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EXPERIENCED DOG ATTACK ATTORNEY
Dog attacks range from scratches and bites to life threatening injuries, and unfortunately, many times its children and the elderly who are the victims of the most vicious attacks.
According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, dogs bite over 4.7 million victims every year in the United States with roughly 800,000 people having to seek medical attention. Of those, roughly half of them are children. 386,000 require treatment in an emergency room.
At Combies Hanson, P.C., we have seen the serious physical and emotional scars suffered by our clients as a result of a dog owner’s negligence. We have helped hundreds of Bridgewater dog attack victims recover from the financial detriment these attacks cause, as well as obtain money for cosmetic surgery and post-traumatic stress disorder.
For a free consultation for Lowell Dog Attack victims, contact Combies Hanson, P.C. at 617-556-9964.
The One-Bite Rule Misconception
Massachusetts does not have the so-called “one bite” laws. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take legal action against a dog owner after a dog attack.
This misleadingly named rule (dogs don’t necessarily get one “free” bite before the owner becomes liable, as discussed below) makes an owner legally responsible for an injury caused by a dog only if the owner knew the dog was likely to cause that type of injury – for example, that the dog would be likely to bite. The victim must prove that the owner knew the dog was dangerous.
This rule, developed in court cases over many years, comes into play only if the state has no dog-bite statute or if the statute doesn’t apply – for example, if the statute covers only bites, and the dog caused the injury by knocking someone down.
How does an owner know a dog is dangerous? The dog doesn’t have to have already bitten someone.
If you’re a resident of Bridgewater or the surrounding area, contact Combies Hanson, P.C. to obtain assistance for your dog attack.
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