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Dog bite victims are legally protected in Massachusetts

Dog bite injuries can result in serious, and lasting, physical, financial and emotional harm. When a victim has been harmed by a dog attack, dog owners in Massachusetts are strictly liable for the injuries and harm caused by the dog. This means that dog owners have a duty to restrain their pets and keep the public safe. Because the legal process takes the protection of victims seriously, regardless of the circumstances, dog bite victims are legally protected by strict liability dog bite law.

Animal bites can cause many types of injuries

If you are bit by an animal, such as a dog, you need to know what you should and should not do. An animal attack is extremely serious and should be treated as such. Once you remove yourself from harm's way, do your best to better understand your injuries. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

It's unlawful to own or harbor a dangerous dog in Worcester

Pet owners in Massachusetts often consider their dogs to be like members of the family. Dogs offer companionship, protection and even amusement to countless individuals and families. As with all animals, though, dogs can be unpredictable and a dog bite attack can seemingly spring out of nowhere. Consequently, state and local laws dictate how officials respond - and how victims can move forward - following a dog bite attack.

Dog bites 18-month-old child inside Massachusetts town hall


One of the most difficult aspects of a dog bite is often its unexpected nature. A person can be around a normally placid animal that, if unrestrained, can choose to behave in unpredictable ways. Adding to this element of surprise is the fact that dog bites can happen anywhere, even inside a local town hall.

Caution a good idea when giving the gift of pet ownership


This holiday season, some Worcester residents may be thinking of getting someone they love a pet as a gift. Puppies and kittens are usually popular choices, as these animals can prove to be long-term companions as well as a cherished and memorable gift for an adult or child. However, when buying any animal, it can be important to think comprehensively and be cautious about bringing any new addition into a home -- especially an unexpected one.

Dog bite attack sends Massachusetts infant to hospital


Now that the weather has gotten colder, some might assume that the threat of a dog bite or animal attack is largely over, confined mainly to the summer months when more people are out and about. Unfortunately, though, a dog bite attack is a year-round threat for almost anyone. Recently in Massachusetts, a dog bite attack sent an infant to a local children's hospital.

What steps should be taken after a dog bite?


Countless Worcester residents enjoy the companionship of man's best friend. Dogs, however, can occasionally act out and in some cases may bite another animal or a human. Unfortunately, over four million Americans experience dog bites annually, making it a serious personal injury issue for dog owners and local residents alike.

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