Dog Bites

Legal Counsel For All Dog Bite Cases

Everyone has heard a dog owner say it: “don’t worry, he’s friendly.” Unfortunately, dogs can be unpredictable. If you or your pet were attacked by someone else’s dog or your dog bit someone, there could be consequences. The dog bite attorneys at Ross & Ross, P.C., in Springfield can provide the legal assistance you need.

Massachusetts’ Dog Bite Statutes

In certain cases, the owner of a dog that bites or injures someone can be civilly liable. It does not matter that the dog never acted aggressively. There are also liability issues if a dog knocks someone down and hurt them in a public place.

We can help determine:

  • Legal claims.
  • Extent of your liability.
  • Legal/monetary issues.
  • Best options for your case.

If You Suffered A Dog Bite

If the dog bite/attack happened on personal property, most homeowner’s insurance policies cover a claim against an initial dog bite. Our legal team can negotiate with the insurance company to get you a fair settlement. You might have to file a suit to recover damages from the dog’s owner or the property’s caretaker. We know Massachusetts dog bite laws. Our lawyers will work with you to get the best outcome possible.

The dog’s owner has a responsibility to restrain their dog. They must obey leash laws, and there are statutes that make them liable if their animal is considered dangerous or if a dog breed is more likely to bite. Did the owner have any reason to believe their dog could bite? Did the owner take necessary precautions? Were you in a place you had a legal right to be when their dog attacked? We will build the best case possible.

You might be able to recover reimbursement for past/future medical expenses; lost wages; pain and suffering; and expenses related to the injury.

We Can Defend You Against Dog Bite Allegations

There are three dog bite statutes that provide potential defenses. Your defense could be:

  • Trespassing
  • Provoking the dog (teasing, tormenting or abusing)
  • Committing another tort

Personal Injury Attorneys With A History of Success

Our attorneys at Ross & Ross, P.C., offer a variety of legal services throughout Western Massachusetts. The firm, which was established 85 years ago, has a long history of success. We have experience helping people facing dog bite cases in Springfield and throughout Massachusetts. Call us at 413-241-7462 or email us.