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Massachusetts Dog Bite Law

We know Massachusetts dog bite law. All states have laws that govern how animals are licensed and handled, including leash laws. However, the language of these laws varies, often leaving dog bite victims wondering how the laws protect them. For victims in Massachusetts, they are not left to wonder.

Massachusetts has a strict liability law in the case of dog bites and animal attacks. That is, owners are responsible for all of the property and bodily damages that their animals inflict on others. Unfortunately, not all owners take responsibility as required by the law. This is why having an experienced Worcester animal attack lawyer on your side can be beneficial.

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At , our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of cases, including those stemming from a dog bite or animal attack. We strive to help clients understand their rights and options following an incident.

Seeking immediate medical attention is essential to ensure that the bite is properly treated. However, bites often require many medical visits and treatments, which can leave bills piling up. Our firm is committed to helping you seek compensation from the negligent owner of the dog or other animal that attacked you or your child.

Strict Liability In Dog Bite Cases

Chapter 140, section 155 of the Massachusetts general laws details the law regarding dog bites and animal attacks, including the following:

  • Any owner or keeper (or parent/guardian of a minor keeper/owner) will be held responsible if his or her dog does damage or harm to the property or body of any person.
  • This is absolutely regardless of reason, unless the injured party was trespassing or otherwise committing a crime, or was teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog that caused the damages.
  • If the injured party is a minor under 7 years old at the time of the attack, it is assumed that the minor was not trespassing or committing another crime, or teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog.
  • The burden of proof is on the defendant in the action to show that the injured party was in violation of some law or was otherwise teasing the dog, leading to the attack.

Contact Our Worcester Dog Bite Attorneys Now

You do not have to face your dog bite case alone. Contact our law firm for a free consultation. If you cannot come to our Worcester office, we will come to you at the hospital or at home. All of our cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning we don’t get paid unless we recover money for you.