Vermont Dog Bites And Animal Attacks

Individuals need to be held accountable for the actions of their animals. Many responsible pet owners take steps to ensure their animals do not endanger the safety of those around them. However, when an individual fails to control his or her dog or other animals, the consequences can have a devastating impact. Victims of dog bites or other animal attacks may suffer from scars, disfigurement, infections, mental distress and months, if not years, of recovery. An experienced attorney can investigate the facts behind any dog or animal attack and identify the responsible parties. This often involves seeking compensation under homeowners' or renters' policies.

Vermont Dog Bites

Vermont dog owners have a duty to keep their dogs under control. A Vermont dog owner can be held liable for injuries caused by his or her dog when he or she is negligent in his or her handling or ownership of the dog. Vermont is sometimes referred to as a "one bite" state because, as a general matter, a dog's owner will only be liable when he or she knew or should have known that the dog was dangerous or had a tendency toward dangerous behavior.

If you are attacked by a dog, it is important that you report the bite to the local police or animal control officer. This is important to ensure that the dog is up-to-date on vaccinations and there is an official record/investigation of the attack and the dog's aggressive behavior. In addition, you should be sure to collect the name and address of the dog's owner, the name of the dog, a description of the dog and the location of the attack. You should take photographs of your injury and any scarring resulting from the attack.

An experienced Vermont dog bite attorney can make sure to discover and investigate the background of the dog and its owner and work to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve following a dog attack.

Defenses To Dog Bite Attacks And Other Animal Attacks

In limited circumstances, dog owners may not be responsible for an attack by their dogs. This is true in instances where an individual has provoked a dog to attack. Provocation includes, but is not necessarily limited to: hitting, poking or yelling at a dog or taunting a dog. An experienced Vermont dog bite attorney can review your case to determine what, if any, possible defenses you should be aware of in pursuing your claim against a dog owner.

Other Animal Attacks

While a majority of domesticated animal attacks are by dogs, attacks by other animals can also carry severe consequences. Individuals injured by snake attacks, cat attacks, horse attacks, livestock attacks or any other animal attacks also deserve compensation for the personal injuries they receive from such an attack. If the animal's owner is negligent in his or her handling or ownership of the animal, you may be entitled to compensation for the personal injuries you received. An experienced animal attack attorney can review the applicable regulations or statutes governing the ownership of a particular animal and advise you on your rights accordingly.

The attorneys at Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, are experienced in dog bites and animal attacks in Massachusetts and Vermont. We have handled an extensive variety of dog bite and animal attack cases, ranging from minor injuries to permanent facial disfigurement. If you have been attacked by a dog or another animal, please call us to discuss your rights.

Contact Our Southern Vermont Dog Bite/Animal Attack Lawyers

If you or a family member has been injured in a dog attack or another animal attack, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, physical pain and suffering, and any disability or disfigurement resulting from the attack. Contact one of our offices in Western Massachusetts or Southern Vermont to schedule an appointment with an attorney. You can reach us at 413-346-5305 in Massachusetts or 802-681-4729 in Vermont. You can also reach us toll free at 800-365-9913 or via email. There is no fee for your initial consultation.

All dog bite/animal attack cases are handled on a contingent fee basis — you will not have to pay any attorneys' fees unless we win compensation in your case.