Nerve Damage From Dog Bites
The Cape Cod dog bite attorneys at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III represent people throughout the state who have been injured by aggressive animals. In some traumatic cases, children or adults suffer nerve damage from dog bites. We combine more than a century and a half of legal experience and are ready to help ensure that the dog bite victims whom we represent fight tenaciously for the compensation that they need and that pet owners or others responsible for their injuries are held accountable. Our attorneys are dedicated to standing by clients and guiding them through the legal process with experience and personal attention.
Dog bites can cause a wide range of injuries, from gashes and scarring to head, neck, and back impairments and nerve damage. Some of the nerve damage from dog bites may be temporary; people who suffer certain injuries can expect to regain all or most of the feeling and use of the affected body parts. Other nerve damage can be permanent or even fatal. A person who is bitten by a dog needs to seek medical attention as soon as possible after the incident.Suing for Nerve Damage From Dog Bites
Massachusetts law gives a person injured by a dog bite the right to seek compensation from the animal’s owner and anyone else responsible for the injuries. State law makes owners strictly liable for their pets. That means that an owner whose dog bites someone is legally liable for any injuries, as long as the injured person was not trespassing or provoking the animal at the time of the injury. This is true even if the dog is not a particularly aggressive breed, and the owner has no reason to believe that the animal is likely to bite. The owner is also liable for any injuries that a person suffers while trying to escape an attacking dog.
Typically, an injured person in a dog bite case can seek compensation for any related medical expenses, property damage, missed wages, and reduction in future earning capacity stemming from the injuries. In many cases, you can also get compensation for pain, suffering, and emotional distress. Moreover, you may be able to get reimbursed for the cost of counseling and psychotherapy related to the incident.
In the case that a child is injured by a dog bite, their parents or guardians also have the right to seek money damages on behalf of the child. They may even be able to seek additional compensation for their own emotional anguish stemming from the incident. Unfortunately, some dog attacks result in death. After those tragic occurrences, the person’s loved ones have the right to seek compensation through a wrongful death claim.Proving Liability
It is important to understand that the burden of proof in dog bite cases is on the person who is suing. To establish that you are entitled to damages, you first must show that your nerve damage resulted directly from the dog bite, rather than another issue such as a pre-existing condition or medical malpractice associated with the treatment of your injuries. You also need to provide evidence detailing the full extent of your injuries, often based on medical records and testimony from your treating physicians.Talk With an Experienced Cape Cod Lawyer Today
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, our accident lawyers know how to protect the rights of victims in cases arising from nerve damage from dog bites. We work tirelessly in settlement negotiations and at trial to assert the rights of our clients. Our Cape Cod lawyers offer free consultations at our offices, or we can visit you at home or in the hospital if you are unable to come meet with us. We take most of our cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not get paid unless you do. Call us at 888-262-6664 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Nós Falamos Português.