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Nearly 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year and 50% of dog bite fatalities are children under 10 years old. These dog bites range from minor injuries to serious dog maulings, resulting in bodily injury and even death. In the United States alone, approximately 100 children are bitten by dogs every day and approximately 92 of these children will need medical attention. While dog bite fatalities are rare, statistically 15 to 20 people are killed in vicious fatal dog attacks every year. One third of all injury claims against homeowner liability policies are related to dog bites and dog attacks.

Holding Pet Owners Accountable

  • Under Massachusetts law, dog owners can be held strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs unless the victim was trespassing, teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog.
  • If the dog owner has insurance on their house or apartment, then the insurance carrier will pay for the damages. This is with the exception dog bites were not excluded from the insurance policy.

The owner will be held liable for such attacks if the injuries inflicted by the animal are severe, or the owner had notice of the animal’s dangerous propensities.

Riordan Law Group, charges clients of personal injury claims on a contingency basis. What that means is the attorney is only paid if he or she wins money damages for you – the client. This makes it possible for anyone to hire only the best lawyer. It gives everyone access to the justice system and representation that is equal to the best that insurance company’s, doctors and other defendants can hire. Contact us today to discuss your legal options with our lawyers. 1-800-825-0157 or outside Massachusetts, 508-588-5562, email: Riordanlawgroup@verizon.net