Boston Dog Bite Lawyer

Founded in Massachusetts over 45 years ago, Sokolove Law is a leading personal injury law firm with billions of dollars in results nationwide. If you were injured, you may be eligible for compensation from a dog bite lawsuit.

Our Boston dog bite lawyers are dedicated to helping victims of animal attacks seek the justice they deserve. Let us put our experience to work for you.

Why Choose Sokolove Law as Your Boston Dog Bite Law Firm?

Since 1979, Sokolove Law has fought on behalf of clients injured through no fault of their own. We are dedicated to helping people from all backgrounds take legal action and pursue compensation.

To date, we’ve secured more than $9.4 Billion for families nationwide, including many dog bite victims.

There are no hourly fees or out-of-pocket costs to work with our Boston dog bite attorneys. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means our team only gets paid if we recover compensation for you.

Call (800) 995-1212 now to see how we may be able to help you. It costs nothing to speak with us.

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If you were injured from an animal attack, our Boston dog bite lawyers may be able to file a claim and pursue compensation on your behalf.

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Dog Bites & Animal Attacks in Boston, MA

Dog bites are far more common than many people realize. Around 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S., with the 12th highest number of attacks in Massachusetts.

The majority of dog bites are preventable. Owners are expected to take proactive measures like training their pets and keeping them on a leash, especially if their behavior is unpredictable.

Children are most at risk of dog attacks, as they may not recognize changes in a dog’s body language. However, any dog can bite if it becomes anxious or scared.

Dog bites in Boston can cause:

  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Emotional distress
  • Infections
  • Nerve damage
  • Puncture wounds
  • Scarring
  • Torn ligaments
  • Death

In Massachusetts, the owner or designated caretaker of a dog may be legally responsible for any injuries a person sustains after being attacked by their dog.

Even friendly behavior by a dog, like jumping up to greet someone, can result in injuries that the dog’s owner may be considered at fault for.

If you or a loved one was injured by someone else’s dog, a Boston dog bite attorney at Sokolove Law may be able to help you pursue compensation from a lawsuit.

Compensation from a dog bite lawsuit is often secured from homeowners’ or renters’ insurance.

Call (800) 995-1212 now for free to find out more about your eligibility to file a Boston dog bite lawsuit.

How to File a Dog Bite Lawsuit in Boston, MA

At Sokolove Law, our Boston dog bite injury lawyers are committed to making the legal process as easy and stress-free as possible.

We’ll handle every step of filing a lawsuit on your behalf, so you can focus on your health and healing journey.

Our dog bite attorneys in Boston can:

  • Provide you with a free case review to determine if you have a case
  • Investigate the circumstances of your injury and gather evidence
  • File your Boston dog bite injury lawsuit within any state-specific deadlines
  • Negotiate a dog bite settlement with the defendants on your behalf

If a settlement is unable to be reached, we’re prepared to present your case in court before a judge and jury.

Contact us now if you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite in the Boston area. We can handle the legal legwork for you.

Get the Help You Deserve

Our experienced Boston dog bite lawyers will work hard to get you everything you’re entitled to. Let us get you the money you deserve.

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Boston Dog Bite Settlement Amounts

For decades, our attorneys have fought for victims who were injured through no fault of their own. We’ve secured over $9.4 Billion for our clients nationwide, including those in Boston.

Dog bite settlements are determined by multiple factors, like: 

  • The severity of the injury
  • Medical bills related to the injury
  • Lost wages from being unable to work
  • The number of defendants in the claim

While there’s no guarantee of success in any case, our Boston dog bite lawyers will fight for the most compensation possible in your case.

Money from a dog bite claim can help pay for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, funeral services, and more.

Massachusetts Dog Bite Laws

Massachusetts dog bite laws have protections in place to support anyone who’s been bitten by someone else’s dog.

The state uses a strict liability law, which means the person caring for the dog is responsible for any harm the dog causes — even if there was nothing they could have done to prevent it.

This is true regardless of whether the dog previously demonstrated aggressive behavior or not, putting pressure on dog owners to ensure that their pet doesn’t end up in a situation where it may injure another person.

Massachusetts dog bite laws also require that any bites needing medical attention are reported to the town’s animal control officer within 24 hours.

Dog owners may not be considered responsible for injuries caused by their dogs if the victim was trespassing or if they teased, tormented, or abused the dog before being attacked.

Find a Boston Dog Bite Attorney Near You

At Sokolove Law, we understand the physical and financial toll that an unexpected injury can have on your life — and our compassionate dog bite attorneys in Boston are prepared to fight on your behalf.

Our legal team will thoroughly investigate the circumstances leading up to the animal attack you experienced, and we’ll collect any evidence that may help to prove your case in court.

We’ve secured billions in results for our past clients, and there are no upfront costs or hourly fees to work with us.

Call (800) 995-1212 now or fill out our contact form for a free, no-obligation case review. Let us get you the justice and compensation you deserve.

Our Massachusetts Offices

44 School Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02108

1330 Boylston Street, Suite 400
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Dog Bite Injury Lawyer in Boston FAQs

What should you do if a dog bites you in Boston?

If a dog bites you in Boston, it’s important to move to a safe location and address any immediate medical concerns. Then, you should get:

  • The owner’s name and contact information
  • A description of their dog
  • Photos or videos of your injuries
  • Contact information for any witnesses who saw you get bitten

After this important evidence has been collected, you should reach out to a Boston dog bite lawyer for help taking legal action.

Call (800) 995-1212 now to see if you may be eligible for compensation from a Boston dog bite lawsuit.

Does Massachusetts have a one bite law?

No. Massachusetts is a strict liability state, which means the owner is always responsible for their dog’s behavior, regardless of if they previously believed their dog was aggressive or not.

In addition to strict liability, dog bite laws in other states include: 

  • One-bite rule: Dog owners or caretakers may be held responsible for injuries caused by their dog if they were aware of their dog’s previous tendencies to act aggressive or violent.
  • Shared fault: If a victim’s actions were partially to blame for a dog biting them, the amount of compensation they are eligible for will be adjusted based on how responsible they were for the events that took place.

Nobody deserves to suffer from a dog bite, and Massachusetts laws recognize these injuries are often preventable if owners take care to keep their dogs out of certain situations.

How much can you get paid for a dog bite in Boston?

It depends. While the average dog bite payout varies, many of our clients have received much higher results.

In one case, we secured $315,000 for a girl who needed facial surgery after being attacked by a dog she was caring for.

Get a free case review now to see if our Boston dog bite lawyers can pursue compensation on your behalf.

How much does a dog bite attorney in Boston cost?

At Sokolove Law, there are no hourly fees or out-of-pocket costs to work with our dog bite attorneys in Boston.

We only get paid if we successfully secure compensation for you, so there’s no financial risk to taking legal action.

How do I find a dog bite attorney near me?

As a national law firm, Sokolove Law has offices across the country — including in Boston. No matter where you may be located, our team may be able to help.

It’s important to look for an attorney who has experience with your specific type of case. Our dog bite lawyers in Boston have decades of experience helping clients throughout Massachusetts.

Call (800) 995-1212 now to see if we may be able to help you pursue compensation too.

Sokolove Law Affiliations & Recognition

Our Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Justice
  • Massachusetts State Bar Association

Recognition

  • National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • U.S. News & World Report - 2022 Best Law Firms / Best Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell - 2022 Peer-Reviewed for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

Sokolove Law Local Reviews

  • Better Business Bureau® (BBB) - A+ Rating since 2013
  • Average Google Rating: 4.6/5

Boston Neighborhoods We Serve

  • Allston-Brighton
  • Back Bay
  • Beacon Hill/West End
  • Charlestown
  • Chinatown
  • Dorchester
  • Downtown Boston
  • East Boston
  • Fenway-Kenmore
  • Hyde Park
  • Jamaica Plain
  • Mattapan
  • Mission Hill
  • North End
  • Roslindale
  • Roxbury
  • South Boston
  • South End/Bay Village
  • West Roxbury

Boston Zip Codes We Serve

  • 02108
  • 02109
  • 02110
  • 02111
  • 02112
  • 02113
  • 02114
  • 02115
  • 02116
  • 02117
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  • 02163
  • 02196
  • 02199
  • 02201
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  • 02241
  • 02283
  • 02284
  • 02293
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  • 02298

Cities We Serve Surrounding Boston

We can help families in cities around Boston and across the state of Massachusetts, including:

  • Arlington, MA
  • Belmont, MA
  • Brookline, MA
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Chelsea, MA
  • Everett, MA
  • Malden, MA
  • Medford, MA
  • Melrose, MA
  • Milton, MA
  • Revere, MA
  • Somerville, MA
  • Watertown, MA
  • Winchester, MA
  • Winthrop, MA
  • Worcester, MA

Other Cases We Handle in Boston, MA

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  1. Insurance Information Institute. “Spotlight on: Dog bite liability.” Retrieved from: https://www.iii.org/article/spotlight-on-dog-bite-liability. Accessed on May 10, 2024.
  2. Tableau Public. “Dog Bite Data by State, 2020.” Retrieved from: https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/insuranceinformationinstitute/viz/DogBitesByState/Dashboard1. Accessed on May 10, 2024.
  3. The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. “Section 12Z: Reports of dog bites.” Retrieved from: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXVI/Chapter112/Section12z. Accessed on May 10, 2024.
  4. The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. “Section 155: Liability for damage caused by dog; minors; presumption and burden of proof.” Retrieved from: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXX/Chapter140/Section155. Accessed on May 10, 2024.