Do I have a Case for a Dog Bite Claim?

Can I sue for a dog bite injury?

Dog bites are devastating and scaring event that can have a long term affect on a victim that is more than just a physical injury. If you have been wrongfully bitten by a dog or animal that has caused injury or suffering, you can take legal action to repay you for your suffering. Many people have the immediate question, ‘Do I have a case?’, or ‘Can I sue?’ Though the answer varies, here is what you need to be able to prove liability in a dog bite injury caseLos Angeles:

  1. You were definitively bitten by a dog
  2. The person you’re suing is the rightful owner of the dog.
  3. That you were not trespassing or on private property when they were bitten.

If the owner of the dog is a minor, then their parents become liable for the dog. Massachusetts’ law about dog bites states “[the owner] shall be liable for such damage, unless such damage shall have been occasioned to the body or property of a person who, at the time such damage was sustained, was committing a trespass or other tort, or was teasing, tormenting or abusing such dog” This explains that if you were trespassing when you were bitten or if you were provoking or molesting the dog in any way, then the owner is no longer liable for the dog’s actions.

For more information on the steps for filing a dog bite claim, reference our follow up blog post, here

To ensure you have a case, make sure to collect as much information as possible about the incident. For more information about individual cases and circumstances, contact our office today to speak with our legal team. At Harrington & Harrington, we treat you like family and we take every case personally. If you or your family was bitten by a dog and you are interested in filing a lawsuit or any kind of legal action, don’t hesitate to call us at 617-227-1795 or e-mail

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