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Experienced Springfield Attorney Seeks Damages for Your Dog Bite Injuries

Caring, compassionate legal counsel for victims of animal attacks in Massachusetts

Dog bites can cause devastating injuries; repeated bites, in an attack, can even cause death. The Law Offices of Harold I. Resnic has represented victims of dog bites in Massachusetts for more than 40 years. According to 2006 data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, state residents suffered more than 6,300 dog bite-related injuries that required them to visit an emergency room, and 146 of those required hospital admission. Children under 14 suffered the highest rate of bites, and boys had a higher percentage of dog bite injuries than girls. Our Springfield attorney understands the pain, fear, disfigurement and medical expenses that arise from a dog bite, and he works diligently to ensure victims are compensated and receive justice.

State law governing dog bites

Under Massachusetts law, a dog’s owner is strictly liable for its behavior. So, the victim of a dog bite can file a civil lawsuit against the dog’s owner. The law is pretty clear — the owner is liable for personal injury damages or property damages if a dog harmed you or your property, as long as:

  • You were not trespassing or committing another crime.
  • You were not teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog.

The law applies whether the attack occurred on or off of the owner’s property or whether the dog was leashed or unleashed. Massachusetts law requires all dogs to be on a leash when not on their property, and they must be under control when they’re not in their house or fenced in by a yard. Massachusetts law does not ban any dog based on the perceived dangerousness of its breed.

How we investigate your claim

How do you know if you have a case? Personal injury lawyer Harold I. Resnic can assess the facts surrounding your dog bite and determine whether they meet Massachusetts’ legal requirements for filing an injury lawsuit.

Our firm will vigorously investigate your claim by examining:

  • Medical records
  • Witness statements
  • Evidence of any other attacks or aggressive behavior by the dog
  • Whether the owner used proper safeguards such as leashes and muzzles
  • Whether the specific dog showed tendencies toward aggression
  • Whether owner mistreatment may have cause the behavior
  • Whether commands given or not given by the owner enhanced the attack

You can be confident that our considerable experience in pursuing dog bite cases will achieve the best possible results for your injury claim.

Who pays for an animal attack?

Homeowners and renters insurance policies typically pay for medical bills and other dog bite liability legal expenses, up to the policy limits. For larger claims, the owner is responsible. An owner may decide to negotiate a settlement. Our attorney has experience resolving dog bite cases in a manner that benefits our clients, whether that is through settlement or a jury trial.

Solutions for Massachusetts dog bite victims

If you have been attacked by a dog or other pet, you may suffer pain, injury, nerve damage, disfigurement, or develop an infection or transmitted disease. You are entitled to recover money from the liable owner to cover medical expenses and lost wages relating to any of those types of injuries, in addition to any pain and suffering damages. These types of allowed damages are the same as for most personal injury claims. Note that the same statute of limitations applies, meaning you have three years from the date of the bite to file a lawsuit.

Contact a dedicated Springfield attorney for a free consultation on dog bite injuries

For more than four decades, the Law Offices of Harold I. Resnic has unfailingly championed the rights of victims of dog bites and other animal attacks. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling 413-301-9124 or contacting us online. Our Springfield, MA law office is near Hampden Superior Court and the Mass Mutual Center. We meet with clients Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is an on-site parking garage, and we are easily reached by public transportation.

Testimonials
  • "I was rendered totally disabled because of a car accident while my car was parked. The other driver’s insurance company has admitted that its insured was at fault but has refused to offer a fair settlement. Attorney Resnic has been aggressive in suing the insurance company for bad faith handling of my claim and is seeking three times my damages plus attorneys’ fees and costs. If you want an attorney that will fight for you, this is the guy. " - TD

  • "Attorney Harold Resnic is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and well-respected. He settled my Workers’ Compensation case for $350,000 when the employer disputed the fact that I even had an accident. He is now suing the people responsible for my injuries so that I can collect damages for my pain and Suffering." - LD

  • "I was seriously hurt in a fall on snow and ice in my employer’s parking lot. Attorney Resnic got me a generous settlement for the Workers’ Compensation claim and for my claim against the building owner and maintenance company for pain and suffering. I highly recommend Attorney Harold Resnic." - DG

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