dog bites or are unsure where to begin, contact us today by calling us toll free at 866-491-6561 or filling out our online form.

At The Law Offices of Joseph J. Cariglia, P.C., every case receives individual attention, and we make it a priority to understand your goals and get you the resolution you need as quickly as possible. Our attorneys handle dog bite and premises liability cases throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.