A woman was recently viciously attacked by a dog in Massachusetts, according to police. The dog attack reportedly left her in critical condition, and she was transported to the hospital for treatment. Police said that the woman was badly bitten in the face by her boyfriend’s dog. When authorities and first responders arrived to care for the woman, they realized that her injuries were life threatening and more serious than they previously believed. The woman was initially taken to a local hospital for medical treatment but was later taken by helicopter to a larger hospital for treatment of her injuries. At last report she remained in critical condition at the hospital.
Massachusetts law recognizes the importance of protecting victims of dog attacks and other animal attacks. Massachusetts dog bite law is a strict liability law which holds the owner of the dog strictly liable for any harm the dog causes. This means that, except in limited circumstances, the activities of the victim or the owner of the dog do not impact the liability of the owner for the damages suffered by the victims.
Victims of dog attacks may be able to receive compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. The damages associated with a dog attack can be lifelong and can include physical harm, scarring, disfigurement and emotional trauma. The law recognizes victims’ need for protection and provides options for them to recover compensation for the harm they have suffered.
It is important for victims of dog attacks in Massachusetts to be familiar with the legal resources that may help them when harmed by a dog bite or dog attack. Understanding these protections can help them better focus on the physical and emotional recovery process following a dog attack.
Source: NECN.com, “Vicious Dog Attack Leaves Woman in Critical Condition,” Rachel McKnight, Dec. 10, 2016