Worcester residents who have been involved in a dog attack know how emotionally and physical painful such attacks can be. Even though these attacks are traumatic and painful, though, many are still hesitant to pursue legal action out of consideration for the pet owner's financial well-being. This hesitation is often due to a misconception, however -- a lawsuit following a dog bite attack does not always financially cripple the owner.
It is not uncommon for residents in Massachusetts to have a pet. With every type of pet an individual or family owns there comes a certain set of responsibilities. This often means caring for the animal, ensuring it is properly fed, sheltered and in good health. In addition to satisfying the needs of the pet, the owner is also required to make the general public safe from harm by their pet.
Dogs typically make wonderful pets, as responsible Worcester residents who grew up with them and who take proper care of them today can attest. Unfortunately, some dog owners do not give these animals the care and attention they need -- elements that are sometimes necessary to keep others in their communities safe from a dog bite attack.
Last week, our Worcester personal injury law blog discussed the accident that left actor Tracy Morgan in critical condition. Morgan is not the only celebrity to have made news in recent weeks because of personal injury law issues. Two television stars are currently making headlines as they are the focus of a dog bite claim.
The Insurance Information Institute recently released some statistics that Worcester residents may find surprising. What type of incidents account for one-third of all homeowners' liability claims? The answer: dog bites.