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Dog Bite Accidents

Mazow | McCullough, PC locates insurance coverage and obtains a settlement in Dog Attack case

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She was only a few hundred feet from her front porch.  She had passed by the dog owner’s property on a daily basis.  It was common for the four large German Shepherds in the defendant’s house to bark aggressively and press their faces up to the windows as she passed on her way home. The barking was so fierce that she would occasionally be startled by it- even though she had come to anticipate the sound. She reassured herself that she was safe because the dogs were in the house, locked behind the front door. On this particular day as she walked home from the store with two small bags of groceries, she expected the barking, but not what happened next.

She heard the animals barking as she approached the property. Instinctively she looked to see that the door was locked, keeping the animals inside the home. To her horror this time she noticed that the door to the house was open and only a thin, aluminum screen door separated her from the barking German Shepherds. She put her head down and focused on getting home. As she passed the barking suddenly stopped, and the street got momentarily quiet.  It was then she heard the sound of the screen door opening. The anxiety and feeling of terror for those few seconds still haunts her. In an instant, the dogs were upon her, attacking her, tearing at her clothes and her skin and her legs, trying to literally rip her apart.

The defendant’s dogs escaped and attacked her that afternoon. The memories of the day are blurred visions of feeling as if she was being eaten alive and desperately fighting to safe herself. Despite the viciousness of the attack and the fact that the dogs repeatedly bit and pounced on her, she fought for her life. Somehow she managed to not fall down to the ground. That fact alone almost undoubtedly saved her. She continuously put her hands and arms up to protect her head and face sacrificing the rest of her body to the animals.

Several neighbors rushed to help beat the dogs off of her.

The insurance company for the defendant initially denied the claim and refused to provide coverage.  Mazow | McCullough, PC filed a lawsuit at the court and fought to obtain the insurance coverage for the client.  The insurance company then disputed the damages suffered by the client by arguing that “she had only suffered about $7,000.00 in medical expenses”.  Mazow | McCullough, PC continued to fight for the client and obtained a settlement of $250,000.00 for the client.

Due to a confidentiality agreement within the terms of the settlement the actual names of the parties are not mentioned.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite or dog attack, or if you have any questions, contact the personal injury lawyers at Mazow | McCullough, PC for a free consultation. The right lawyer can make all the difference. You can contact us at 978-744-8000 or kjm@helpinginjured.com.

Dog Attacks A Second Time

A Mansfield dog, already sentenced to death for mauling a 6 year old boy, bit a 16 year old girl this weekend. Following the boards’ decision to euthanize the dog, it was allowed to go home with its owners for a period of 10 days, allowing the family time to appeal the decision. It was during this time that the dog attacked for a second time. Following the second incident, the owners released the dog to Mansfield officials, who reported the dog will be euthanized this week.   

The girl’s condition is unknown at this time, but she was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital following the incident. The 6 year old that was attacked by the dog, however, underwent surgery, needing more than 400 stiches to repair injuries to his face and body. According to a Mansfield animal control officer, the dogs bites were “excessive” and recommended the dog be euthanized.

At the Law Office of Mazow|McCullough, P.C. we will aggressively pursue the owner(s) of the dog in question in order to hold them accountable, whether through mediation and arbitration, or by means of a jury trial. The injuries from a dog bite or dog attack can be serious, including permanent scarring, rabies, nerve damage, infection and more. The Right Lawyer Makes All The Difference.

What’s the #1 misconception people have about dog bite injuries?

The number one misconception in the state of Massachusetts involving dog bite attacks is who’s going to pay the claim. Who’s going to compensate you for your injuries? And often times there is no insurance coverage available. Either the specific owner did not involve the insurance company or fill out the documents on their insurance application involving the dog or notifying the insurance company that they owned a dog. That may allow the insurance company to deny the claim. At the end of the day you may be left pursuing the owner of the dog personally to compensate you for your injuries.

Contact a Dog Bite Lawyer in MA

My name is Kevin McCullough with the Law Offices of Mazow & McCullough. If you’ve been injured, you need legal assistance, you have questions. You deserve answers to those questions and you deserve the best. Call our offices.

If I have been hurt by a dog, but not bitten, do I still have a case?

In the state of Massachusetts, dog owners and dog keepers are responsible for their dogs. There is case law in Massachusetts in that if you’re not actually attacked or bitten by a dog, but you’re injured because of a dog, you may still have a claim. For example, if a dog gets away from its owner or its keeper and it jumps on top of you or knocks you to the ground and you suffer injuries because of that, you have a potential claim or a potential cause of action for your injuries.

Contact a Dog Bite Lawyer in Salem, Massachusetts

My name is Kevin McCullough with the Law Offices of Mazow & McCullough. If you’ve been injured, you need legal assistance, you have questions. You deserve answers to those questions and you deserve the best. Call our offices.

What do I have to prove in order to have a dog bite case?

In order to bring a case against a dog owner or somebody who is in control of a dog for that dog biting or attacking you, you have to prove only that you have been injured by that dog. In Massachusetts we have a strict liability standard. If that dog bites you, you can bring a claim unless you have teased or tormented that dog.

Contact a Dog Bite Lawyer in MA

My name is Robert Mazow.  I am a partner at Mazow McCullough.  If you have been hurt or a family member has been hurt as a result of someone else’s negligence, call us.  The right lawyer makes all the difference.

Who’s at fault in a dog bite attack?

There are two potential parties that are at fault in a dog bite case. The first is the owner of the dog, and the second is the person that is in control of the dog at the time of the dog bite attack. The person that is in control of the dog could be somebody that is walking the dog for monetary or nonmonetary purpose. Both those parties, the owner and the person that is in control of the dog, are potently responsible for that dog’s bite.

Contact a Boston Dog Bite Lawyer

My name is Robert Mazow. I am a partner at Mazow McCullough. If you have been hurt or a family member has been hurt as a result of someone else’s negligence, call us.  The right lawyer makes all the difference.

The Right Dog Bite Lawyer

At Mazow McCullough we have significant experience helping people get through the traumatic event of being bitten by a dog. From the moment that they walk into the office we make sure that they get the appropriate medical treatment necessary to get them through this case. If they need a plastic surgeon we make sure that they go to the best plastic surgeon. If they are suffering from emotional distress, we make sure they go to the best therapist. We make sure that the police are involved to make sure that this dog does not bite again. We make sure that if there is any insurance involved that the right insurance company is on notice because if you come to our office and you have been bitten by a dog we make sure that you get the very best result.

Contact a Dog Bite Lawyer

My name is Robert Mazow. I am a partner at Mazow McCullough. If you have been hurt or a family member has been hurt as a result of someone else’s negligence call us. The right lawyer makes all the difference.

Dog Bite Damages

When someone suffers an injury due to a dog bite incident, whether it’s a child or an adult there are several different components to that injury. There are the medical bills that are incurred.  There are the physical wounds or scars that are incurred. There are also the emotional scars or trauma; especially with children there is a emotional element to the claim involving nightmares. A fear of dogs, a fear of being around dogs and those are compensable injuries in a dog bite injury claim.
My name is Kevin McCullough with the law offices Mazow and McCullough.  If you have been injured, you need legal assistance you have questions you deserve answer to those questions and you deserve the best call our offices.

Is there a statute of limitations on dog bite claims?

The statute of limitations on dog bite claims is three years from the date that the dog bites you.  Like any other negligence statute in Massachusetts you have three years from the date that dog bites you or causes you injury to make a claim.  As a child, however, you  have three years from the date you turn 18 to make that claim.

Contact a Massachusetts Dog Bite Lawyer

My name is Robert Mazow.  I’m a partner of Mazow and McCullough.  If you’ve been hurt, or a family member’s been hurt, as a result of somebody else’s negligence, call us.  The right lawyer makes all the difference.

What’s the #1 Misconception People Have About Dog Bite Injuries?

In Massachusetts the number one misconception that people have about dog bite injuries is that a dog gets one free bite before you can make a claim.  That is not true in Massachusetts, well it may be true in other states we are a strict liability state here.  If that dog bites you it only has one bite at which time you are entitled to make a claim against the dog owner or the dog controller for the pain and suffering from the bite.

Contact a Massachusetts Dog Bite Lawyer

My name is Robert Mazow, I’m a partner of Mazow and McCullough.  If you have been hurt or a family member has been hurt as a result of somebody else’s negligence, call us, the right lawyer makes all the difference.

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