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Filing a personal injury claim after you’re bitten by a dog

They say dog is man’s best friend, but unfortunately that is not always the case. Some dogs are trained by their owners to be aggressive, and others sometimes turn and bite people unexpectedly. Regardless of the reason, being bitten by a dog can be a terrifying and painful experience. Every year, a few people even die because of dog bites. If a dog has bitten you or a loved one, you may be entitled to monetary compensation by way of a personal injury claim.

The state of Massachusetts has strict laws in place to protect dog bite victims. Unless it is proven that the victim was trespassing on private property, or tormenting or abusing the dog, than the dog owner is liable to be sued. Victims can recover monetary compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages from missed time at work.

If a dog bites you, how you react immediately after the incident is very important. First, go to the emergency room or your doctor for treatment. Speak with your doctor to make sure your tetanus shot is recent and that you don’t need a booster. Then ask the owner of the dog for proof of a rabies shot and report the accident to the local authorities. Finally, contact a personal injury attorney with experience dealing with dog bites. Even if your injuries were minor or you are not sure if you want to file a claim, it never hurts to meet for a free consultation to discuss your options. You will find that special laws exist in this area of law and that they are quite protective of the victim.

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