Representing Victims Of Animal Bites And Attacks
As a leading personal injury law firm, The Law Offices of Paul C. Bishop, PLLC, has experience dealing with people who have been bitten by dogs or attacked by other domestic animals in Norfolk, eastern Massachusetts and the South Shore.
We understand that when pets turn on neighbors or strangers — particularly children — not only can it cause severe injury, it can also be traumatic. Our lawyer is compassionate and has developed a great deal of insight into how to handle dog bite cases.
The Law Offices of Paul C. Bishop, PLLC, is committed to a client-centered approach. We want to help you through this difficult time by helping you obtain the full and fair compensation necessary to help you recover.
If you have been injured by a dog bite or animal attack, contact our office and schedule a case evaluation at 617-934-5039.
Results-Oriented Legal Advice
Massachusetts law is very clear about the consequences to the owner and the recovery that can be sought by victims of dog bites and domestic animal attacks. General Law, Chapter 140, Section 155 defines Massachusetts as a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites. That means the animal’s owner is automatically liable for the animal’s behavior, unless it can be proven that the victim taunted the dog or was trespassing.
The only exception to this rule is if the victim is under 7 years old. In such cases, the burden is on the dog owner to prove that the young child was trespassing or knowingly taunting the dog. Also, treating doctors must notify the inspector of animals within 24 hours of dog bites to small children, so that the inspector can investigate if the animal should be classified as a public hazard.
With a clear understanding how Massachusetts law handles dog bites, and through careful investigation of the facts and of the dog owner’s liability and homeowner’s policies, our attorney seeks maximum recovery for our clients’ injuries.
Exploring Every Component Of Your Case
Although dog bites sound like minor injuries, they are often quite serious, especially to children. Often, dog bites lead to disfiguring scars that require treatment by a plastic surgeon. Significant tissue damage and nerve damage can result. Infections from the dog’s saliva are common. Counseling may be needed to deal with the trauma of the incident.
Every component of your claim will be explored, documented and developed as part of your case to maximize your compensation and help you move forward with your life. Our goal is to obtain compensation for your all medical bills, including emergency room treatment, follow-up care and medications. We will also seek compensation for your pain and suffering, loss of earnings, damage to property such as clothing, and any disability resulting from the attack.
Request A Consultation With Our Approachable Attorney
If you have suffered a dog bite, contact The Law Offices of Paul C. Bishop, PLLC, to schedule a consultation; call 617-934-5039. We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency basis. If you don’t receive compensation for your claim, you pay no attorneys’ fees.