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Dog Bite / Animal Attack in Boston

It is really pretty simple. People are allowed to keep pets but the pets are not allowed to bite, maul, mangle, or otherwise injure other people. When you consider that there are 61 million dogs in America and annually there are about 4.7 million cases of dog bites, then you realize that there must be a lawsuits arising out of these bites.

But, of course, dogs are not the only pets that bite, so any pet with teeth, or the ability to injure a human, can potentially lead to a lawsuit. If you, someone you love, or even or your pet, has been hurt by someone else’s pet, it would be advisable to call up a Boston Personal Injury lawyer and explain your situation. But get that wound treated first.

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Cows on I-195 in Dartmouth, Traffic Mooving Slowly

Driving is hazardous enough on its own. This is especially true as you get out of the city and go west or north. At that point you start running the risk of hitting deer, bear, or even moose.

But Monday morning on I-195 in Dartmouth, drivers were treated to having the entire right lane being blocked by two bulls that would not move out of the way until the farmer came to the rescue with his trailer, according to the Boston Globe.

Do you think the farmer would have lost more than a cow if someone had hit a bull?

German Shepherds Attack Owner and Friend in Whitman

Dogs are human’s best friends, right? In some circles they’re become a replacement for children, being called “granddoggies” and “dog children” by owners’ parents and owners respectively. This seems to make people forget that dogs are still animals and don’t have the logical reasoning that people do.

Maybe the two German shepherds were not being good dog children when they attacked their owner and a friend in Whitman on Monday. The two women had bites all over their arms and legs, with one woman having multiple bites on her torso as well, according to The Enterprise. The dogs have been quarantined since the attack and will be so for a total of 10 days.

Will the owner be liable for her friend’s injuries?

Would a Zombie Apocalypse Affect Wrongful Death Claims?

If there's been anything you've read on the Internet, it's probably that the zombie apocalypse is upon us. There are articles about how to survive it, what foods to eat, and finally a response from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) letting us know that there is no such thing as a zombie apocalypse.

According to Time, much of the hype has been stemmed from the rash of human body eating and mutilation crimes reported in a very short time span. There was the bath-salts face eating, then there was the man that stabbed himself and threw his intestines at police, and of course, the student in Baltimore that ate his roommate's heart and brain. And those were only some of the incidents that started this whole zombie thing.

So what would a zombie apocalypse mean to the personal injury world?

Malden Pit Bull Muzzle Law Debate To Continue

Boston and its environs are often associated with the American Pit Bull, which, in turn, is associated with carnage and mayhem (and Tom Brady). So, it is no surprise that local municipalities are considering a pit bull muzzle. In this case, the City of Malden.

The Malden pit bull muzzle law would require pit bulls in the city to wear a muzzle when outside in public.

The debate has particular resonance these days because of an attack on a 10-year-old boy last year, that led to a pit bull getting euthanized. That same dog had bitten another child three months earlier inside a home.

Dog Bite Tips: How To Prevent Your Dog From Biting

National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which occurs between May 15 and May 21, is now coming to a close, according to Huffpost Green. But with 78 million pet dogs in the country and more than 4.5 million people who have suffered from dog bites or animal attacks, it is still important for Boston pet owners and lovers to learn how to prevent a dog from biting and how to avoid getting bitten.

"People get bitten because they see a dog they don't know," said Davie Dickinson of the Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation in California. "They go up to it and they think the first thing you should do is put their hand out and let the dog sniff your hand."

What Should You Do After An Animal Attack In Boston?

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.

Dog Almost Euthanized for Animal Attack

This past August, Amy Barnett's Boston terrier attacked a woman in Acton and must now be restrained at all times  and kept away from visitors. The Beacon reported Henry, the terrier, has been subject to behavioral evaluation after selectmen considered whether the dog would have to undergo euthanasia to protect public safety after the animal attack.

Amy Barnett's boyfriend's parents, Brian and Lucille Donley, were dog-sitting Henry while the couple was away traveling. Swansea resident Linda Medeiros and her husband, Mike, came to visit the Donleys when Henry attacked Linda and bit her hands and feet. The victim was rushed to the hospital the day of the attack and readmitted a couple of days later to treat the infections from her wounds.

Dog Suffers Injuries from Pit Bull Attack

While walking her miniature poodle on the way to a friend's house, a pit bull attacked Stephanie Moran's 8-year-old dog Beau, causing serious injuries to her pet. reported that pit bull escaped and charged out of its owner's yard on Knowlton Avenue. The pit bull attack resulted in Beau getting bit on his stomach and shook around.

Stephanie Moran said her dog Beau suffered multiple puncture wounds, including a ripped abdomen and severely damaged intestines and colon. The miniature poodle had to go through four hours of surgery, and the medical costs for the operations and treatments are nearly $6,000. Moran said "that's not even close to the projected total" because her dog may have to undergo another surgery.

Dog Bites Can Cost You In Home Insurance

Dog bites can be serious; just ask a Boston personal injury lawyer.

Bloomberg reports that dog bites have cost U.S. home insurers about 6.4 percent more in 2009 than the previous year. The average dog bite claim is over $24,000 for the third year in a row. The injuries from dog bites cost around $412 million in 2009. In 2008, the cost was $387.2 million. The number of dog bite claims went up by 4.8 percent.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, dog bites comprise about a third of homeowners' insurance liability claims. The costs of dog bites have risen because of medical expenses to victims. Cindy Younkin, the city attorney for White Sulphur Springs, Montana, told Bloomberg: "Health-care costs have gone up. [I]nsurance provides some sort of coverage that would take care of the costs."

Owner Claudia Martin Wins A Judgment Over $8K Over Dog Injuries

The South Coast Today reports that a judge in Wareham District Court has awarded dog owner Claudia Martin with a judgment worth $8,804.62 over injuries that her dog sustained when it was attacked by a bull mastiff. The award amount includes damages, interest, and filing costs.

Claudia Martin filed the lawsuit against bull mastiff owner Donn. A Cordeira. Cordeira's dog attacked Martin's dog Sweetie two years ago. As a result of the attack, Martin claims that she has amassed a staggering $10,000 in vet bills. She said that while she is happy with the judgment, she tried to get Mr. Cordeira to settle with her. She said: "I tried to get him to make me some sort of an offer. He didn't want to do it." She did indicate that she was aware that he felt bad about what had happened.