Being the victim of a dog bite is not only physically but emotionally damaging. You, your child or a loved one may be left with permanent physical and emotional scarring. Massachusetts has strict laws if you are the victim of a dog bite. Statistically, there are approximately 77 million dogs in the United States and 39 percent of homes have at least one dog. Approximately 4.5 million people are bitten each year and of those victims 885,000 will seek medical attention each year. More than 30,000 undergo reconstructive surgery.
Sources: Humane Society of the United States; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Massachusetts General Law, Section 155: If any dog shall do any damage to either the body or property of any person, the owner or keeper, or if the owner or keeper be a minor, the parent or guardian of such minor, shall be liable for such damage, unless such damage shall have been occasioned to the body or property of a person who, at the time such damage was sustained, was committing a trespass or other tort, or was teasing, tormenting or abusing such dog. If a minor, on whose behalf an action under this section is brought, is under seven years of age at the time the damage was done, it shall be presumed that such minor was not committing a trespass or other tort, or teasing, tormenting or abusing such dog, and the burden of proof thereof shall be upon the defendant in such action.
If you, your child, or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite please call Attorney Teresa Benoit at 508-393-7878