Dog Bites

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We are a nation of dog owners and our pets bring us joy, unconditional love and years of companionship. Unfortunately, about 1 in every 60 people is also seriously bitten by a dog each year in the United States.Nearly a million victims will seek medical attention and more than 30,000 will undergo reconstructive surgery as a result of dog bites this year. Young children are among the most frequent victims.

Massachusetts has one of the nation’s toughest dog bite laws, especially when it comes to the protection of children. In most cases, a dog owner is strictly liable for injuries sustained in a dog attack, except in cases where the victim was trespassing or abusing the dog. Children under 7 are presumed to have done nothing to warrant an attack.


It’s important to file a claim whenever you or a loved one is bitten by a dog. Bite injuries can result in significant complications, including infection, scarring and panic attacks. Other emotional issues involving trust are common, particularly in older adults or young children. Scarring and other physical and emotional issues can be complicated by growth and other factors.

Frequently, a serious dog bite is inflicted by a family pet or the beloved pet of a neighbor, family member or close friend. In such cases, we can work in as amicable a manner as possible to file a claim against a homeowner’s insurance policy.


If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, please contact the Law Offices of Dennis J. Ellis today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights.

  • 77 million dogs in the United States.
  • 39 percent of homes have at least one dog.
  • 4.5 million people are bitten each year.
  • 885,000 dog bite victims seek medical attention each year.
  • More than 30,000 undergo reconstructive surgery.

Contact The Law Offices of Dennis J. Ellis and Associates today for a free consultation. Your initial consultation is free of charge and you will pay no attorney’s fees unless we recover compensation for you.

Call us at 508-739-2000 to schedule your consultation today.

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