Got bitten by a dog? Better find a lawyer today
We at Sweeney Merrigan Law love our pets. Cats are our best friends, and dogs are loyal companions. However, any animal can become a threat when its owner is reckless and negligent. If you or a beloved one suffered a serious injury as a consequence of an animal attack, you have the right to seek financial compensation.
Filing an animal attack lawsuit
Many animals other than just dogs can cause you serious harm. A snake bite, for example, is no less dangerous, and can lead to permanent injuries, life-long trauma or even death. When a careless animal owner is negligent or inadequately protects other people from the potential threat posed by his pet, he or she is fully liable for any damage caused. The lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan will help you file an animal attack lawsuit to pursue punitive damages and punish the irresponsible owner, preventing him from harming other innocent victims.
What is the “one bite rule” in Massachusetts?
Even the tamest family dog is still an animal at heart – no matter how small it is, it still descends from wild wolves from which it inherited some of its behaviors. In some instances, an otherwise gentle mutt can still lash out itself at a stranger and bite him without apparent reason. Because of this, in many states, a “one bite rule” exist to account for this otherwise unexplained aggressiveness. This law provides some leniency to the owner if the animal never harmed anyone before.
In Massachusetts, however, this law is not applied. This state imposes strict liability on dog owners, regardless of the animal’s breed or history. An owner can be held liable in any circumstance where the bite caused serious bodily harm or permanent injuries.
What if the animal owner was my friend?
In some circumstances, you may be hesitant about pursuing action against a dog owner because he or she is someone you know, such as a neighbor or friend. Our lawyers understand how sensitive these matters could be, and we will do our best not to ruin your relationship. In Massachusetts compensation can still be secured from a homeowner’s or renter’s policy so you do not need to request money directly from the animal owner.
Sweeney Merrigan Law will always be at your side
The skilled dog bite attorneys at Sweeney Merrigan will never stop fighting at your side. We have a reputation as the best, most experienced personal injury lawyers in Massachusetts, and won hundreds of cases on behalf of our clients. We will assist you during every step of your legal battle.
Call us now to receive a free consultation to discuss your legal options. Together we will win.