Dog Bite Lawyer
Massachusetts Personal Injury Attorneys
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that nearly five million people are bitten by dogs each year, and one in five of these incidents require medical attention. Children are the most at risk, because they are the most common victims of dog bites. Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities with familiar dogs.
Why do you need an experienced Massachusetts dog bite lawyer?
If you are bitten or otherwise injured by a dog, you may feel overwhelmed, and unsure of what to do. Before you make any decisions, contact a Massachusetts dog bite attorney. A personal injury attorney will help you protect your decisions, your rights and find the best way forward after a dog bite.
An experienced team of dog bite lawyers can take on the burdens that confront victims of dog bite incidents. For example, a lawyer can help you navigate complicated insurance claims. Without an expert lawyer on your side, your claim could be denied or reduced for any number of reasons. Having a dog bite lawyer represent you means that it’s much more difficult for an insurance company to treat you unfairly.
Why should you hire Ballin & Associates, LLC?
Our team of experienced Massachusetts dog bite lawyers can help you secure the compensation you deserve if you are bitten or injured in some other way by a dog. We have employed the services of medical experts and others we find helpful to our mission.
Since 1981 99% of our injured clients have had successful outcomes. How did we do this? By treating our clients like they were our own family. We promise to devote our skill, drive and experience to every client with the compassion they deserve.
What will this cost you?
If our law firm accepts your case, you will pay nothing unless and until we collect compensation for you. Our fee will be a percentage of the amount that we collect on your behalf. We always have a signed written agreement with every client so you know exactly how our fee will be determined right from the start.
Who can be held liable for injuries caused by dogs?
Liability is extended to anyone who is a “keeper” of the dog, not just the owner. For example, if a hired dogwalker is walking a dog and the dog bites someone, the dogwalker can be held liable. We have one case where a client was injured by a dog that someone was supposedly taking care of for a few weeks while the owner was out of town. That made no difference – the person who is in control of the dog at the time of the injury is the person who will be held liable, even if that person does not technically own the dog. Also, there is no such thing as “one free bite”. A dog owner can be held liable even if the dog has never bitten anyone before.
What if the dog bite was partially my fault?
Sometimes people blame themselves for getting bitten by a dog. These feelings are perfectly natural and understandable, but you should not give up on seeking compensation just because you tried to pet a dog you did not know, for example. If the dog bites someone, the owner is liable unless the person who was bitten was teasing or abusing the dog or was trespassing or committing some other violation of the law.
Are dog bite injuries covered by insurance?
Most homeowners will have insurance for dog bite claims under their homeowners insurance policy. However, some insurance companies will put an exclusion in the policy to exclude coverage for dogs which tend to be more aggressive, such as pit bulls or rottweilers.
What types of injuries do we handle that involve dogs?
A dog owner can be held liable for injuries other than dog bites, such as when a dog knocks someone over and injures a person, or someone is injured while attempting to get away from an aggressive dog.
Our dog bite attorneys handle cases involving all type of injuries, including scarring and post-traumatic stress disorder, that are caused by dog bites or other injuries related to dogs
What kinds of compensation can we recover for you?
Our law firm has helped our clients recover the compensation they deserve for the following losses:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income, including loss of overtime pay
- Other 0ut of pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Physical disability
- Permanent scars
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of love and affection
- Embarrassment and humiliation
- Mental disability
We have represented persons injured in dog bites all over Massachusetts.
Our dog bite lawyers have handled cases involving dog bites from Cape Cod to the Berkshires, and every place in between.
What to do after a dog bite:
Being injured in a dog bite is a frightening and confusing experience. Your body may be flooded with a surge of adrenaline during and immediately after a dog bite, which can make it difficult to fully understand what happened. You might make irrational decisions or statements that could affect your legal rights.
To prevent this, here are some things you should do if you are ever bitten by a dog.
Assess your medical condition. If there is any question in your mind as to whether you need stitches or other medical attention, you probably do, so go to your local emergency room as soon as possible.
Be sure to get the name and address of whoever is responsible for the dog. You will want to contact the owner of the dog to make sure the dog has had all appropriate shots, including rabies shots. If you are able, take photographs of the dog, the location where the incident occurred, and of any injuries you sustained.
Contact an experienced dog bite lawyer as soon as possible. Many, many locations now have security cameras which may have recorded the incident. If you contact a lawyer quickly, we can immediately write to the property owner to require them to save any security camera videos before the video gets lost or recorded over.
What is the deadline for filing a lawsuit relating to a dog bite?
All lawsuits for injuries caused by dog bites must be filed in court within three years of the date of the incident with the dog. However, it is always best to get an experienced dog bite lawyer involved in your case as soon as possible after a dog bite. Important evidence can be lost if an investigation of the accident is delayed.
Laws Related To Dogs
You can find additional information on the laws relating to dogs , and a few recent examples of cases we have resolved for clients of ours that were bitten by dogs, here.