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Who is responsible for the losses caused by a dog bite?

Owning a pet is not unusual for Massachusetts's residents. For many, a dog is considered a life companion that is a valuable addition to their family. While owning a dog comes with much enjoyment, it also comes with much responsibility. As a dog owner, it is imperative to understand what could happen if a dog acts out, bites or even attacks another person.

Bitten by a dog? Find out who is liable for your injuries.

When an animal attacks, it can leave a victim with much more than just a cut or bruise. The physical damage can be quite extensive, but additionally, the emotional scarring from a dog bite can affect a victim for years following the incident. For this reason, Massachusetts dog bite victims would be wise to know their rights and seek compensation from liable parties when appropriate.

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.

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