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d'Oliveira & Associates Help New Bedford Woman Receive $95,000 in Damages for Dog Bite Injury Case #:NB-11736
Date:12/16/2012

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Although normally overshadowed by the popularity of owning a dog as a pet, the threat and risk of dog bites remains a significant one. Typically, 5 million Americans will be bitten by a dog in a given year and approximately 885,000 require medical attention, nearly 400,000 of which result in serious injuries. Put differently, over 1,000 people are seriously injured by a dog bite or attack in the United States daily.

Interestingly, in cases where the victim is seeking damages from the owner of the dog for the bite or attack, there is a system of strict liability. Under the system, so long as the dog is outside its enclosure and it bites or injures someone, then the owner is liable for the injuries. As a result of this, many homeowner liability policies will cover dog bites. However, according to a study by the Insurance Information Institute that reported that insurance companies lost $479 million in 2011 solely for dog bite claim payouts, many companies are considering abandoning or modifying their plans to make a separate, special canine liability insurance.

d’Oliveira & Associates is a Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts law firm that focuses on personal injury and disability cases, including auto accidents, slip and falls, dog bites as well as other types of negligence cases. They also handle social security disability cases. The firm also works with some of the leading attorneys in
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