Most states have laws requiring dog owners to keep their dogs on a leash when in public or reasonably enclosed when on private property. Depending on the breed, some states even require owners to keep a muzzle on their dog. When an owner beaches that responsibility, innocent people may be the victim of a dog attack. As a result, dog attack victims are entitled to compensation for their injuries.
The biggest question after a dog attack is usually figuring out who is going to pay for the medical damages. In Massachusetts, homeowner’s insurance policies generally cover liability for dog attack bodily injury claims, but if the dog owner does not have homeowner’s insurance, it may be difficult to recover compensation. That is why a victim should contact our expert Massachusetts dog attack lawyers as soon as possible for the best possible chances for compensation.
An Oregon woman, Ms. Travers, was walking down a public road one day when a pit-bull charged towards her, causing her to fall backwards off a retaining wall and violently hit the ground. The fall tore Ms. Travers’ ACL and meniscus, and caused a hairline fracture to her femur. Ms. Travers and her attorney, Chad Stavley of the Law Office of Chad Stavley, sought damages for past and future medical expenses, as well as compensation for lost earnings. They argued that the dog was either on public property off leash or on the defendant’s property but not restrained in a way that would prevent it from reaching public property. A jury found the defendant was negligent for failing to properly restrain his dog and awarded Ms. Travers $404,045 in damages for her injuries.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog attack or dog bite due to the negligence of someone else, contact our experienced Massachusetts dog bite lawyers 24/7 at (617) 787-3700, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.