Common Injuries from Dog Bites

Cape Cod Attorneys Helping Victims Harmed in Animal Attacks

The Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III is a long-standing personal injury law firm that serves children and other victims who have suffered some of the common injuries from dog bites and other animal attacks. Whether it is you or a member of your family who has been a victim of a dog bite, we will work tirelessly to ensure that you get the full compensation available under the law. Our Cape Cod dog bite attorneys combine many decades of legal experience in building thoughtful, comprehensive cases for the people whom we represent. We are dedicated to guiding clients through every stage of the legal process.

Common Injuries from Dog Bites

Dogs are supposed to be man’s best friends, but they can also cause humans a lot of pain if they are overly aggressive, are not properly trained, or are not adequately separated from people in their community. When a dog attacks, it can cause serious injuries, including broken bones, head and neck injuries, punctures and cuts, eye injuries, and nerve damage. A dog bite also comes with the threat of rabies, a virus transmitted by animals that infects the central nervous system. This is not to mention the mental and emotional trauma that can come with being attacked by a dog.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog, you have the right to seek compensation from the animal’s owner and any others responsible for the incident. The money damages typically available in dog bite cases include compensation for doctors’ bills, missed wages due to time away from work, and pain, suffering, and emotional distress. Parents also have the right to seek these damages on behalf of their children. In other cases, family members of the injured person may be able to seek compensation for “loss of consortium.” These money damages are meant to compensate family members for the loss of their loved one’s companionship and guidance.

Dog Owner Liability

Unlike with other accident cases, a person who has been injured by a dog in Massachusetts does not need to prove that the owner was negligent in order for the owner to be liable for the injury. The state dog bite law generally makes an owner strictly liable for any bites or property damage caused by their pet. As long as you were not trespassing on private property or provoking the animal at the time, the dog owner will be liable for any injuries caused as a result of the bite. The law applies to common injuries from dog bites and other incidents involving animals, including those that might happen to a child who is knocked over by an aggressive dog.

The state’s statute of limitations gives a person - or the parent of a child - injured by a dog bite three years to file suit. This means that you need to file a lawsuit within that time, or else it is likely to be dismissed by a judge.

Contact a Knowledgeable Dog Bite Lawyer on Cape Cod or in the Surrounding Areas

At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, we have been representing clients across Cape Cod and throughout the region since 1994. We understand the legal issues that often come up in these cases, and we have a strong track record of success for the people whom we represent. Our injury lawyers take the time to understand each individual client’s unique circumstances and tailor a legal approach accordingly. We are committed to providing comprehensive and personalized legal services for the people and families whom we represent. Our lawyers offer free consultations at our offices, which are located in Hyannis and Plymouth. We are also ready to come visit you if you cannot come to us. We do not charge a fee in most of our personal injury cases unless we are successful. Call us at 888-262-6664 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Nós Falamos Português.

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