Dog Bite FAQ

  1. Why do dogs attack people?
    Dog attacks can often be prevented when owners provide their dogs with proper care and attention. Dog attacks happen because dog owners often fail to:

    • keep their dogs secured or fenced.
    • post warnings of aggressive dogs on their property.
    • provide medical care when dogs are sick or injured.
    • supervise their dogs.
    • train or socialize their dogs.
  2. What should I do if I was bitten by a dog?
    Dog bite victims can file claims against dog owners for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you were bitten by a dog, taking the following steps can help protect your legal rights to compensation:

    • Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
      Dog bites can cause infection if not treated properly and may lead to tissue and nerve damage that isn’t apparent at the time of the incident.

    • Gather information about your incident.
      Get the dog owner’s contact information if you can, including his or her name, phone number, address, and insurance info. You should also file a report of the attack with your local animal control center.

    • Get legal representation.
      At Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, our Boston dog bite lawyers are here to fight for the money you’re owed. Contact us today—just dial (800) 577-5188 or complete a free initial consultation form.

  3. Who can I sue for my dog bite injuries?
    Massachusetts is a strict liability state, meaning the law holds dog owners responsible when their dogs attack people. Proving your case may involve several factors, including whether the dog was:

    • leashed or restrained during the attack.
    • trained for defense or attack purposes.
    • demonstrating aggressive behavior before the attack.

    Our Boston dog bite lawyers can help you gather the evidence needed to build a strong claim, so you can get the full amount of compensation you need for your injury-related expenses.

  4. How long do I have to file a dog bite claim?
    The time limit—or statute of limitations—for filing a dog bite claim is three years from the date the attack occurred. But preparing a strong claim can take time, and evidence that can help your case may be more difficult to gather the longer you wait to get legal help. Give Jason Stone Injury Lawyers a call today, and let us help protect your legal rights.

  5. What if I was petting the dog before it attacked?
    The law holds dog owners accountable for dog bite victims’ injury-related expenses and pain and suffering unless victims were trespassing on an owner’s property, or teasing, tormenting, or abusing the dog before it attacked. Under the law, children are presumed not to have initiated attacks unless dog owners can prove otherwise.

  6. Another dog attacked my dog. Who is responsible for the vet bills?
    While certain exceptions exist, Massachusetts dog owners are responsible for bodily or property damage caused by their dogs, including injuries to your dog. If you’ve suffered economic damages due to a dog attack, contact Jason Stone Injury Lawyers. We’re here to help.