A child walking a dog is pulled into your yard trying to reach your dogs behind a fence - who is responsible for her injuries?

Am I legally responsible to pay for this child's injuries when she was walking her own dog - who she didn't have control of, dragging her 25 feet into my yard towards my dogs behind a secured fence. The child is in atleast 7th grade and the dog isn't that big, but she had the wrong type of collar on the dog,

Holliston, MA -

Attorney Answers (6)

Dennis M. Lindgren

Dennis M. Lindgren

Personal Injury Lawyer - Boston, MA
Answered

There are too many unknowns to answer your question definitively. For example, was there some obstacle or hazard that the child tripped on and was injured? Based upon the scenario you lay out however, I think a Plaintiff's lawyer would have a difficult job making a case against you. I would report the incident to your home owner's insurance carrier. If the child's parents make a claim against you, the insurer will provide you a defense (i.e. attorney) and most likely indemnification if necessary (i.e. they will pay for plaintiff's damages). Good luck.

Kenneth P Doherty

Kenneth P Doherty

Family Law Attorney - Lawrence, MA
Answered

You may be responsible because your "secured fence" doesn't seem so secure if a dog can enter your yard while dragging a 7th grade girl.

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Jeffrey Mark Adams

Jeffrey Mark Adams

Personal Injury Lawyer - Bronx, NY
Answered

Sorry, not quite sure what occurred. Report this to your homeowner's carrier asap. Better safe than sorry.

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Christian K. Lassen II

Christian K. Lassen II

Personal Injury Lawyer - Philadelphia, PA
Answered

It's unclear from the facts as posted what happened. Report it to your homeowners insurance company to resolve.

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Lars A. Lundeen

Lars A. Lundeen

Personal Injury Lawyer - Rutland, VT
Answered

You do not tell us what happened. Did your dogs cause her an injury? You have not given us enough facts to understand the problem. Report any incident to your homeowners or renters insurance carrier and cooperate with their investigation.

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Henry Lebensbaum

Henry Lebensbaum

Criminal Defense Attorney - Andover, MA
Answered

I believe u are not liable. However contact ur home insurance.


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