Each year, these hot summer months bring a notable increase in dog bite injuries throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. A dog attack can lead to serious catastrophic injury, not to mention the lasting psychological trauma sustained from being violently attacked. We tend to see more throughout suburbs and cities like New Bedford, Fall River and Providence, however a dog bite can occur in any community.
What Do I Do If I’m Bitten By A Dog?
If possible, determine who the owner of the dog is and gather the names and contact information of any witnesses at the scene, then go straight to seek medical attention. Untreated, a dog bite can cause further injury, infection, and even death if the animal was in any way diseased. After medical evaluation, you should consider consulting an experienced attorney about your animal bite case to determine whether you have a legal claim, and what damages you may be able to recover. The attorney will ask you for detailed information regarding the circumstances surrounding your dog bite.
Who Is Responsible For My Dog Bite Injury?
Massachusetts and Rhode Island are “strict liability” dog bite states. This means that in these states, dog owners are still liable for injuries their dogs cause even if the owner had no prior knowledge that the dog would bite or cause injury. This applies to all injuries caused by dogs, from being attacked or bitten to being knocked over and injured.
Rhode Island’s “One Bite” Law
In Rhode Island, if someone is bitten or injured by a dog while on the property of the dog owner, the strict liability dog bite statute does not apply. Instead, an injured person must seek liability under the “one bite” rule. This rule states that a dog owner is only liable for a dog bite injury if the owner knew or had reason to know that the dog would act aggressively.
Contact An Experienced New Bedford Dog Bite Attorney
If you’ve been bitten or injured by a dog or any other pet, do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your options with one of our experienced attorneys. We help you to get the compensation that you deserve.
*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.
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