Animal Bites

Massachusetts Animal Attack Attorneys

Bites from animals thought to be docile family pets are frightening, especially when the victim is a child. Young people bitten by dogs, cats and more exotic pets can experience serious psychological damage long after the bites have healed. Moreover, children bitten by dogs are more likely to suffer bites to the face and head than adults because they are often the same height as the dog.

Of course, children are not the only persons who experience animal attacks. Pedestrians, joggers and service industry workers are all vulnerable. Our Cambridge law firm, Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry, represents victims young and old. We advocate for compensation, evaluating insurance coverage and consulting with medical and other experts to build strong cases. We work closely with our clients to learn the full effect of an attack on their lives.

Dog bite cases can be more complicated than they might appear at first glance. Leash laws in the Commonwealth vary from town to town. Liability factors for consideration usually include whether the dog or other animal has a history of attacks and whether the animal was in some way provoked. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry can determine these and other important legal issues in an premises liability case.

Examples of Our Cases

We handle dog bite and animal attack matters that involve:

  • Licensed pets off-leash on neighboring streets or private property
  • Unlicensed pets
  • Attacks in the home of the pet owner
  • Attacks in the yard of the pet owner

While dogs and cats are the most frequent cause of animal bites, cases can also involve more unusual pets such as big cats, poisonous reptiles, birds, ferrets, weasels, and rats. Owners of any type of pet, whether conventional or exotic, are required to exercise proper care when the animal encounters others, whether at home or outside the house. When they do not, and the animal bites another person, the owner may be held liable.

Contact Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry to schedule a free initial consultation with our Boston animal bite attorneys. Call 617-494-1920. We take these cases on a contingency basis, charging no fee until we recover damages on your behalf.