Articles Tagged with Dog Bite

download-5-2According to a Study by the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than half of all Massachusetts residents own a pet. Moreover, 1 in 4 Massachusetts households keep a dog as the family pet. A study conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Injury Surveillance Program reveals that there are an estimated 6,300 dog bite injuries reported in Massachusetts that require medical attention every year.

Massachusetts Dog Bite Law

According to MGL c. 140, s. 155 dog bites are strict liability offenses in Massachusetts.  Strict liability is a legal concept which means that someone is liable for an injury to another regardless of whether they were negligent or not.  This basically means that if your dog bites another person and the other person is injured then you are responsible even if you exercised reasonable care to avoid the bite from occurring.

Grammer v. Lucking, a case from the Supreme Court of Nebraska, deals with an injury alleged to have been caused in the course of a dog attack. However, this was not a typical dog bite case in the traditional sense of the term.

261575_the_dog_of_my_brother_2In their complaint, plaintiffs, husband and wife, were walking one day when they found themselves in close proximity to the defendant’s home. When they got to the defendant’s home, they saw that they there were two dogs in the yard. One of the of the dogs was on some type of chain, and the other dog was not on any kind of chain or restraint. There was no fence surrounding defendant’s yard. Continue reading