Dog Bite or Dog Attack

A dog is mans best friend and in most cases they are members of your family.  There is nothing like it when you come home from work and your dog is happy to see you.  However, some of these dogs bite, causing serious injury.  Hundreds of thousands of people are bitten every year by dogs and in some cases the injury requires reconstructive surgery.  Children are some of the most common victims of these attacks and certain situations death can occur.

The attorneys at Barsom Law Group represent clients in dog bite attacks in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  Rhode Island and Massachusetts have the toughest dog bite laws in the country. 

Some common injuries that result from dog bite attacks are:

  • ·      Abrasions
  • ·      Skin punctures
  • ·      Tissue loss
  • ·      Lacerations
  • ·      Scars
  • ·      Infections
  • ·      Fractured bones
  • ·      Sprains or strains

Victims should seek medical treatment immediately regardless of the severity of the wound.  Most doctors will proscribe an antibiotic to prevent the onset of an infection.  Additionally, victims should report attacks to local animal control officers.  Most dog bites are the result of a neighbor’s pet or family members pet, or even a friends pet.  Usually, a homeowner’s insurance policy will cover the damages inflicted by a dog bite.


Rhode Island and Massachusetts Dog Bite Laws

Under Massachusetts’ law, the dog owner is strictly liable meaning they are liable without proving negligence, for injuries suffered by a victim in a dog bite.  There are exceptions to this rule; the victim was trespassing, committing a crime, or abusing the dog in some way.  Massachusetts does not require the victim to prove that the owner knew of the dog’s propensity to bite.

Under Rhode Island Law, dog owners are strictly liable, meaning they are liable without proving negligence, for injuries suffered by a victim in a dog bite.   The attack must take place not on the dog owner’s property.  However, if the attack does happen on the dog owner’s property, the owner will be help responsible if they knew or had reason to know of the dog’s propensity to bite.  If the owner has been held liable to previous attack, you maybe entitled to double compensation. 

Hiring a Providence and Boston based dog bite attorney

As a victim you should take expedient measures to preserve evidence and file a lawsuit before the deadline set by the statute of limitation.  If you or someone you know has been bitten, contact the personal injury lawyers at Barsom Law Group to get a free legal consultation.  We work on contingency, which means we don’t get paid unless we are successful.  Let us help you understand your rights under the law. 

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