In Providence and Throughout Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts
If you or your child has suffered a dog bite, it is important that you understand your rights. In both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, the law provides for dog bite victims to receive financial compensation for their medical expenses and related trauma and losses.
In most cases, this compensation is obtained by filing a claim under the dog owner's insurance policy. It does not come out of the dog owner's pocket.
Do not feel bad if the dog owner is one of your neighbors, friends or relatives. They have insurance for a reason. They pay for their insurance policies because things happen. It is OK to make a claim.
Although dog bite liability is typically covered by insurance policies, it is not easy for victims to get full and fair compensation. At Mesolella & Associates LLC in Providence, we help dog bite injury victims receive the compensation they need to get the best possible medical treatment and move on with their recovery.
Let us deal with the insurance companies so that you can focus on getting better.
We handle dog bite cases on contingency. We will not charge any legal fees unless we win your case.
Rhode Island Dog Bite Law
If you are bitten by a dog in Rhode Island while it is outside of its yard or enclosed area, the dog owner is strictly liable. If the animal attack occurs within the dog's yard or enclosed area, you may have to prove the owner was aware that the dog was dangerous or aggressive. This can usually be proven by evidence of past attacks. This is referred to as the "one-bite rule."
Massachusetts Dog Bite Law
In Massachusetts, dog owners are always strictly liable for dog attacks. Victims are not required to prove any history of aggression. However, strict liability does not apply in cases involving trespassing or when the victim was tormenting or abusing the dog, resulting in the attack.
Schedule A Consultation. No Legal Fees Unless We Win.
We are dedicated to providing dog bite injury victims the support they need. Call (401) 400-3770 or schedule a free consultation online with our lawyers. Initial consultations are obligation-free, meaning that our attorneys will simply listen to your concerns and tell you about your options. You will not be required to file a dog bite lawsuit.
We are available to visit with you in our office in downtown Providence, which has off-street parking. We can also meet with you in the hospital, at your home or another location.