Torn Ligaments from Dog Bites
Although dogs are known as man’s best friend, not all dogs are friendly, and even friendly dogs can be unpredictable and unexpectedly attack someone. Although dog bites can cause a variety of injuries, some injuries, such as torn ligaments, occur more frequently than others. If you suffered torn ligaments in an animal attack, it is prudent to consult a skillful Cape Cod dog bite lawyer to discuss whether you may be able to recover compensation for your harm. The dedicated legal team of the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, has over fifteen decades of combined experience assisting Cape Cod residents in the pursuit of damages following injuries arising from the negligence or misconduct of others. We are adept at handling personal injury lawsuits in the Massachusetts courts, and our knowledge and skill have allowed us to recover numerous multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients.Torn Ligaments from Dog Bites
Ligaments are the connective tissue that joins one bone to another. When dogs attack, they often bite legs and hands and other bony areas that have numerous ligaments. Dogs have powerful mouths and can apply hundreds of pounds of pressure in a single bite. The combination of the force of a bite and the sharpness of a dog’s teeth often results in torn ligaments. Even if a dog bite does not create a wound, the force of the bite alone may be sufficient to tear a ligament. Additionally, it is not uncommon for a person to suffer a torn ligament while trying to escape a dog bite. Signs of a torn ligament include pain, swelling, and discoloration. Repairing a torn ligament often requires surgery and physical therapy.Massachusetts Dog Bite Laws
Massachusetts has a law imposing liability on dog owners for harm caused by their dogs. Known as the “dog bite” statute, the law states that the owner of a dog will be held liable if the dog injures a person who was not trespassing, provoking the dog, or committing any other tort. The law holds dog owners strictly liable for any harm the dog causes. In other words, the injured party does not have to show that the owner knew or should have known that the dog was dangerous or likely to cause harm for the owner to be held liable. In many cases, the dog owner will argue he or she should not be held liable because the injured party in some way provoked the dog. If you suffered torn ligaments due to a dog bite in Cape Cod, a skillful dog bite attorney can anticipate any obstacles to your recovery and help you set forth evidence that the dog owner should be accountable for your harm.Compensation Recoverable for Torn Ligaments Caused by Dog Bites
If you successfully prove a dog’s owner should be held liable for the damages suffered due to torn ligaments caused by a dog bite, you may be able to recover compensation. The compensation you may be owed includes the costs of any treatment for your torn ligament. You may also be able to recoup damages for the pain and suffering caused by your torn ligaments. It is important to note that if you suffered torn ligaments as a result of a dog bite, you must pursue damages in a prompt manner, as a delay could result in a waiver of your right to seek compensation.Meet with a Knowledgeable Cape Cod Lawyer Regarding Your Dog Bite Case
Dog bites can result in psychological trauma, infections, and painful injuries, including torn ligaments. If you suffered torn ligaments due to a dog bite, it is advisable to meet with an experienced injury attorney regarding your case and your right to pursue damages. At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, we have a history of obtaining successful outcomes on behalf of our clients, and will aggressively pursue any compensation you may be owed from a dog’s owner in your case. Our diligent advocacy has enabled us to uphold a record of favorable verdicts, including many verdicts in the millions. We assist injured parties in Cape Cod and are also available for consultations in Plymouth and Hyannis. We can be reached at (888) 262-6664 or through our online form to schedule a consultation. Nós Falamos Português.