Dog bites can cause serious personal injuries, infections, disfigurement, permanent scarring, emotional trauma and death.
In the thirteen year period of 2005 through 2017, Dogbites.org reported that canines killed 433 Americans. Many more suffer serious personal injuries or property damage. It is the responsibility of a dog owner to ensure their dog does not hurt or injure anyone.
Victims of severe dog attacks who suffer these significant injuries, infections, disfigurement and scarring will need specialized medical care, and often reconstructive surgery is required to diminish the appearance of scars. These medical procedures can be painful, costly and take years to complete.
There are complex legal issues surrounding dog bite cases. Specifically, Massachusetts is a strict liability state. This means that someone injured by a dog does not need to show fault on the part of the dog owner even if the owner had no knowledge the dog would cause injury to another. The Massachusetts Dog Bite Statute, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 140, Section 155, holds a dog owner liable if the dog causes damage to either the body or property of any person, and the injured person was not trespassing, committing another tort, teasing, tormenting, abusing or provoking the dog.
If you or a loved one were bitten or injured by a dog, timely action is required to best protect your interests. Our team at the Law Offices of Michael S. Mehrmann will assist you in overcoming the defenses the dog owner will present, and ensure that your lawsuit is filed timely to make certain you will not be forever barred from bringing a claim against the dog owner. We will obtain the best possible recovery for you for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical bills.
No two cases are the same. Personal injuries can come wrapped in a wide variety of preceding facts. Sometimes, your case is straightforward and may have only one defendant. Sometimes, the facts are complex and the defendants are numerous. Regardless of which of these applies to your injuries, be sure you have the legal representation you need. Skilled Plymouth County and South Shore injury lawyer, Michael S. Mehrmann, has spent many years effectively representing people from across Plymouth County, including Kingston, Plymouth, Marshfield, Hanson, Carver, Pembroke and Duxbury in their injury cases.
To find out more about how we can help you, call (781) 585-3911 or contact us online for a free consultation.