Were You Attacked By A Dog In Rhode Island?
An Accomplished Providence Attorney Is On Your Side
Dogs are known as “man’s best friend,” and indeed most dogs are loyal, dependable and safe. However, when dogs do bite or scratch people, serious injuries can follow. A bite from a large dog can break bones or leave cuts with deep, ragged edges that become easily infected. Permanent scarring and disfigurement are common, to say nothing of the emotional trauma of an animal attack.
If you’re confused and overwhelmed after you or your child was bitten by a dog, you need a dog bite lawyer you can talk to. Our founding attorney, Mark B. Morse, has been helping victims and their families for over three decades, and he would be honored to listen to your story.
Some of the injuries, both physical and mental, inflicted by dog bites include:
- Severe lacerations, including muscle and tissue damage
- Broken bones
- Disfiguring scars
- Emotional harm
- Neurological damage
Any serious injury inflicted by a dog can give rise to a personal injury claim against the owner or keeper of the animal.
Rhode Island Has Complex Dog Bite Laws. A Lawyer Can See You Through.
Rhode Island’s premises liability laws impose “strict liability” for anyone who keeps a dog outside an enclosure, not just the owner. But even with strict liability in play, no two cases are alike. The location of the attack, local leash laws and the nature of the injuries – both physical and emotional – each play a critical role in the outcome.
Unfortunately, children are often victims of dog bites because they may not know how to stay safe in the vicinity of a dog. Children are not held to the same legal standards as adults. Rather, it falls on the dog’s owner or keeper to make sure the animal does not harm a person. The Law Office of Mark B. Morse, LLC is committed to advocating for dog safety, frequently helping to educate pet owners on their rights and responsibilities at community seminars.
With a dog bite, the victim is entitled to seek compensation for medical expenses and lost income. We help quantify all of these losses, including future expenses for medical treatment, physical therapy, treatment for mental and emotional trauma and more. Often, the financial compensation recovered in a personal injury claim can pay for reconstructive surgery to reduce the scarring and disfigurement left by a dog bite.
If you or your child has been attacked by a dog, it’s critical that you contact an experienced and compassionate attorney right away, while witnesses’ memories are fresh and evidence is still intact. Call (401) 831-0555 today.