What is the law in Massachusetts?
The Law in Massachusetts regarding dog bites is very
specific. In general owners/keepers of
dogs are liable for any damages caused by their dog. There is an exception which protects the
owner/keeper from liability if the injured person was committing a trespass or
teasing or tormenting the dog when the injury occurred. In Massachusetts,
it is presumed that a child under the age of 7 is not committing a trespass,
teasing or tormenting the dog. The
burden shifts to the defendant to prove that a child under 7 years of age was
trespassing or teasing the dog when the injury happened.
Many young children are bitten on the face by
dogs. Facial scarring, in particular, is
a significant concern for young children.
As a child grows, their facial structure will also grow elongating any scar. As a child continues to grow, the scar can
become more distorted. Other types of
injury that may result from a dog bit include emotional trauma or traumatic
stress disorder. If you or your child has
been bitten by a dog, you should do the following:
immediate medical attention;
the dog bite or attack to the city or town authority;
the wound area;
down the name, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses;
an attorney who has experience in handling dog bite cases.
The Law Office of Chistolini & DeSimone has extensive
experience representing children and adults attacked by dogs. We encourage you to visit our website to read
some of the testimonials by clients we have represented who has been injured as
a result of a dog bite. Please feel free
to visit our website at www.counselatlaw.com,
or call for a free consultation at (617) 984-0021