Dogs are popular companions and aids. Their friendly and loyal natures make them the pet of choice for a large portion of the population.
However, even though many dogs never hurt a human in their entire lifetime, there still exists the possibility that a dog will bite you. According to dogsbite.org, over 12,000 individuals receive dog bites leading to hospitalization each year. If an encounter with a dog leaves you injured, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
1. Immediate medical attention is important
Even if you feel your wound is not dangerous, seeking medical care as soon as possible is still as important. Your injury may be worse than it seems at first glance. Without proper treatment, it may also worsen from a relatively minor injury to a serious one. You may develop an infection or even sepsis.
2. The dog owner bears full responsibility
Massachusetts adheres to a strict liability policy. You do not have to prove the dog owner was negligent for him or her to be liable. You also do not have to be on his or her property when the incident occurs.
3. Homeowners’ insurance may cover the cost
You may hesitate to pursue compensation. After all, you may not want to hurt someone financially, especially if the person, though legally liable, may not be at fault personally. However, seeking your rightful compensation may not hurt anyone. Most homeowners’ insurance policies include provisions for dog bite incidents. This is why it is important to exchange contact information with the dog owner.
Dog bites can cause serious mental and physical damage. You have the right to compensation for your pain.