The Dangers of Domestic Dog Bites 

Most people enjoy a friendly hello from a stranger’s dog. But when you’re greeted with a bite instead of a sniff, things can turn ugly fast. Some domesticated dogs have a bite force that exceeds 700 PSI. This brutal pressure can easily disfigure, break bones, and even kill victims. If you were bitten by a dog in a public place or while you were lawfully on an animal owner’s property, you have a right to be compensated for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.

We’ll Maximize Your Compensation 

Our experienced Boston personal injury attorneys can investigate the history of the dog involved in your attack and leverage local laws to maximize your recovery. Under one Massachusetts statute, dog owners may be liable for triple damages for the bite victim’s injuries. If the owner failed to properly restrain a dog that was already deemed dangerous, our attorneys can invoke this law to triple your compensation. Depending on the circumstances of your case, other local laws may have a large impact on your claim’s value. Contact our legal team today to find out how much your case is worth. 

What to Do if You’ve Been Attacked by a Dog 

If you’ve been bitten by a dog, there are steps you can take to protect your health and legal rights. Here’s what you should do: 

  1. Seek treatment to protect your health and the strength of your claim. No matter how minor the injury may seem, seek immediate medical attention and follow all after-care instructions from your doctor. Dogs’ mouths carry a large bacterial load and cause infections in up to 20% of bite victims. And the sooner you seek treatment, the easier it is to prove that the attack (and not some other event) directly caused the injuries you sustained. 
  1. Document the attack as soon as you’re able and preserve any evidence. Take photos of your injuries, damage to clothing, and the scene of the attack to help your claim. Hang on to any damaged clothing or personal items, and save all medical records, bills, and receipts from your dog bite treatment. These items may be considered evidence later on. 
  1. Get contact information from witnesses and the dog owner. If you’re able to do so safely, get the dog owner’s information and the dog’s vaccination status so that you know whether you may need rabies treatment. You should also try to obtain contact information from any witnesses who can provide statements about the incident later. Our attorneys will likely reach out to them to help build your case. 
  1. Report the attack to your local animal control agency or law enforcement. This will help prevent future attacks by the same animal, and the report may serve as crucial evidence in your case. 
  2. Contact a Keller Postman today. Our team can help you understand your legal rights and assess how much compensation you may be owed. We’ll ensure that you get a settlement that covers significant medical bills, lost wages, or other damages.  

Common Injuries Sustained from Dog Bites 

We’ll bring claims for any of the following common dog bite injuries, and more. Reach out to us for a free consultation today. 

  • Puncture Wounds 
  • Lacerations 
  • Abrasions 
  • Contusions (Bruises) 
  • Tissue and Muscle Damage 
  • Infection 
  • Nerve Damage 
  • Fractures 
  • Scarring and Disfigurement 
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 
  • Rabies and Other Infections 

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Our Team

Meet the attorneys leading the Personal Injury Practice.

Zina Bash
Senior Partner
Warren Postman
Managing Partner
Marquel Reddish Longtin
Partner & Chief Client Officer
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Associate
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FAQs

How much is my personal injury case worth?

The value of your case depends on several factors. How bad are your injuries? How much money have you spent on medical bills? And did you lose any wages because of the injury? Lastly, who is responsible for what happened? To better understand how much your case might be worth, you should talk to a lawyer. An attorney can look at all the details of your situation and give you an estimate. And don’t worry, the initial assessment won’t cost you anything.

Please collect any available medical records, police reports, and images of injuries or property damage and share them with us. Do not delete or destroy anything. Keep all your digital photos, emails, text messages, or social media messages, as it could impact your claim.

Yes, there are, and they are called Statutes of limitations or SOLs. SOLs set a time limit to file your claim. In Massachusetts, it is usually three years. If a deadline is approaching, respond promptly to our urgent requests to protect your claim.

We recommend keeping your social media posts private and discussing the case only with us and your spouse, if you’re married. Communications between you and Keller Postman LLC are protected by attorney-client privilege. That means our conversations are private and protected. But be careful when talking to other people about your case. Those conversations might be questioned, so be cautious.

We charge no fees unless we win your case, so you will owe nothing until we get you compensation. After that, we charge the standard 33% “contingency fee.” This means that if—and only if—we successfully resolve your case, 33% of your recovery will go to our firm for our services. If we cannot get you a favorable outcome, you will not have to pay us anything.

Keller Postman supports clients nationwide with attorneys in a dozen states, including in Boston, Massachusetts. If you have been injured and need a personal injury attorney in Massachusetts, reach out to Keller Postman today.

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