The Law Offices of Todd D. Beauregard, P.C. is a personal injury lawyer in Lowell Massachusetts and Nashua New Hampshire. Attorney Beauregard help you understand the issues related to dog bite and or animal injury laws. By applying your unique facts to the statutory and judge made law we can help injured clients make informed decisions. This process requires trained professionals, skilled to work with insurance adjusters, opposing parties and opposing attorneys so the client can decide on early settlement or place the matter into suit. Todd D. Beauregard has settled lawsuits in both Massachusetts and NH courts.
Dog Bite FAQ’s
A dog bit me, do I have a claim?
Depending on the circumstances, you may well have a claim entitling you to be compensated for your personal injury.
What is a leash law?
Each town or municipality may have its own version of the following Cambridge, MA example: No person owning or keeping a dog shall permit it to be at large other than on his own premises; if it be on the premises of another person, it shall be with the knowledge and permission of such other person.
What is strict liability?
It is a legal theory that makes a person legally responsible for the damage and loss caused by his or her acts and omissions regardless of culpability (fault). In Massachusetts, Chapter 140 § 155: If any dog shall do any damage to either the body or property of any person, the owner or keeper, or if the owner or keeper be a minor, the parent or guardian of such minor, shall be liable for such damage.
What types of dogs are most likely to have dangerous propensities?
In a recent ruling by the Massachusetts Appeals Court, in the case of Nutt v. Florio, holds that where dog bite cases involve pit bull terriers, plaintiffs will no longer have to first demonstrate that the attacking dog had a “vicious propensity,” or that it had previously attacked others, before being allowed to argue the case before a jury.
What if the dog was not a pit bull terrier?
Liability may still be shown by proof of: 1) previous attacks on other victims where its owner failed to inform, warn or protect, and 2) the dog’s prior behavior includes that of a known propensity to be vicious.
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