Pierce & Mandell, P.C.

11 Beacon Street, Suite 800
Boston, Massachusetts 02108-3002

Phone: (617) 720-2444
Fax: (617) 720-3693

Facebook Twitter

Insurance Defense and Litigation

Understanding the Dog Bite Law in Massachusetts

Monday, January 21, 2013
By: Dennis Lindgren

Massachusetts has one of the most expansive dog bit laws for the protection of victims, especially young children, in the United States.  General Laws of Massachusetts, Chapter 140, Section 155 establishes Massachusetts as a "strict liability state," which means that a bite victim is not required to prove fault or liability on the part of the dog’s owner.  

According to the statute, a claimant need only establish that he or she was bitten by a dog in order to recover compensatory damages, and a dog owner is strictly liable for dog bites unless the victim was trespassing, teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog, or committing some other abuse.  There is a rebuttable presumption that a child under the age of seven did none of these antagonistic acts that could potentially relieve an owner from strict liability.

Massachusetts dog bite victims may also have other grounds to pursue claims against a dog’s owner or keeper.  If you have been bitten by a dog, you are most likely entitled to compensation for your injuries.  The personal injury attorneys at Pierce and Mandell, P.C. would be happy to speak with you regarding your claim and answer any questions.  

Dennis M. Lindgren named "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers 2012

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Pierce & Mandell, P.C. congratulates our newest partner, Dennis M. Lindgren, on being named a "Rising Star," in the practice of Plaintiff's Personal Injury law by Super Lawyers 2012, a joint publication of Boston Magazine and Reuters.

Rising Stars are those attorneys under the age of 40 who have been nominated by peers for excellence in their chosen practice area.  Candidates are then evaluated utilizing twelve indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.  

No more than 3% of eligible lawyers in Massachusetts are named to the Rising Star list each year.  We are proud that Dennis has been inducted into this elite group for the second straight year.

For assistance with your potential personal injury claims, contact Pierce & Mandell, P.C. or Dennis M. Lindgren.

Recent Posts