Illinois Teen Awarded Over $1 Million in Damages After Dog Bite, Largest Award in State History.

The Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates is an expert group of Massachusetts injury lawyer specialists with over 25 years of experience. Our lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in personal injury damages. Our number one priority is to make sure that our clients are fairly compensated for their injuries. Have you or a family member been injured by a dog bite? If so, our Boston dog bite attorneys will make sure that you receive the money damages that you justly deserve. Please call 617-787-3700, 24/7, or email us at today for your free and confidential consultation.

Dogs are commonly referred to as “man’s best friend”, and for good and legitimate reasons. A dog can be a loved part of any family, and often form long lasting personal relationships with their owners. But, dogs are still fundamentally animals. As animals, they still have primal instincts and animal responses, including occasionally violent ones, sometimes resulting in bites and personal injury. An otherwise loving companion still retains the capacity to cause significant harm and injury at a moments notice.

One day, 15 year-old Jordyn Bankston was out with a group of friends. While the teens were walking around the neighborhood, a 120-pound Bullmastiff came charging at them after it broke through its chain link fence. The dog grabbed onto Bankston’s arm and refused to let go. Neighbors and friends tried to deter the dog, but the attack lasted for nearly ten minutes. Bankston’s arm, thigh, and torso were bitten and ripped apart. The boy was rushed to the hospital, and required multiple additional trips to the hospital and plastic surgery.

The dog’s owner’s homeowner’s insurance covered the attack, and Bankston was awarded $1.1 million for his injuries and expenses. The personal injury firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. represented the victim.

In Massachusetts, so long as the injured party was not trespassing, teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog, the owner is strictly liable for all damages. This means that all one has to prove to a court to recover is that they sustained injuries and that the other party was, in fact, the dog’s owner or keeper. Generally, dog bites are covered by the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy; however, if the dog owner does not have insurance, or their policy does not cover injuries caused by dogs, then the only remedy is to file a lawsuit against the owner of the dog.

If you sustained injuries from a dog bite, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for all of your injuries. Please call us 24/7 at 617-787-3700 or email us at for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!

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