Child Injuries from Dog Bites

Cape Cod Attorneys Helping Animal Attack Victims

The attorneys at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III have over 146 years of combined experience representing people who have been hurt in a broad range of situations arising from the careless behavior of others. We fight aggressively on behalf of our clients so that those who are responsible for causing their harm may be held liable to the fullest extent of the law. Our Cape Cod dog bite lawyers understand the pain and stress that animal attacks against children may cause to the victims and their parents. Our lawyers believe that families should be able to focus on helping their kids recover physically and emotionally, while we handle the legal process from start to finish.

Strict Liability May Apply to Child Injuries from Dog Bites

The Massachusetts dog bite law states that a dog owner is liable for bites or property damage if the injured person was not trespassing at the time or provoking the animal. This is true even if the owner had no reason to believe that the dog was prone to biting. The law applies to child injuries from dog bites and other incidents, including harm that might happen to a child who is knocked over by an aggressive dog. The damages that usually may be sought in these cases include compensation for hospital and other medical bills, the costs of therapy and any counseling that may be needed, scarring and disfigurement, and emotional distress.

The dog bite law also is particularly sympathetic to children under the age of seven. Those kids are assumed not to be trespassing and not to be provoking the animal at the time of the bite. In these situations, the burden is on the owner to prove that the injured child was on their property unlawfully at the time of the attack or was teasing, tormenting, or otherwise provoking the dog.

The state’s statute of limitations gives a person (or the parent of a person) who has been injured by a dog bite three years to file suit. The case must be filed within that time, or it is likely to be dismissed by a judge.

Consult an Experienced Dog Bite Lawyer on Cape Cod

At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, our child injury lawyers have been representing clients in dog bite and other cases since 1994. We work diligently to hold pet owners responsible and to seek all of the remedies to which victims may be entitled. However, there is no need to take our word for it. The firm’s strong history of success in personal injury matters includes a number of six- and seven-figure settlements as part of our track record. Our Cape Cod dog bite attorneys are happy to offer free consultations at our offices in Hyannis and Plymouth. We are also able to travel to you if you cannot make it to us. Our firm generally represents clients on a contingency basis, so you will not need to pay us any fees unless we obtain a settlement or a jury verdict in your case. Call us at 888-262- 6664 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Nós Falamos Português.

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