Animal attack and dog bite injuries can be significant and costly.

An east coast man was recently awarded $650,000 after he was bit by his neighbor’s dog. The man had to undergo two surgeries as a result of the dog bite injuries he suffered after a god belonging to the man’s neighbor bit him. The man was assisting his neighbor with a chore at the neighbor’s home when he began to pet two dogs chained to the garage. As the man turned away, one of the dogs attacked him and bit his face and forearm.

The man suffered serious injuries to his face and arm and was taken to the hospital following the incident. The man’s attorney described “significant tissue loss” around the man’s lips. After some time had passed, the man began to experience difficulty opening his mouth and numbness and scarring of his lips. As a result, the man had to undergo a second surgery to attempt to correct the damage caused by the dog bite injury. The state in which the man resides, and where the incident took place, is a strict liability dog bite state.

Similarly, though state laws can vary, Massachusetts is a strict liability dog bite state. This means that the pet owner of a dog that bites a person, provided that person was not trespassing, committing some other wrong, teasing or tormenting the animal, will be liable to the victim for the injuries the animal causes. Dog attack victims can recover damages including those for medical expenses, scarring, disfigurement, physical and emotional pain and pain and suffering.

Victims of an animal attack may feel overwhelmed emotionally, physically and financially by all of the challenges the animal injury occasioned. A trained personal injury attorney can help a victim receive compensation for the variety of damages the victim may be facing by helping the victim bring an animal bite claim for the harm suffered.

Source: NJ.com, “OUCH! N.J. man awarded $650,000 for a dog bite, report says,” Rob Spahr, Nov. 1, 2013