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Boston Dog Bite Attorney

A dog is man’s best friend, and millions of people own dogs as pets throughout the United States. Unfortunately, not all dogs are friendly, and not all dog owners take the proper care to keep dangerous dogs away from others. When a dog bite attack occurs, the results can be devastating, and at The Law Office of Joseph Linnehan, Jr. in our Boston Dog Bite attorneys are prepared to fight for the compensation that you deserve for dog bite injuries. To learn more, call or contact our office to schedule a free consultation.

Massachusetts Dog Bite Law

Most states either have “strict liability” or the “one bite rule” when it comes to dog bite attacks, and Massachusetts is considered a strict liability state. As such, a dog owner is liable for damages if their dog causes personal injury and the injury victim was not trespassing, committing a crime, or provoking the dog at the time of the attack. It does not matter if the dog has no previous history of aggressiveness or biting others, as a dog owner can be held liable for their first bite of a person. Massachusetts law also extends strict liability to any other injuries caused by a dog, even if they are not caused specifically by a bite.

What Breeds are Most Dangerous?

According to recent studies, certain breeds of dogs are more likely to attack humans than others. The most dangerous dog breeds likely to be involved in fatal or severe injury attacks include the following:

  1. Pit bulls,
  2. Rottweilers,
  3. German shepherd,
  4. Mixed breed dogs,
  5. American bulldog,
  6. Mastiff or Bullmastiff,
  7. Husky,
  8. Labrador retriever,
  9. Boxer, and
  10. Doberman pinscher

Dog bite attacks can happen to anyone, but the victims most likely to be attacked by a dog include children ages five years old and younger as well as the elderly. Unfortunately, when victims fall into these age groups they are more likely to suffer severe injuries, or worse, because of a dangerous dog.

Dog Bite Injuries

Depending on the level of severity of a dog bite attack, the injuries can range from fairly mild to severe. Many dog bite injuries result in serious scarring or permanent tissue damage. Common results of dog bite attacks include:

  • Puncture wounds,
  • Torn tissue,
  • Broken bones,
  • Eye injuries,
  • Scarring,
  • Lacerations and abrasions,
  • Tetanus,
  • Crushing injuries,
  • Avulsion injuries,
  • Head and neck injuries,
  • Facial trauma,
  • Nerve damage,
  • Rabies,
  • Infection, and
  • Psychological injuries

To learn more about what your case might be worth after a dog bite attack, talk to our office today.

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Have you or a loved one been attacked by a dog in the Boston area and suffered injuries as a result? If so, the experienced dog bite injury lawyers at The Law Office of Joseph Linnehan, Jr. are here to help. To speak with a knowledgeable and skilled attorney and schedule a free evaluation of your injury claims, call or contact our office now.

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