Dogs, despite being loving pets, are still fundamentally animals with primal instincts and animal responses, including sometimes violent ones. Many states, like Massachusetts, hold a dog’s owner strictly liable if they bite someone. This means if the victim sues the owner, all they have to prove in order to prevail in their case is that the defendant did, in fact, own the dog at the time of the dog bite and that they were injured. So long as they did not provoke or antagonize the dog, they will be awarded monetary damages for their pain and suffering, medical bills and all other damages. Many times, a successful personal injury lawsuit is the only way a dog bite victim can recover compensation for their medical expenses and injuries.
That is what one woman had to do after she was attacked by a dog in a local park. A young mother was leaving a local park with her daughter one day when she was suddenly attacked by a pit-bull. The woman had just placed her daughter in the backseat of her car when another driver arrived and parked his vehicle nearby. When the other driver opened the back door of his car, his pit-bull jumped out and ran towards the woman. The woman was bitten several times on her hand and elbow before the dog was restrained.
The dog and its owner then fled the scene, but witnesses managed to record his license plate. After finding the dog’s owner, the woman’s attorney, Cathy Marino, filed a personal injury lawsuit against him. There was no evidence that the woman provoked or antagonized the dog in any way, and the owner was thus potentially liable for the dog attack. The woman and owner settled her lawsuit for a reported $198,000.
In Massachusetts, a homeowner’s insurance policy often covers liability for bodily injuries caused by a dog attack, and may also pay for the injured party’s medical bills. If you have been injured by a dog bite, you may be able to recover for your personal injuries. Some insurance companies have adopted exclusions in their policies for injuries caused by a particular type of dog, and many dog owners do not own their residence and thus many have no homeowner’s insurance. If the dog owner does not have insurance, or their policy does not cover injuries caused by certain dogs, then the only remedy may be to file a lawsuit against the owner of the dog. It is important you know your legal options. Contact our dog bite injury lawyer specialists at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and private consultation.