Dog bites can be a painful and traumatic experience, causing physical, financial, and emotional distress. If you are a victim of a dog bite in Massachusetts, it is important to familiarize yourself with the state’s dog bite laws so you can know your rights.
In Massachusetts, specific laws exist to protect victims and hold dog owners liable for their pet’s actions. This state adheres to the strict liability rule when it comes to dog bites. This rule states that if a dog causes damage to the body or property of any person, the owner or the keeper will be held accountable for such damages.
According to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 140, Section 155, the dog owner is strictly liable for any injuries or damage caused by the pet, regardless of the owner’s negligence or the dog’s prior history of aggression. In this case, the burden of responsibility lies entirely on the owner, and they can bear responsibility for any harm inflicted by their dog.
If you have been bitten by a dog, you may have a right to pursue a dog bite claim to seek financial compensation. Here are some common types of compensation you can recover from a dog bite injury in Massachusetts:
Knowing the steps to take following a dog bite is essential for your well-being and potential legal action. Here is what to do immediately after being bitten by a dog in Massachusetts:
KC Law has handled many dog bite cases in Westfield and Western Massachusetts and can help you pursue fair compensation. Call (413) 251-1010 to schedule your consultation and discuss your case details with a dedicated dog bite accident lawyer, Kevin Chrisanthopoulos.
January 9, 2024
Tailgating is a common yet dangerous driving behavior that can cause accidents on the road. Understanding your rights and how to handle such situations can go a long way in ensuring your safety.
December 11, 2023
In this blog post, learn more about the most common causes of truck accidents from KC Law.