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How Severe Must a Dog Bite or Injury be to Make a Claim?

Any dog bite is severe and you can make a claim if you are bitten by a dog. If it’s a dog bite that involves one visit to hospital and it might be on a man’s arm or leg and the heels and there is no scar, that would not be as large as a dog bite on a young girl’s face which involves one or two visits to a doctor and may have to go to a plastic surgeon and involve some permanent scarring. In both cases, there are claims to be made.

Who is Held Liable in Dog Bite Injury Claims?

The owner or the keeper of the dog is held strictly liable in dog bite injury claims. By that I mean, you don’t have to prove that the owner or keeper of the dog is negligent. All you have to do is to show that the dog bit the client. In some cases, the property owner may also be liable if the property owner knew or should have known that the dog had violent propensities.

Is Contributory Negligence Possible in Dog Bite Claims as Well?

Contributory negligence is not applicable in dog bite claims in terms of the owner or the keeper of the dog because again, we are not getting into negligence. It’s strict liability. So you just have to prove that the bite occurred. When it comes to the keeper of that dog, then it may come into play.

Who Actually Pays the Damages to the Dog Bite Victim in These Cases?

If there is homeowner’s insurance, the homeowner’s insurance carrier would pay the damages to the dog bite victim in these claims. If there isn’t homeowner’s insurance, then it would be the owner of the dog or the keeper of the dog.

For more information on Dog Bite Claims In Massachusetts, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling 800.262.9200 today.

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