Dog Bites

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention there are approximately 4.7 million people bit by dogs every year. Injury claims from these bites cost the property insurance industry approximately $656,000.00 for calendar year 2007. That amount likely went up each year. Fortunately, Massachusetts and New Hampshire have laws which hold dog owners strictly liable when their dogs have caused injuries to others. If you or a member of your family have been bitten by a dog, under these strict liability laws the owner of that dog may be held liable if the injuries were caused by the dog’s bite, regardless of where, why or how it happened. Let Wacks & McHale PC evaluate your case and assist you in understanding and navigating through these strict liability laws.

If you or a family member have been bitten by a dog and that dog is owned by a homeowner, apartment owner, apartment resident or business owner, that person may have liability insurance coverage to pay for the injuries and damages you suffered from that dog bite. The Journal of the American Medical Association has reported that approximately 1 out of every 6 dog bite injuries are serious enough to require medical attention. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that dog bites send nearly 1,000 victims per day to hospital emergency rooms for treatment. In fact, being bitten by a dog is the fifth most frequent reason for visits to emergency rooms caused by activities among children. Dog bite injuries can be serious. They can cause infection, permanent injury and scaring. Working through a claim against a liability insurance company can be challenging and difficult.

If you or anyone you know may have a personal injury claim resulting from a dog bite or the act of a dog; our law firm is available to analyze the situation and facts and discuss the issues and strategy. We will work with you to evaluate if it is appropriate to bring a claim against the owner of that dog.

We offer a free consultation and can discuss the potential liability of the owner of the dog, the extent of damages and potential recovery that you may be entitled to; and the potential for successfully collecting an award of damages or compensation from the party at fault. If we accept your case, we will handle this on a no fee until successful basis. A dog bite hurts. But beyond the immediate pain, there is often residual pain and suffering, scaring and the cost, inconvenience and expenses involved in medical care and follow up care. The lawyers at Wacks & McHale PC are experienced in guiding you though these challenges and can assist you in obtaining fair and just compensation.

At Wacks & McHale PC we have over 35 years of combined legal experience and we have successfully represented many injured clients including those with dog bites. If we accept your case it requires no fee upfront. Our fee is a set percentage of any settlement or judgment that we may obtain on your behalf. Call us at 781-584-8283 or by email through this site.

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