You should seek treatment if you’re bitten by a dog

There are about a thousand people who require emergency care and treatment every single day in the United States for dog bite injuries. Are these attacks really that serious, and should you worry about the dogs in your neighborhood? While everyone’s situation is different, it is important to understand how dangerous a dog bite can really be. Even a bite from a small puppy can lead to infection that damages the body in irreparable ways. While not all dog attacks are vicious, it’s still the responsibility of the dog’s owner to compensate you for any medical care or damages you Continue Reading

Are dogs required to be on leashes in Boston?

Boston, Massachusetts, is home to many who love a dog’s company, but even the most docile pets need to be taken care of within the law. Anyone who has suffered an animal bite knows that a leashed dog is easier to hold onto than one that isn’t, and a leash can prevent dangerous situations from happening. If you’ve been injured by an unleashed dog, then you may be wondering if it’s legal to have a dog off its leash. According to Boston’s city ordinances, whenever a dog is off the property of its owner, it’s required to be on a Continue Reading

How long do I have to file a Massachusetts dog bite lawsuit?

Personal injury claims are on a time clock. Laws in every state set time limits or statutes of limitation for filing civil lawsuits. In Massachusetts, most liability claims must be filed within three years of the date of injury, including cases involving dog bites. Some states impose filing deadlines as short as one year. Very limited filing periods are also common when injury or death claims are brought against a government. In some states, plaintiffs are allotted up to six years to petition a court for damages. Limited filing times allow civil cases to reach an end point, when no Continue Reading

Who pays for losses related to Massachusetts dog bites?

About 4.5 million U.S. residents are bitten by dogs every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported nearly 20 percent of dog bite victims require medical treatment. Reconstructive surgery was needed for 27,000 victims of dog attacks in 2012. Massachusetts law states an animal owner or keeper is liable for the damages caused by a dog bite. A dog owner is not accountable for attacks on trespassers or individuals who tease or abuse a dog, provided the bite recipient is 7 or older. Damages following a dog bite may include pain and suffering, lost wages and short- or Continue Reading

Mansfield dog attacks again

Although it already faced a euthanasia order for an earlier attack on a child, a Mansfield dog has struck again and has most likely destroyed any chance that it had for a reprieve from its sentence. According to the police, the canine attacked a 16-year-old girl who was then transported to Rhode Island’s Hasbro Children’s Hospital to be treated for her wounds. The extent of her injuries is unknown. The dog had previously attacked a boy, biting his face and causing severe injuries that required surgery. As a result of this animal attack, the Mansfield Board of Selectmen had ordered Continue Reading

Mansfield dog attacks six-year-old boy

After attempting to pet the neighbor’s dog, a six-year-old boy in Mansfield was attacked by the animal. Reportedly, the dog savagely bit the boy’s ear, cheek and ankle while he was being cared for by a babysitter at her house; the canine was a family pet. A police officer responded at the scene of theanimal attack and found the youngster holding a bloody paper towel to his face. The dog had been locked in a separate room. The child was taken by ambulance for treatment. He had extensive damage to muscles and ligaments on his cheek, and his wounds required Continue Reading

Dog bites Needham, Massachusetts man

After receiving a report of an animal attack, the Needham Police Animal Control responded at the scene of the incident. A dog had allegedly bitten another dog after attacking it. When a man tried to separate the animals, the dog bit him. Dog bites can be very serious. According to reports, an ambulance took the dog bite victim to the hospital to receive treatment. Details about the extent of his injuries were not available. In addition to being extremely painful, dog bites require special treatment to ensure that infections don’t result, especially if the attacking dog’s vaccinations are not current. Continue Reading

Brandeis student attacked by coyote

In one of the stranger cases of animal bites Waltham has seen in some time, a Brandeis student was attacked by what may have been a coyote. The student was walking to her dorm and heard something moving in some bushes. Moments later, an animal jumped at her. Because it was dark, she could not make a positive identification of the animal. The student was treated for an injury that may have been due to a scratch or bite from the animal. Witnesses reported seeing a coyote pack traveling in the area close to the time of the attack. There Continue Reading

Governor defangs Boston’s pit bull law

Boston thought it had a solution to the problem of powerful pit bulls biting people when, back in 2004, the city passed a special ordinance requiring pit bulls to be licensed and muzzled in public. The ordinance also forbade housing more than two of the dogs. That ordinance will be history on November 1, when a new animal control law signed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick takes effect. The law specifically forbids municipalities from passing “breed-specific ordinances.” The legislation goes on to prevent local officials from issuing an order, “directing that a dog deemed dangerous be removed from the town Continue Reading