Dogs aren’t friendly all the time. Dogs may attack for various reasons. Perhaps you’ve been attacked because a dog owner was negligent.
If you’ve been the victim of a dog bite accident in the Fall River, Massachusetts area, review your case with a member of our team at Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C. You may be eligible to recover financial compensation for various losses and damages you’ve incurred as a result of your attack. A Fall River dog bite accident lawyer can help you pursue said compensation if you decide to work with us.
In Massachusetts, even if a dog doesn’t have a history of aggressive behavior, their owner is typically liable when a dog causes injury or property damage. This is usually true regardless of whether a dog’s owner properly restrained them or took other reasonable steps to prevent their dog from harming others.
That said, there are some circumstances in which a dog’s owner might not be liable after the dog harms someone. If their victim was trespassing, a dog’s owner isn’t liable in Massachusetts unless the victim was under seven years of age. A dog’s owner also won’t be considered liable if they can show that their dog attacked its victim because the victim was “teasing, tormenting or abusing” the dog.
Dog bite injuries can range in severity. Regardless, if you’ve been injured in a Fall River dog bite accident, odds are your injuries required medical treatment. They might also be severe enough to prevent you from working and earning a wage until you make a full recovery. Additionally, you may be struggling with various non-economic losses due to your injuries, such as pain and suffering.
You can seek compensation for these losses by filing a claim to collect from the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance. If they don’t have the proper insurance, you may file a lawsuit to seek damages in court instead.
Be aware that an insurance company will likely attempt to avoid paying you what you’re owed by either denying your claim entirely (which they might justify doing by suggesting you provoked the dog that attacked you) or offering a low settlement. Guard against this by seeking representation from a qualified Fall River dog bite accident attorney. A lawyer can help you by:
The aftermath of a dog bite accident can be a challenging period in your life. The team at our law firm can make it easier by handling your case while you focus on your recovery.
A qualified Fall River dog bite accident lawyer will play a critical role in your case’s outcome if you’ve been harmed as a result of a dog attack. For more information about what we at Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C. can do for you, contact us online or call us at 617-917-3917.