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Dog Bite Injuries

Over 4.7 million innocent people are bitten by a dog each year in the U.S. According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 400,000 people visit an emergency room each year for a dog bite, which is an average of over 1,000 per day. Injuries from a dog bite can range from a minor puncture wound to a mauling.

Tapalian Law works on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid until you win your case. If you are injured and cannot come to us, we will visit you at your home or in the hospital to offer you a free consultation about your legal rights. The consultation is free, there is no obligation, you don’t pay until you win. This really is a win-win situation, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Contact us today.

Dog Bite Injury
Don’t Blame the Breed Blame the Deed! Vicious Dog

Many breeds have been unfairly targeted by the media as being overly aggressive or dangerous. Many dog experts have stated that environmental influences, more than genetic influences, are to blame for the majority of dog bite injuries. Some factors which may lead to a bite, but have nothing to do with breed, include:

  • Socialization of the dog with other dogs and humans
  • How the dog is treated on a daily basis
  • Situational hazards (being confined in a tight space with people approaching quickly)
  • Whether the dog has been spayed/neutered
  • Whether the dog was provoked

Under Massachusetts law, a dog owner is strictly liable (meaning they are deemed responsible without any showing of fault) for injuries their dog causes to others regardless of where the injury occurred. The injury can be caused by a bite, mauling, or just being knocked down by the dog. The injured person, however, cannot have provoked the incident by teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog.

Why Should You Hire an Injury Attorney after a Dog Bite?

Under Rhode Island law, dog owners are strictly liable (meaning they are deemed responsible without any showing of fault) for injuries their dog causes to others if those injuries did not occur on the dog owner’s property. For example, if a dog attacks or bites you on the street, sidewalk or in your own yard, the dog’s owner is responsible to you for your injuries and losses regardless of how careful the owner was in keeping the dog away from you.

Even if you are attacked or bitten by a dog while on the dog owner’s property, the owner can be held responsible for your injuries if the owner knew or had reason to know of the dog’s vicious or aggressive tendency. This is commonly called the “one bite rule”. If a dog owner has been held liable previously for a dog bite, you may be entitled to double the amount of compensation.

Proof of Injury Is Essential in a Dog Bite Claim Doctor

Our law firm has extensive contacts in the medical community to assist our clients in documenting the seriousness of the injuries resulting from the dog bite. Even the simplest claim can become complicated quickly. Rather than make a mistake that could hurt your chance at recovering compensation, put our experience to work for you.

It is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the event in question, and file a lawsuit before the deadline imposed by the statute of limitations. If you or a loved one has been injured, don’t delay. Contact personal injury Attorney Tapalian today for a free legal consultation. There is never a fee or any costs unless we are successful. We will help you so that you understand your rights and obligations under the law.