Dogs bring joy to many people’s lives. But sometimes, often when you least expect it, dogs attack. Each year, dogs bite more than 4.7 million Americans nationwide. One in five dog bites result in injuries requiring medical attention, according to the Centers for Disease Control.What should you do if a dog bites you or your child? And what if you are the owner of a dog that has bitten someone else?
Laws covering dog bites vary from state to state. In Massachusetts, the owner of a dog is held liable for most dog attacks. But there are exceptions. They include if the victim was trespassing, committing another crime or teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog. Children under 7 years old who are bitten by a dog are presumed to have not done these things, but even that’s up for debate by law.
And don’t worry about having deal with your friends or neighbors directly if you or a loved one is a victim of a dog attack. Insurance companies handle dog bites. That means you get the compensation you’re entitled to without having to make enemies with the owner of the dog.
Certain steps should be taken right after a dog bite. There’s also things you can do as a dog owner to reduce the likelihood of your dog attacking someone.
Dog bite cases are complicated. Knowing what to do can be difficult. You may be entitled to more than you realize. Don’t assume anything. We can help. Contact the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone today. When you chose us, you get experienced, dog bite injury lawyers who know how to aggressively fight for your family to get the justice you deserve.
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