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Have you been bitten by a dog? Here’s what you need to know

October 17, 2018


Dog bites can be very severe and result in large hospital bills, loss of time from work, and the expenses of rehabbing the injury. Thankfully, Massachusetts has some of the strongest dog bite laws in the country which hold the owner liable for your injuries.

A summary of the Dog Bite Laws in Massachusetts

Dog bite injuries are covered in Chapter 140, Section 155 of the Massachusetts General Laws. The statute reads:

If any dog shall do any damage to either the body or property of any person, the owner or keeper, or if the owner or keeper be a minor, the parent or guardian of such minor, 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. If a minor, on whose behalf an action under this section is brought, is under seven years of age at the time the damage was done, it shall be presumed that such minor was not committing a trespass or other tort, or teasing, tormenting or abusing such dog, and the burden of proof thereof shall be upon the defendant in such action.

So basically, as long as you weren’t trespassing or teasing the dog, the owner is liable for your injuries.

What should I do if I was bitten by a dog?

Get the necessary medical attention you need. Dog bites can quickly become infected if left untreated. After that, call (888) 526-9737 to speak with Attorney Mike Bowser. He has experience with dog bite cases and will give you the right information based on his decades of personal injury experience. The consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose.

Dog Bite Case Results

Here is the summary of a recent dog bite case in which the victim was represented by Attorney Mike Bowser:

Dog Bite Claim


Dog Bite. Young boy attacked by chained dog in neighbor’s yard. Serious facial lacerations which result in permanent scarring.


Homeowner’s insurance carrier denies coverage for claim and files suit against homeowner and injured boy’s family to seek opinion from Court supporting their denial of personal injury coverage under applicable homeowner’s policy. Policy limits $100,000.


Settled prior to trial pursuant to structured settlement for present day and future benefits. $117,000.

Dog bite injuries are serious. If you want serious results on your injury claim, call Mike Bowser at (888) 526-9737.

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