Dogs aren't always man's best friend. While these furry little creatures are usually loyal and adorable, some can also be quite vicious. Dog bites and other animal attacks often cause serious, and in some cases lifelong, physical injuries. That's not to mention the extensive psychological damage that can result from a bite. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 800,000 people seek medical attention for dog bites across the country each year, nearly half of which require emergency room care.
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, we are a full service personal injury law firm whose Orleans dog bite attorneys have significant experience representing clients who have been injured in animal attacks throughout Massachusetts. Serving clients since 1994, we offer attentive and personalized legal services, and aggressively protect our clients’ rights while seeking to maximize the financial recovery to which they are entitled.Dog Bite Law in Massachusetts
Dog owners are strictly liable for bites under Massachusetts law. That means when a person's dog bites someone else, the owner is legally responsible, even if the dog has never attacked anyone before. The owner is also likely on the hook for any injuries that occur in cases where someone is injured while trying to escape a threatening dog. That includes not only medical bills related to physical injuries, but also any psychological or emotional damages, as well as the cost of related counseling and psychotherapy. Many dog bite claims are covered by a person's homeowner's insurance policy, and a victim may seek recover directly from the insurance company. In addition, a person bitten by a dog on the job may also be entitled to workers' compensation benefits.
It is therefore crucial that a person seeking legal relief in relation to an animal attack clearly show the full extent of any and all related injuries, and establish just how long these injuries are expected to last. The victim must also establish that the person being sued is actually the pet's owner or keeper.
At the law offices of John C. Manoog III, we regularly represent clients in dog bite and other personal injury matters. Over the past several years our office has settled millions of dollars in dog bite claims for our clients. Our attorneys make every effort to be available for our clients, and guide them step by step through the legal claims process. When you call our law firm, we will respond. There is always someone ready to talk to you at our firm. We prepare each and every case as if it will go all the way to trial, while drawing on our significant negotiation skills to seek to settle the matter without resorting to prolonged court battles when possible.
If you have been injured in an animal attack, contact the Massachusetts personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III. We are available to discuss your case in a free initial consultation, and offer flexible evening, weekend, and offsite hours. We have the privilege of serving clients in numerous Massachusetts communities, including Dennis, Harwich, and Truro. Call us at 888.262.6664 or contact us online. Nós Falamos Português.