Thousands of people suffer from animal attacks or bites each year, according to FindLaw. Many animal attacks in Boston involve dogs and other pets. Typically, victims may have a legal right to recover damages from the animal's owner or the party held responsible for the attack. If you have suffered from an animal attack or bite, a Boston personal injury lawyer may advise you to:
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible; then
- Determine who the owner of the animal is;
- Note if there might be other potential responsible parties; and
- Find out if you are entitled to recover any damages.
You should immediately get treated by a physician after an animal attack, since the animal could have a disease that may possibly cause serious infections, injuries, or death.
Once you have received medical treatment, it is essential to find out who owned the animal that attacked you. Under a theory of strict liability, an owner is held legally accountable for an animal attack, despite whether he or she tried to protect others from the attack or had no reason to believe the animal had dangerous tendencies.
Other people that could be held liable for an animal attack besides the animal's owner include property owners, landlords, animal keepers, and the parents of minors who own the animal. Once you've established who may be held legally responsible, a Boston personal injury lawyer can help determine whether you may be entitled to recover potential damages from the animal bite or attack. Depending on the gravity of the injury, you can generally recover damages for:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages, and
- Property damage.
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