Massachusetts Law Regarding Injuries by Dogs

Massachusetts law is somewhat unique when it comes to the rights of persons injured by a dog. Massachusetts, by statute, makes the owner or “keeper” (not an owner but one controlling the dog) of a dog liable to a person injured by the dog even if the owner or keeper is not negligent. This is an example of “strict liability.” In other words, if you are injured by another’s dog, you may recover without proving the owner or keeper knew of the dangerous propensities (if any) of the dog prior to the time of your injury. What you do need to prove is that you were not trespassing, teasing, tormenting or otherwise abusing the dog when you were injured. If a minor under seven years of age is injured, the law presumes the child was not teasing, etc. the dog. Finally, one may recover from an owner or keeper even if the dog does not actually come in physical contact with you. We’ve represented several bicycle riders who were injured when they either collided with a dog chasing them or flew over the handle bars while braking as they were avoiding a wayward dog.

If you’ve been injured by a dog in Massachusetts, contact our office for a free consultation.

Massachusetts Personal Injury Claims: What You Need to Know

When you are injured in an accident, the pain and stress of dealing with your injury can be overwhelming. But you do not have to go it alone. A personal injury claim can help you receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma.

What is a personal injury claim?

A personal injury claim is a civil lawsuit which alleges that your injury was caused by the negligence of another. It is not used for damaged property, or in cases when the defendant had the intent to injure. Most personal injury claims are the result of car accidents, work related accidents, trips and falls, and product malfunction accidents. [Read more...]

Injuries at home may be covered by workers’ compensation

Workers who are hurt on the job in Massachusetts can generally expect to have their injuries covered by worker’s compensation. But in some cases, this benefit can extend even to workers who are injured at home, as long as the worker was hurt while engaging in a work-related activity.

For instance, an Oregon woman worked for J.C. Penney as a custom decorator. Though J.C. Penney provided her with an office that she shared with others, she usually worked from her van, traveling to and from appointments at customers’ homes.

She suffered a broken wrist in her own garage when she stumbled over her dog while trying to move fabric samples into her van.

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