Dogs are commonly referred to as “man’s best friend,” and for good and legitimate reasons. A dog can be a large and loved part of any family, and often form long lasting relationships with their owners. But, they are still fundamentally animals. As animals, they still have primal instincts and responses, including occasionally violent ones, sometimes resulting in bites and personal injury. An otherwise loving companion still retains the capacity to cause significant harm and injury at a moment’s notice.
This is unfortunately what happened to one Massachusetts five-year-old after he encountered a neighbor’s pit bull. The toddler resided in a multi-family property and the tenants of a nearby unit had a pit bull that the toddler’s parents allege they knew was dangerous. The dog reportedly attacked the child without provocation or cause, biting him several times and causing permanent scarring on the boy’s forehead.
To recover for the child’s damages, such as his medical expenses, physical injuries and psychological trauma, they filed a personal injury lawsuit against the dog’s owners and the owner of the property. Their attorney, Paul Tetzel, introduced evidence from the dog owner’s previous landlord that he had evicted the owner because the dog had bitten a child, and was prepared to introduce into evidence the testimony of a former neighbor that the owners knew their dog was dangerous. The lawsuit was ultimately settled for $150,000.
If you sustained injuries from a dog bite, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your physical injuries, as well as any emotional trauma and financial hardship caused by the accident. Please call us 24/7 at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free consultation. Our Boston dog bite lawyer experts are specialists in the field. Your needs are our top priority!