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Vaccinations may be needed after an animal bite

Massachusetts residents who have read or seen "Old Yeller" may be aware of the heartbreaking end that dogs may meet if they contract rabies. Rabies is a virus that can be spread from animals to humans that can have violent and devastating symptoms for those who contract it. Paralysis, pain and death are all possible outcomes for individuals who contract rabies and are not treated for their infections.

Are dog bite laws different for children than adults?

In Massachusetts, dog owners are strictly liable for the harm that their pets cause when those animals attack and bite. This means that the owners are responsible for the harm their animals cause even if they had no prior knowledge of their pets' dangerous propensities. There are exceptions to this general rule, however, if, for example, a court finds that the bite victim provoked or antagonized the animal into action.

Filing a civil action following a dog bite

Owning a pet is a fairly common practice across the nation. Domesticated animals, such as a dog or a cat, are not only viewed as a pet or a companion. To some, a pet is like a family member. No matter what a pet means to an individual, however, the reality is that a pet owner is responsible for their pet. This goes beyond providing the animal adequate care. It means being responsible for one's pet, whether that means paying for damage the pet causes to the property of others or when a pet bites or attacks another.

When negligent pet owners blame victims for their pets' attacks

A responsible pet owner is generally a person who understands and meets the needs of their animal, trains their pet to act appropriately when around others, and who uses appropriate control devices, such as leashes, fences and collars, to ensure that their pets cannot annoy or harm others whether they are in their homes or out in public. Incidents happen, though, where Worcester residents come into contact with domestic animals that are not properly under the control of their owners. When animals attack, it is often the fault of their owner for allowing the incident occur.

Seek legal counsel after suffering an animal bite injury

A pet can deeply enrich a Massachusetts resident's life. The ever-present wagging of a dog's tail and the gentle rubbing up of a cat against a person's legs can put a smile on a person's face even after they have had to endure a long, grueling day. Domestic animals can be found in many Worcester homes and yards. Thankfully, most people's family pets are generally well-behaved.

Child suffers snake bite at outdoor expo

An unusual incident recently occurred that has made national news and may have come to the attention of Massachusetts animal lovers. During a fishing and outdoor expo, a young girl was bitten by a large snake. The 17 foot python was at the expo and at this time it is unclear of which vendor brought it or which exhibit included it in its display.

What damages may I seek after an animal attack?

Although many of the animals that Worchester residents maintain as pets are harmless, loving creatures, some harbor latent dangers that their owners may not even be aware of. Dog bites and attacks are unfortunately common, and when they occur, they can leave victims with serious injuries, significant expenses and even lost income.

Can I get sick from a dog bite?

Dogs are great companions to many Massachusetts residents and enrich their owners' lives through love and companionship. However, it is not uncommon for dogs and humans to have aggressive and sometimes even dangerous interactions. When dogs bite ,the consequences can be medically and emotionally significant.

Strict liability applies in dog bite incidents

People like to say that a dog is a man's best friend and for many Massachusetts residents canine companions make their lives better. Wet noses and warm fur are only a few of the traits that draw individuals to dogs as pets. Additionally, some people feel safer knowing that dogs are on guard in their homes and are listening for possible threats.

Massachusetts boy suffers fatal dog bites in horrific attack

Sometimes, when humans and animals collide, it isn't the cozy cat and puppy videos we love to watch on social media. Sometimes animals can be very dangerous, and it can be difficult to discern when this could happen. It can be especially difficult for a child to know the difference between a docile family pet and a dangerous animal. Such an incident of animal violence occurred and resulted in a shocking death of a Massachusetts boy.

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