Dog Bite Injuries Requiring Surgery

Cape Cod Attorneys Representing People Harmed by Animal Attacks

Although dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years, they are still animals, and they can attack people unexpectedly. Dog bites can cause serious injuries that require significant treatment, such as surgery. If you were injured by a dog attack and needed surgery as a result, you can meet with a capable Cape Cod dog bite lawyer regarding your right to seek damages from the dog owner. At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, our trusted attorneys have over one hundred and fifty years of collective experience representing injured parties in civil lawsuits. We will zealously pursue any compensation you may be able to recover. We are proficient in navigating the Massachusetts courts and have been able to recover several multi-million verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Dog Bite Injuries that Require Surgery

When a dog bites a person, the force of the bite often exceeds two hundred pounds of pressure. Thus, dog bites can fracture or crush bones and can tear ligaments, tendons, and muscles. In many cases in which a person has been bitten by a dog, the person will have to undergo surgery to repair his or her injuries. For example, many fractures require surgery in which the doctor can repair the bone using hardware. Additionally, if a dog tears tissue, surgery might be necessary to treat torn muscles or re-attach ligaments or tendons. Dog bites can also cause vascular injuries that require surgical repair. In some cases, the need for surgery may not be immediately apparent but may develop over time due to infection. Moreover, dog bites can cause disfiguring injuries that require cosmetic surgery to repair.

Dog Owner Liability for Dog Bite Injuries Requiring Surgery

Massachusetts has strict laws regarding harm caused by dog bites. Specifically, a dog owner will be held accountable if his or her dog injures anyone who was not provoking the dog, trespassing, or committing a tort at the time of the bite. As the Massachusetts dog bite law is a strict liability statute, the injured party does not have to prove that the dog owner was negligent to recover damages. In other words, whether a dog owner knew or should have known of a dog’s propensity to bite is irrelevant for purposes of imposing liability. It is common for dog owners to argue that the injured party provoked the dog or that the injured party was trespassing when the bite occurred, and therefore the injured party should not be able to recover damages. If you sustained dog bite injuries that required surgery, you can consult an attorney regarding your potential claims.

Damages Recoverable in Dog Bite Cases

If you had to undergo surgery following a dog bite, you may be able to recover compensation for the cost of your surgery and any other associated medical treatment. Additionally, you may be able to recover compensation for the pain and suffering caused by the bite. If you wish to seek damages from the dog's owner, it is essential to act promptly, as there are time limitations regarding when you must file a claim. Generally, any lawsuit seeking damages due to a dog bite injury must be filed within three years of the date of the bite.

Consult an Assertive Dog Bite Lawyer in Cape Cod

Even the friendliest dogs can suddenly become aggressive and bite people, and dog bites can cause significant injuries that often require surgery. If you were bitten by a dog and needed surgery due to the injuries caused by the bite, you can consult an assertive injury attorney to discuss your case and what compensation you may be able to recover. The skilled lawyers of the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, have a record of favorable outcomes, and we will work diligently to help you recover any damages you may be owed. Our zealous representation has allowed us to maintain a record of favorable settlements and verdicts, which includes several case results in excess of one million dollars. We represent injured people in lawsuits in Cape Cod, and we can meet for consultations in Hyannis and Plymouth. You can contact us through our online form or at 888-262-6664 to set up a confidential and free meeting. Nós Falamos Português.

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