Dog Bites

Quincy Dog Bite Lawyers

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Did you know that dogs bite more than 4.7 million people each year? About 800,000 Americans receive medical treatment for their bites and approximately 386,000 Americans require emergency medical attention every year. This medical treatment can burden you with hefty medical bills, pain, and psychological trauma, especially if a child is involved.

Fortunately, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the dog owner. Massachusetts has strict laws regarding dog bites and owner liability, so it’s best to speak with a trusted attorney to learn about the options you have in your specific case.

Contact Powers & Caccavale online or call (617) 379-0016 for a free consultation with one of our caring and experienced dog bite lawyers in Quincy.

What to Do After a Dog Bite

The aftermath of a dog bite can be frightening and overwhelming, but in order to get the medical attention you need and make sure you’ll be able to receive the compensation you deserve, you should stick to the following steps:

  • Know which animal has bitten you. It’s important for you to be able to identify the dog that has attacked you. This means knowing whether the animal is a stray or if it has an owner. If you aren’t able to identify the dog, you may need to be tested for rabies, and it may be harder to locate the responsible party in your dog bite case.
  • Seek immediate medical attention. Go to the hospital as soon as possible. Since dog bites can come with a risk of infection, it’s important that the wound is treated right away. Plastic surgeons may need to become involved if you have a facial wound.
  • Get witness information. Get the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed the attack.
  • Take photos as evidence. Any evidence—such as photographs of lacerations, bloody clothing, the dog who attacked you, and the location—will help greatly in your personal injury compensation case.

Important note: Do not give an insurance company any information about your dog bite accident and do not sign any document until you’ve gone over your claim with an experienced lawyer.

Injuries Caused by Dog Bites

Dog bites are a very serious matter. They can lead to permanent scarring, infection, and psychological trauma.

The most common injuries caused by dog attacks include:

  • Broken bones
  • Abrasions
  • Lacerations
  • Punctures
  • Head/back/neck injuries
  • Scars
  • Tissue loss
  • PTSD
  • Rabies

Massachusetts's Dog Bite Laws

Massachusetts is a “strict liability” state when it comes to dog bites. This means that the owner of the dog who has attacked you is liable even if they were not aware their dog would bite you. This means that you do not have to prove that the owner was at fault to be eligible for personal injury compensation. This applies to both dog bites and injuries caused by dogs, meaning that if a dog simply knocks you down and causes you injury, the owner would still be liable.

In order to file a claim against the owner of the dog, you must show that:

  • Their dog caused you personal injury, and;
  • You were not trespassing, committing a crime, or provoking the dog.

Important note: The court assumes that children under seven years of age were not trespassing or teasing the dog. The dog owner must prove otherwise in this case.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

Dog bites can be a traumatic experience. Don’t let your personal injury claim also be traumatic. The legal intricacies of these types of cases can be tricky, especially if the dog owner is fighting back with lawyers of their own. There are also limits on how much time you have to file a claim.

At Powers & Caccavale, we are determined to get you the most compensation possible and help you with anything you may need. Our Quincy dog bite lawyers have over 35 years of combined experience, and we are ready to help you seek the maximum compensation available in your case.

Call (617) 379-0016 today for a free consultation.

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Client Testimonials
  • “Gerry & Sam are the very best in the state of Massachusetts and I will even put them up against any other work injury lawyers in this country.”

    - Paul H.
  • “Sam checked in with me weekly and always took my phone calls, returned my emails, and met with me on time regularly.”

    - James
  • “Throughout the entire span that my claim was active, Sam would stand by my side.”

    - David
  • “Sam is incredibly knowledgeable and will give an honest opinion of your case.”

    - Christa T.
  • “Gerry & Sam are not only great attorneys but they are also wonderful people.”

    - Dennis C.
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Why Choose Our Firm?

  • Over 35 Years of Experience

    We use our combined experience to aggressively represent you and to fight for your rights and the benefits you deserve.

  • Insight to Insurance Company Tactics

    One of our partners, Gerry, previously spent over a decade working for an insurance company, so we deeply understand how they work and what it takes to get you paid.

  • Small, Local Firm

    We have deep roots within our community and strive to deliver exceptional service for our clients through their time of need.

  • Always Prepared for Trial

    We advocate for our clients to ensure they get the compensation they deserve no matter how little or big the fight may be.

  • Direct Contact to an Attorney

    When you hire us, you will be working directly with an attorney throughout the entire process.

Focus on Your Health & let Us Handle The Rest

All communication with the insurance company, adjusters, and other attorneys will go through us so you can focus on your recovery.