Dog Bite Cases in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
Almost 4 million people are attacked or bitten by dogs each year in the United States.
The law protects those bitten by dogs, allowing victims compensation for their injuries. Pet owners in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are responsible for their pets, and are generally strictly liable in the event their dog bites and injures another person.
Strict liability means that so long as you are not teasing or tormenting the dog, the person bitten does not have to demonstrate that the dog owner was negligent, only that he was bitten by the dog.
Generally the owner’s homeowners insurance policy will be responsible for payments as a result of the injuries. It is important that you immediately identify the owner of the dog and make a report of the incident to the owner and the police so that the incident is documented. Also take photos immediately of your injuries and the location of the attack.
Contact us if you or a loved one have been injured or bitten by a dog or any other animal.