Dog Bites & Animal Attacks in Worcester, MA
Dogs are beloved household pets, with 45% of homes throughout the United States reporting at least one dog living in the residence. Unfortunately, any dog can bite if it becomes anxious or scared — and the majority of bites are preventable.
Dog bites are far more common than many people realize.
Approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States, with Massachusetts having the 12th highest number of dog bite claims.
Children are most at risk of dog attacks, as they may not recognize changes in a dog’s body language while interacting with the dog.
Dog bites in Worcester can cause:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Emotional distress
- Nerve damage
- Puncture wounds
- Torn ligaments
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 from a dog bite or animal attack, our attorneys may be able to help you pursue compensation through a Worcester dog bite lawsuit.
Call (800) 995-1212 now to learn more about your eligibility for free.
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 if the dog previously demonstrated aggressive behavior or not.
Massachusetts dog bite laws also require that any bites needing medical attention are reported to the town’s animal control officer within 24 hours.
These rules put pressure on dog owners to ensure that their pet doesn’t end up in a situation where it may injure another person.
In Massachusetts, dog owners may not be considered liable for injuries caused by their dogs if the injured person was trespassing or if they teased, tormented, or abused the dog before being attacked.
Compensation from a dog bite lawsuit is often secured from homeowners’ or renters’ insurance.
How to File a Dog Bite Lawsuit in Worcester, MA
At Sokolove Law, we are committed to breaking down the barriers that often keep people from filing a lawsuit, like financial resources, time constraints, and the complexity of the justice system.
If you have a case, our dog bite injury lawyers will handle every step of the legal process for you, so you can focus on your health and healing journey.
Our dog bite attorneys in Worcester 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 Worcester 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.
Additionally, there are no upfront costs or hourly fees to work with our team. We only get paid if we secure compensation for you.
Let us handle the legal legwork for you. Reach out to our team today to get started.
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Our experienced dog bite lawyers can help you understand your legal options during a free case review. Let us get you the money you deserve.
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Worcester 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 $9.1 Billion for our clients nationwide, including those in Worcester.
Dog bite settlements are determined by multiple factors in each case, including the:
- Severity of the injury
- Cost of medical care
- Lost wages from being unable to work
- Defendants in the claim (like the dog’s owner or insurance)
While there’s no guarantee of success in any case, our Worcester dog bite lawyers will fight for the most compensation possible in your case.
Compensation from a dog bite claim can help pay for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, funeral services, and more.
Find a Worcester 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 lawyers in Worcester are prepared to fight for results 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.
Let us get you the justice and compensation you deserve. Call (800) 995-1212 or fill out our contact form for a free, no-obligation case review.
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Worcester Dog Bite Injury Lawyer FAQs
What happens if a dog bites you in Massachusetts?
If you are bitten by a dog in Massachusetts, you should secure your safety and get the medical help you need.
Dog bites can cause serious injuries, and some may lead to infections. In serious cases, you may need to call 911 for help.
After a dog bite, you should also:
- Collect evidence, including a description of the dog, contact information of the owner and any witnesses, as well as photos of your injuries and where the attack took place
- Record all related expenses, like hospital visits or lost wages from missing work
- Contact a dog bite attorney, who may be able to help you pursue compensation by filing a lawsuit on your behalf
At Sokolove Law, our experienced Massachusetts dog bite attorneys have decades of experience helping clients injured through no fault of their own get justice.
Call (800) 995-1212 now to learn if we may be able to help you file a dog bite lawsuit in Worcester.
Does Massachusetts have a one bite law?
No, Massachusetts does not follow the “one bite” rule. 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
Do I need a lawyer for an animal attack in Worcester, MA?
While not required, it is highly recommended to hire a lawyer for an animal attack lawsuit, as these cases can be complex and insurance companies may not offer what you deserve.
By working with an experienced attorney, you may improve your chances of getting compensation and holding the dog owner responsible for your injuries accountable.
Fill out our contact form today for a free, no-obligation case review.
How much does a Worcester dog bite lawyer cost?
At Sokolove Law, there are no hourly fees or out-of-pocket costs to work with our dog bite attorneys in Worcester.
We work on a contingency-fee-basis, which means we only get paid if your case results in compensation.
Who is at fault for a dog bite in Massachusetts?
The owner of the dog or the person charged with the dog’s care — like a dog walker or family friend — may be considered responsible for any injuries from a dog bite.
How do I find a dog bite attorney near me?
As a national law firm, Sokolove Law has offices across the country — including in Massachusetts. 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 Worcester 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.
What is the statute of limitations on dog bites in Massachusetts?
You only have a limited amount of time to file a Worcester dog bite lawsuit due to unique laws in each state known as the statute of limitations.
Once this deadline passes, you won’t be able to sue for your injuries again.
Fill out our contact form now to learn how our attorneys may be able to help you file a lawsuit and pursue compensation.
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