Dogs are very popular pets, and most are well-behaved with caring owners. Often people walk their dogs responsibly on a leash and keep their dogs from roaming freely off their property. Unfortunately, dogs can become possessive of their “territory,” becoming aggressive and biting innocent bystanders.

Attorney Shute’s office is located on Front Street in Chicopee Center a short distance from City Hall. Chicopee is made up of five villages: Aldenville, Chicopee Center (Cabotville), Chicopee Falls, Fairview and Willimansett. Szot Park is a popular destination and in neighboring Holyoke a popular place for dog owners is the Wyatt Harper Dog Park on Community Field Road. 

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Attorney Shute offers a free consultation for us to discuss the particulars of what you experienced and how the law applies to your injury. Attorney Shute will answer your questions and formulate a case specific strategy to maximize the compensation you receive. 

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Restraint of Dogs
2020 Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 140, Section 174B states that the owner or keeper of the dog shall restrain the dog with a chain or leash when in an officially designated public highway rest area. Section 173 states that a city or town may make additional ordinances or by-laws relative to the licensing and control of animals. 

Municipal Leash Laws
Massachusetts municipalities determine the leash length and where a dog must be leashed. These by-laws do not override the strict liability provision of the Massachusetts Dog Bite Statute. 

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Ronnie C.
Ronnie C.
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My heart is full of gratitude to have had Attorney Robert Shute represent my son when he was injured in a auto accident. Attorney Shute’s kind, reassuring voice was the calm in the storm. He stood by my son while he was recovering and answered every question we had, and I had many!  If you or your family or friends every need a lawyer, with years of experience, who knows just what to do, call Attorney Robert Shute. He’s the Real thing, not a T.V. actor lawyer. I feel truly Blessed to have had him by our side.
D. Boone, Springfield
D. Boone, Springfield
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Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value I highly recommend Attorney Robert W. Shute as a personal injury attorney. I was injured in an auto accident several years ago and Attorney Shute provided me with high-quality legal representation to ultimately reach a favorable settlement. I was so satisfied with Attorney Shute's professionalism and timely communication that I recommended him to my family members and friends when they needed a personal injury attorney; they too were very satisfied with his legal services. Additionally, Attorney Shute has been an invaluable resource and mentor, sharing his vast law knowledge and experience with me in my practice of law as well.
Phillip G. 
Phillip G. 
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If there was ever a person that you would want to represent you it is by far your best decision to use Attorney Bob Shute. My accident happened several years ago and Bob Shute never gave up and worked so hard for my best interest! He would explain everything in detail and would translate everything in layman’s terms so I would understood everything that was happening so that I was able to make the best decisions. He never gave up and fought hard for me! I would always recommend Attorney Shute for anything you needed!
Z. O-I.
Z. O-I.
Customer
Read More
I would highly recommend The Injury Office of Robert Shute to anyone in need of legal services. He is not only Honest, Reliable and caring, but his office is always professional, responsive, knowledgeable and resourceful. He explains the process entirely and does all he can to ensure a great outcome for all his clients. Attorney Robert Shute is will always be my first choice, if I need it again.
Charlotte
Charlotte
Customer
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He was an amazing lawyer to work with and was always updating me whenever he got news with my settlement after getting hit by another car last year. He is excellent at explaining everything and gave great advice. Highly would recommend him to anyone.
Joe V
Joe V
Customer
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I had a great experience with Attorney Shute. He spent time to understand my situation, worked hard to develop the case and was persistent in pushing it through the process and in the end he got me a very good settlement. He is very knowledgeable and easy to interact with too. Hiring him was a good investment and I definitely would use him again.
Z. Coleman
Z. Coleman
Customer
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Attorney Shute is a great Lawyer! He represented me very well for the injury I got and he had my back the entire time. I highly recommend him!
Kathy V
Kathy V
Customer
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Attorney Shute does an outstanding job. I can't say enough good things about him and his work. Through the entire process, he was very patient and professional and kept us informed of his progress. He always took the time to be sure we clearly understood our options and he secured a great and fair settlement in a very timely manner. He was really wonderful to work with during a very stressful time. I very highly recommend Attorney Shute!
A.B., Springfield
A.B., Springfield
Customer
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Attorney Shute is an exceptional lawyer who practices law with honesty and genuine integrity to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients. He has a friendly staff and he is always available to answer questions about your case and explains every possible scenario so that as a client you are aware of all of your options and you remain well informed about the status of your case. My family and I have utilized his services on more than one occasion and his results have proven to be fair and reasonable. I would definitely recommend his services to others.
Jeannine M.
Jeannine M.
Customer
Read More
I was hit by a hit and run vehicle as pedestrian. I went through the motions as instructed by the proper people. Hiring an attorney was not something I had realized I needed to do. After being in the Dr's office overwhelmed by the paperwork and pain someone said, your Attorney will do that for you. So I went on a hunt. If you are looking for an Attorney who you can actually talk to on the phone, Attorney Shute is your guy. He was always very professional and he explained everything in a way I always understood. He is patient, a good listener and aware of my injuries making me comfortable. I don't hesitate to tell people he's a great choice. And oh yes, we won my case.
E.C., Greenfield
E.C., Greenfield
Customer
Read More
Attorney Shute helped me through a difficult legal process after I was injured in an auto accident. Although the case was complex, he carefully, methodically and patiently advised me over all the hurdles that were placed in our path. Even the smallest accidents can be traumatic and legal nightmares. Attorney Shute traveled to my home to meet with me while I was injured and so traumatized I was unable to drive. He is smart, capable, and accessible. I recommend him very highly to anyone in need of expert personal injury advice.
R. Sears,
R. Sears,
Customer
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Robert did a fantastic job with my case. I can’t express that enough! Absolutely on point and very helpful!!! I recommend him to everyone!
J. Price
J. Price
Customer
Read More
I was dealing with a tough situation and needed legal guidance. Attourney Shute not only helped me through the process, he helped give me a better understanding of how the legal process works when dealing with various aspects of legal formalities. He is always punctual and pleasant as well and did a wonderful job of keep me in the loop of happenings and explaining aspects that I was not clear about throughout my experience. He made me feel more comfortable and confident with his legal guidance. I would recommend Attourney Shute to anyone in need of legal guidance or assistance and will guarantee you will be very satisfied with all the services and legal expertise he provides. Definately will be my go to Attorney on any legal matters
Loren D.
Loren D.
Customer
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Attorney Shute was thorough, professional, and knowledgeable with our case. We highly recommend him!
S. Torres
S. Torres
Customer
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I would like to thank Mr shute for all his help he went above and beyond for me yoou are the best I have could not have done this without you thanks to you I have a future again and I have no worries and God bless and thank you for everything you are the best I appreciate everything you've done for me and for my family thank you thank you thank you
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What should you do if you are attacked or bitten by a dog?

You should seek medical attention from a doctor, emergency department or urgent care facility. You should take photos of your injury and wounds. You should also get the name and address of the dog owner, the person who was taking care of the dog when you were attacked or bitten and the names of any witnesses. Dog bites are serious and often the victim of a dog attack requires treatment for the bite wound or, if knocked to the ground, treatment for the injuries from the fall. The victim of a dog bite can be left dealing with nerve damage and emotional and physical scars which merit fair compensation. 

What is the Massachusetts dog bite / dog attack law?

Massachusetts law is “strict liability” which means that if the victim of a dog bite or attack was not provoking the dog by teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog or if the victim was not trespassing, then the owner or keeper of the dog is liable. The owner cannot claim that he or she did not know that the dog would bite or attack. Contrary to popular opinion, there is no “one bite” exception. 

Why choose Attorney Shute to represent you?

Attorney Shute has years of experience practicing as a personal injury lawyer in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. He is knowledgeable and knows the complex issues involved in evaluating dog bite claims and obtaining compensation for your pain and suffering and for payment of medical bills. The legal determination of who is responsible as a “keeper” of the dog can become a complex matter requiring legal expertise. Attorney Shute represents only injury victims, never the perpetrators so you know he’s on your side.

Chicopee

333 Front St., Suite 4,
Chicopee, Massachusetts
Phone: (413) 592-0999

Tenant Insurance and Landlords’ Responsibility

For landlords who allow tenants / renters to have dogs as pets, the landlords should require tenants to have renter’s insurance. Landlords should make sure that the Tenant’s insurance coverage does not exclude coverage for the breed of the Tenant’s dog. If a Landlord knows the dog had bitten someone previously or was dangerous and did not have the dog removed, or if the landlord cared for or had control over the dog, then the landlord could be liable as well as the owner. Owners of dogs should have significant insurance coverage and purchase an additional “umbrella policy” for the serious harm that their dogs can inflict.
Injuries from dogs can be very severe and often happen without warning, giving the victim no opportunity to avoid the attack. Puncture wounds, infection, scarring, nerve damage, fear of dogs and anxiety all are common results. What happens in a split second can have lifelong effects and you should be compensated. 

Statute of Limitations

In Massachusetts, liability cases have a statute of limitations for filing a case. Please contact me when you have been injured because waiting could bar you from being able to make a claim for your harm.

Call Now: 413-592-0999 or 413-437-7788, Days, Evenings or Weekends for your Free Case Evaluation with Atty. Robert Shute, personally. 
Ronnie C.
Ronnie C.
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 My heart is full of gratitude to have had Attorney Robert Shute represent my son when he was injured in a auto accident. Attorney Shute’s kind, reassuring voice was the calm in the storm. He stood by my son while he was recovering and answered every question we had, and I had many!  If you or your family or friends every need a lawyer, with years of experience, who knows just what to do, call Attorney Robert Shute. He’s the Real thing, not a T.V. actor lawyer. I feel truly Blessed to have had him by our side.
D. Boone, Springfield
D. Boone, Springfield
Read More
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value I highly recommend Attorney Robert W. Shute as a personal injury attorney. I was injured in an auto accident several years ago and Attorney Shute provided me with high-quality legal representation to ultimately reach a favorable settlement. I was so satisfied with Attorney Shute's professionalism and timely communication that I recommended him to my family members and friends when they needed a personal injury attorney; they too were very satisfied with his legal services. Additionally, Attorney Shute has been an invaluable resource and mentor, sharing his vast law knowledge and experience with me in my practice of law as well.
Phillip G. 
Phillip G. 
Read More
If there was ever a person that you would want to represent you it is by far your best decision to use Attorney Bob Shute. My accident happened several years ago and Bob Shute never gave up and worked so hard for my best interest! He would explain everything in detail and would translate everything in layman’s terms so I would understood everything that was happening so that I was able to make the best decisions. He never gave up and fought hard for me! I would always recommend Attorney Shute for anything you needed!
Z. O-I.
Z. O-I.
Read More
I would highly recommend The Injury Office of Robert Shute to anyone in need of legal services. He is not only Honest, Reliable and caring, but his office is always professional, responsive, knowledgeable and resourceful. He explains the process entirely and does all he can to ensure a great outcome for all his clients. Attorney Robert Shute is will always be my first choice, if I need it again.
Charlotte
Charlotte
Read More
He was an amazing lawyer to work with and was always updating me whenever he got news with my settlement after getting hit by another car last year. He is excellent at explaining everything and gave great advice. Highly would recommend him to anyone.
Joe V
Joe V
Read More
I had a great experience with Attorney Shute. He spent time to understand my situation, worked hard to develop the case and was persistent in pushing it through the process and in the end he got me a very good settlement. He is very knowledgeable and easy to interact with too. Hiring him was a good investment and I definitely would use him again.
Z. Coleman
Z. Coleman
Read More
Attorney Shute is a great Lawyer! He represented me very well for the injury I got and he had my back the entire time. I highly recommend him!
Kathy V
Kathy V
Read More
Attorney Shute does an outstanding job. I can't say enough good things about him and his work. Through the entire process, he was very patient and professional and kept us informed of his progress. He always took the time to be sure we clearly understood our options and he secured a great and fair settlement in a very timely manner. He was really wonderful to work with during a very stressful time. I very highly recommend Attorney Shute!
A.B., Springfield
A.B., Springfield
Read More
Attorney Shute is an exceptional lawyer who practices law with honesty and genuine integrity to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients. He has a friendly staff and he is always available to answer questions about your case and explains every possible scenario so that as a client you are aware of all of your options and you remain well informed about the status of your case. My family and I have utilized his services on more than one occasion and his results have proven to be fair and reasonable. I would definitely recommend his services to others.
Jeannine M.
Jeannine M.
Read More
I was hit by a hit and run vehicle as pedestrian. I went through the motions as instructed by the proper people. Hiring an attorney was not something I had realized I needed to do. After being in the Dr's office overwhelmed by the paperwork and pain someone said, your Attorney will do that for you. So I went on a hunt. If you are looking for an Attorney who you can actually talk to on the phone, Attorney Shute is your guy. He was always very professional and he explained everything in a way I always understood. He is patient, a good listener and aware of my injuries making me comfortable. I don't hesitate to tell people he's a great choice. And oh yes, we won my case.
E.C., Greenfield
E.C., Greenfield
Read More
Attorney Shute helped me through a difficult legal process after I was injured in an auto accident. Although the case was complex, he carefully, methodically and patiently advised me over all the hurdles that were placed in our path. Even the smallest accidents can be traumatic and legal nightmares. Attorney Shute traveled to my home to meet with me while I was injured and so traumatized I was unable to drive. He is smart, capable, and accessible. I recommend him very highly to anyone in need of expert personal injury advice.
R. Sears,
R. Sears,
Read More
Robert did a fantastic job with my case. I can’t express that enough! Absolutely on point and very helpful!!! I recommend him to everyone!
J. Price
J. Price
Read More
I was dealing with a tough situation and needed legal guidance. Attourney Shute not only helped me through the process, he helped give me a better understanding of how the legal process works when dealing with various aspects of legal formalities. He is always punctual and pleasant as well and did a wonderful job of keep me in the loop of happenings and explaining aspects that I was not clear about throughout my experience. He made me feel more comfortable and confident with his legal guidance. I would recommend Attourney Shute to anyone in need of legal guidance or assistance and will guarantee you will be very satisfied with all the services and legal expertise he provides. Definately will be my go to Attorney on any legal matters
Loren D.
Loren D.
Read More
Attorney Shute was thorough, professional, and knowledgeable with our case. We highly recommend him!
S. Torres
S. Torres
Read More
I would like to thank Mr shute for all his help he went above and beyond for me yoou are the best I have could not have done this without you thanks to you I have a future again and I have no worries and God bless and thank you for everything you are the best I appreciate everything you've done for me and for my family thank you thank you thank you
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Statute of Limitations

In Massachusetts, liability cases have statute of limitations for filing a case. Please contact me when you have been injured because waiting could bar you from being able to make a claim for your harm.
Call Now: 413-592-0999 or 413-437-7788, Days, Evenings or Weekends for your Free Case Evaluation with Atty. Robert Shute, personally.

A favorite destination over the years for dog owners in and near Northampton is the dog park located at 53 Burts Pit Road in Northampton. While there are many well-behaved and well cared for dogs, there also can be times when any dog could become possessive or startled and aggressive. When a dog bites or attacks an individual, the injury can be serious and painful. Many victims of dog attacks need to seek emergency department or urgent care treatment for wounds and possible infections including rabies, especially if the dog has not been vaccinated.

It is important to get medical treatment for your dog bite injury.
Take photos of your injury.
Get the name and addresses of the owner or person taking care of the dog. 

The Dog Bite Law in Massachusetts:
For dog bites or dog attacks, Massachusetts law states that the owner or keeper of the dog is liable unless the victim was trespassing, teasing, tormenting, or abusing the dog. The trespassing and provoking exception does not apply to children under 7 years of age. Even if the dog had never bitten anyone before, the Massachusetts law is strict liability – in other words there is no “one free bite.”

Why choose Attorney Shute to represent you?
Attorney Shute has experience in handling dog bite and dog attack cases. He is personally involved in all aspects of your claim for pain, suffering and financial harm caused by dog attack.

He understands the kinds of injuries that can result from dog bites including but not limited to bruising, infection, scarring, loss of function, nerve damage and tissue damage and emotional distress including fear of dogs, sometimes their own dog. When someone is attacked by a dog, the person often falls. Falling can cause neck, back, hip and shoulder pain and injury or even broken bones in addition to the puncture wounds from the bite. All these conditions may require treatment. You deserve thorough representation and fair compensation for your pain and suffering. Attorney Shute will handle the complex legal issues, so you don’t have to deal with insurance companies and their lawyers on your own.

Attorney Shute provides:

Prompt communication and updates throughout your case.
Individualized attention to your case by a small law firm.
Attorney Shute personally handles your case from start to finish.

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Dog Ownership in the United States

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Close to 70 percent of households in the United States own a pet and more than a third of those pets are dogs. The American Pet Products Association estimates that there has been a 50 percent increase in dog ownership since the 1980s.

It is important for parents to be aware that children who suffer a dog bite or attack can experience emotional stress from being exposed to a life-threatening and distressing event. Ask your pediatrician if a mental health counseling referral is advisable for your child.

Dog bite statistics, according to the CDC, show that 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States each year.

What Others Are Saying
About Us

Ronnie C.
Ronnie C.
Customer
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My heart is full of gratitude to have had Attorney Robert Shute represent my son when he was injured in a auto accident. Attorney Shute’s kind, reassuring voice was the calm in the storm. He stood by my son while he was recovering and answered every question we had, and I had many!  If you or your family or friends every need a lawyer, with years of experience, who knows just what to do, call Attorney Robert Shute. He’s the Real thing, not a T.V. actor lawyer. I feel truly Blessed to have had him by our side.
D. Boone, Springfield
D. Boone, Springfield
Customer
Read More
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value I highly recommend Attorney Robert W. Shute as a personal injury attorney. I was injured in an auto accident several years ago and Attorney Shute provided me with high-quality legal representation to ultimately reach a favorable settlement. I was so satisfied with Attorney Shute's professionalism and timely communication that I recommended him to my family members and friends when they needed a personal injury attorney; they too were very satisfied with his legal services. Additionally, Attorney Shute has been an invaluable resource and mentor, sharing his vast law knowledge and experience with me in my practice of law as well.
Phillip G. 
Phillip G. 
Customer
Read More
If there was ever a person that you would want to represent you it is by far your best decision to use Attorney Bob Shute. My accident happened several years ago and Bob Shute never gave up and worked so hard for my best interest! He would explain everything in detail and would translate everything in layman’s terms so I would understood everything that was happening so that I was able to make the best decisions. He never gave up and fought hard for me! I would always recommend Attorney Shute for anything you needed!
Z. O-I.
Z. O-I.
Customer
Read More
I would highly recommend The Injury Office of Robert Shute to anyone in need of legal services. He is not only Honest, Reliable and caring, but his office is always professional, responsive, knowledgeable and resourceful. He explains the process entirely and does all he can to ensure a great outcome for all his clients. Attorney Robert Shute is will always be my first choice, if I need it again.
Charlotte
Charlotte
Customer
Read More
He was an amazing lawyer to work with and was always updating me whenever he got news with my settlement after getting hit by another car last year. He is excellent at explaining everything and gave great advice. Highly would recommend him to anyone.
Joe V
Joe V
Customer
Read More
I had a great experience with Attorney Shute. He spent time to understand my situation, worked hard to develop the case and was persistent in pushing it through the process and in the end he got me a very good settlement. He is very knowledgeable and easy to interact with too. Hiring him was a good investment and I definitely would use him again.
Z. Coleman
Z. Coleman
Customer
Read More
Attorney Shute is a great Lawyer! He represented me very well for the injury I got and he had my back the entire time. I highly recommend him!
Kathy V
Kathy V
Customer
Read More
Attorney Shute does an outstanding job. I can't say enough good things about him and his work. Through the entire process, he was very patient and professional and kept us informed of his progress. He always took the time to be sure we clearly understood our options and he secured a great and fair settlement in a very timely manner. He was really wonderful to work with during a very stressful time. I very highly recommend Attorney Shute!
A.B., Springfield
A.B., Springfield
Customer
Read More
Attorney Shute is an exceptional lawyer who practices law with honesty and genuine integrity to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients. He has a friendly staff and he is always available to answer questions about your case and explains every possible scenario so that as a client you are aware of all of your options and you remain well informed about the status of your case. My family and I have utilized his services on more than one occasion and his results have proven to be fair and reasonable. I would definitely recommend his services to others.
Jeannine M.
Jeannine M.
Customer
Read More
I was hit by a hit and run vehicle as pedestrian. I went through the motions as instructed by the proper people. Hiring an attorney was not something I had realized I needed to do. After being in the Dr's office overwhelmed by the paperwork and pain someone said, your Attorney will do that for you. So I went on a hunt. If you are looking for an Attorney who you can actually talk to on the phone, Attorney Shute is your guy. He was always very professional and he explained everything in a way I always understood. He is patient, a good listener and aware of my injuries making me comfortable. I don't hesitate to tell people he's a great choice. And oh yes, we won my case.
E.C., Greenfield
E.C., Greenfield
Customer
Read More
Attorney Shute helped me through a difficult legal process after I was injured in an auto accident. Although the case was complex, he carefully, methodically and patiently advised me over all the hurdles that were placed in our path. Even the smallest accidents can be traumatic and legal nightmares. Attorney Shute traveled to my home to meet with me while I was injured and so traumatized I was unable to drive. He is smart, capable, and accessible. I recommend him very highly to anyone in need of expert personal injury advice.
R. Sears,
R. Sears,
Customer
Read More
Robert did a fantastic job with my case. I can’t express that enough! Absolutely on point and very helpful!!! I recommend him to everyone!
J. Price
J. Price
Customer
Read More
I was dealing with a tough situation and needed legal guidance. Attourney Shute not only helped me through the process, he helped give me a better understanding of how the legal process works when dealing with various aspects of legal formalities. He is always punctual and pleasant as well and did a wonderful job of keep me in the loop of happenings and explaining aspects that I was not clear about throughout my experience. He made me feel more comfortable and confident with his legal guidance. I would recommend Attourney Shute to anyone in need of legal guidance or assistance and will guarantee you will be very satisfied with all the services and legal expertise he provides. Definately will be my go to Attorney on any legal matters
Loren D.
Loren D.
Customer
Read More
Attorney Shute was thorough, professional, and knowledgeable with our case. We highly recommend him!
S. Torres
S. Torres
Customer
Read More
I would like to thank Mr shute for all his help he went above and beyond for me yoou are the best I have could not have done this without you thanks to you I have a future again and I have no worries and God bless and thank you for everything you are the best I appreciate everything you've done for me and for my family thank you thank you thank you
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What do “damages” include?
Damages is the legal term for monetary compensation. An injured person can sue for damages for medical bills, future medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

What is keeper of the dog?
In 2012, the Massachusetts Senate legislature enacted “An Act Further Regulating Animal Control.” Within this legislation “keeper of the dog” was defined as a person, business, corporation, entity or society, other than the owner, having possession of a dog. Be aware of the responsibility you assume if you care for the dog of a family member or friend.

The Text of the Massachusetts Dog Bite Statute
If any dog shall do any damage to either the body or property of any person, the owner or keeper, or if the owner or keeper be a minor, the parent or guardian of such minor, shall be liable for such damage, unless such damage shall have been occasioned to the body or property of a person who, at the time such damage was sustained, was committing a trespass or other tort, or was teasing, tormenting or abusing such dog. If a minor, on whose behalf an action under this section is brought, is under seven years of age at the time the damage was done, it shall be presumed that such minor was not committing a trespass or other tort, or teasing, tormenting or abusing such dog, and the burden of proof thereof shall be upon the defendant in such action. (Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 140, Section 155)

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Attorney Shute welcomes your call. 413-437-7788, Days, Evenings or Weekends for your Free Consultation to discuss compensation for your dog bite injury with Atty. Robert Shute, personally.

Northampton

90 Conz St,
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413) 437-7788

Ronnie C.
Ronnie C.
Read More
 My heart is full of gratitude to have had Attorney Robert Shute represent my son when he was injured in a auto accident. Attorney Shute’s kind, reassuring voice was the calm in the storm. He stood by my son while he was recovering and answered every question we had, and I had many!  If you or your family or friends every need a lawyer, with years of experience, who knows just what to do, call Attorney Robert Shute. He’s the Real thing, not a T.V. actor lawyer. I feel truly Blessed to have had him by our side.
D. Boone, Springfield
D. Boone, Springfield
Read More
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value I highly recommend Attorney Robert W. Shute as a personal injury attorney. I was injured in an auto accident several years ago and Attorney Shute provided me with high-quality legal representation to ultimately reach a favorable settlement. I was so satisfied with Attorney Shute's professionalism and timely communication that I recommended him to my family members and friends when they needed a personal injury attorney; they too were very satisfied with his legal services. Additionally, Attorney Shute has been an invaluable resource and mentor, sharing his vast law knowledge and experience with me in my practice of law as well.
Phillip G. 
Phillip G. 
Read More
If there was ever a person that you would want to represent you it is by far your best decision to use Attorney Bob Shute. My accident happened several years ago and Bob Shute never gave up and worked so hard for my best interest! He would explain everything in detail and would translate everything in layman’s terms so I would understood everything that was happening so that I was able to make the best decisions. He never gave up and fought hard for me! I would always recommend Attorney Shute for anything you needed!
Z. O-I.
Z. O-I.
Read More
I would highly recommend The Injury Office of Robert Shute to anyone in need of legal services. He is not only Honest, Reliable and caring, but his office is always professional, responsive, knowledgeable and resourceful. He explains the process entirely and does all he can to ensure a great outcome for all his clients. Attorney Robert Shute is will always be my first choice, if I need it again.
Charlotte
Charlotte
Read More
He was an amazing lawyer to work with and was always updating me whenever he got news with my settlement after getting hit by another car last year. He is excellent at explaining everything and gave great advice. Highly would recommend him to anyone.
Joe V
Joe V
Read More
I had a great experience with Attorney Shute. He spent time to understand my situation, worked hard to develop the case and was persistent in pushing it through the process and in the end he got me a very good settlement. He is very knowledgeable and easy to interact with too. Hiring him was a good investment and I definitely would use him again.
Z. Coleman
Z. Coleman
Read More
Attorney Shute is a great Lawyer! He represented me very well for the injury I got and he had my back the entire time. I highly recommend him!
Kathy V
Kathy V
Read More
Attorney Shute does an outstanding job. I can't say enough good things about him and his work. Through the entire process, he was very patient and professional and kept us informed of his progress. He always took the time to be sure we clearly understood our options and he secured a great and fair settlement in a very timely manner. He was really wonderful to work with during a very stressful time. I very highly recommend Attorney Shute!
A.B., Springfield
A.B., Springfield
Read More
Attorney Shute is an exceptional lawyer who practices law with honesty and genuine integrity to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients. He has a friendly staff and he is always available to answer questions about your case and explains every possible scenario so that as a client you are aware of all of your options and you remain well informed about the status of your case. My family and I have utilized his services on more than one occasion and his results have proven to be fair and reasonable. I would definitely recommend his services to others.
Jeannine M.
Jeannine M.
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I was hit by a hit and run vehicle as pedestrian. I went through the motions as instructed by the proper people. Hiring an attorney was not something I had realized I needed to do. After being in the Dr's office overwhelmed by the paperwork and pain someone said, your Attorney will do that for you. So I went on a hunt. If you are looking for an Attorney who you can actually talk to on the phone, Attorney Shute is your guy. He was always very professional and he explained everything in a way I always understood. He is patient, a good listener and aware of my injuries making me comfortable. I don't hesitate to tell people he's a great choice. And oh yes, we won my case.
E.C., Greenfield
E.C., Greenfield
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Attorney Shute helped me through a difficult legal process after I was injured in an auto accident. Although the case was complex, he carefully, methodically and patiently advised me over all the hurdles that were placed in our path. Even the smallest accidents can be traumatic and legal nightmares. Attorney Shute traveled to my home to meet with me while I was injured and so traumatized I was unable to drive. He is smart, capable, and accessible. I recommend him very highly to anyone in need of expert personal injury advice.
R. Sears,
R. Sears,
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Robert did a fantastic job with my case. I can’t express that enough! Absolutely on point and very helpful!!! I recommend him to everyone!
J. Price
J. Price
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I was dealing with a tough situation and needed legal guidance. Attourney Shute not only helped me through the process, he helped give me a better understanding of how the legal process works when dealing with various aspects of legal formalities. He is always punctual and pleasant as well and did a wonderful job of keep me in the loop of happenings and explaining aspects that I was not clear about throughout my experience. He made me feel more comfortable and confident with his legal guidance. I would recommend Attourney Shute to anyone in need of legal guidance or assistance and will guarantee you will be very satisfied with all the services and legal expertise he provides. Definately will be my go to Attorney on any legal matters
Loren D.
Loren D.
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Attorney Shute was thorough, professional, and knowledgeable with our case. We highly recommend him!
S. Torres
S. Torres
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I would like to thank Mr shute for all his help he went above and beyond for me yoou are the best I have could not have done this without you thanks to you I have a future again and I have no worries and God bless and thank you for everything you are the best I appreciate everything you've done for me and for my family thank you thank you thank you
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Attorney Shute welcomes your call. 413-437-7788, Days, Evenings or Weekends for your Free Consultation to discuss compensation for your dog bite injury with Atty. Robert Shute, personally.

Dog bites and attacks by a dog can cause extremely serious injuries including puncture wounds, infections, and cuts or lacerations leaving scars. Sometimes dog bites include being mauled, resulting in disfigurement or even death. Because you can be at risk of rabies or other serious infections from a dog bite, it is important to seek treatment immediately and report a dog bite.

Legal fees are “Contingency” –You don’t pay a penny until we win your case.
If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog, call for a free consultation to have all your dog bite questions and concerns answered. Attorney Shute has the experience and a history of success with dog bite cases. Let his experience work for you. A contingency fee is a fixed percentage of the amount of the settlement or a jury verdict. When you call Attorney Shute, he will discuss with you how the dog bite has affected your life both physically and emotionally, how the dog bite happened and what the important steps are for your legal case. He represents only injured people like you, against the big money insurance corporate interests.

The Strict Liability Law for Dog Bites in Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, the law is that the owner or keeper of the dog is strictly liable for the harm caused by his or her dog unless the victim was trespassing, teasing, tormenting, or abusing the dog. For children under age seven at the time of the dog bite, it is presumed that there was no trespassing or provocation. It is not a defense if the dog has never bitten before and it is not a defense if the dog was on a leash. The only exception is trespassing or provoking by teasing, tormenting or abusing of the dog. The insurance company will try to minimize you harm, investigate the dog bite incident and question the facts surrounding your case. That is why it is so important to speak with Attorney Shute about the complex issues surrounding owner and keeper of the dog. In some cases if a property owner allows a tenant to keep a dog that the property owner knows is dangerous, the property owner can be held responsible

When You Call Atty. Robert Shute your calls will be promptly returned, and your questions answered. 413-592-0999
The Statute of Limitations is the legal time limit for settling your case or filing a lawsuit.
Calling Atty. Shute immediately is crucial in order to avoid receiving the unfortunate news that you had a viable case to receive compensation for your harm but you are past the time limit.

Thirteen Common Dog Attack Injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Dog bite with injury or sprain to ligaments, muscles, and other tissue
  • Twisting of a leg from dog attack with a fall to the ground
  • Dog bite with a wound that requires surgery sutures or stitches
  • Dog teeth punctures causing scarring
  • Pain, bruises or swelling at the site of the dog bite
  • Emotional trauma from being bitten or attacked by a dog
  • Head, neck, back, arm pain from a dog attack
  • Falling from being knocked over by a dog
  • Disfigurement from vicious dog attack and dog bite
  • Series of rabies shots after a dog bite
  • Dog bites on face causing facial scars
  • Dog bites on face causing nerve damage and paralysis
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Attorney Shute offers a free consultation for you to discuss the particulars of what you experienced and how the law applies to your injury. The consultation can be by phone, in person or by video conference and can be scheduled during or after normal business hours.

The American Veterinary Medical Association 2014 study on Serious Dog Bite Injury by Breed showed the German Shepherd, Pit Bull, Rottweiler, Jack Russell Terrier and Chow Chow breeds are most likely to cause a serious bite.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that most rabies deaths in people around the world are caused by dog bites. The Rabies virus infection attacks the central nervous system causing death. The CDC advises that if a healthy dog bites a person the dog should be confined and observed daily.

Psychological Impact of a Dog Bite Attack

Larger dogs cause more damage when they bite, but some of the smaller dog breeds or toy breeds like Shih Tsu, Springer Spaniel and Lhasa Apso also can inflict a harm. The American Veterinary Medical Association has reported that 38.4 percent of households in the United States own a dog. The CDC has reported that about 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States with 1 out of 5 bites becoming infected.

While many dogs are well behaved and loved by their owners, dogs can become aggressive, causing serious physical harm. The CDC has reported that children are more likely than adults to be bitten by a dog and their injuries are usually more severe. Children are more likely to have head, face and neck injuries. Studies have shown that up to one-third of head and neck trauma is caused by pit bull terriers. It is possible for children and adults to suffer from the posttraumatic stress following a dog bite event and the physical injury of a dog bite. The National Institutes of Health has case reports that show when children are exposed to a life-threatening event, they often have PTSD. Some victims experience being afraid of dogs. If you get treatment from a clinician, health counselor, or therapist because a dog bite is affecting activities of daily living including sleep or other emotional consequences as a result of dog bite trauma, this can be a part of your legal case.

Call Now: 413-592-0999, Days, Evenings or Weekends for your Free Case Evaluation with Atty. Robert Shute.

Ronnie C.
Ronnie C.
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 My heart is full of gratitude to have had Attorney Robert Shute represent my son when he was injured in a auto accident. Attorney Shute’s kind, reassuring voice was the calm in the storm. He stood by my son while he was recovering and answered every question we had, and I had many!  If you or your family or friends every need a lawyer, with years of experience, who knows just what to do, call Attorney Robert Shute. He’s the Real thing, not a T.V. actor lawyer. I feel truly Blessed to have had him by our side.
D. Boone, Springfield
D. Boone, Springfield
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Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value I highly recommend Attorney Robert W. Shute as a personal injury attorney. I was injured in an auto accident several years ago and Attorney Shute provided me with high-quality legal representation to ultimately reach a favorable settlement. I was so satisfied with Attorney Shute's professionalism and timely communication that I recommended him to my family members and friends when they needed a personal injury attorney; they too were very satisfied with his legal services. Additionally, Attorney Shute has been an invaluable resource and mentor, sharing his vast law knowledge and experience with me in my practice of law as well.
Phillip G. 
Phillip G. 
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If there was ever a person that you would want to represent you it is by far your best decision to use Attorney Bob Shute. My accident happened several years ago and Bob Shute never gave up and worked so hard for my best interest! He would explain everything in detail and would translate everything in layman’s terms so I would understood everything that was happening so that I was able to make the best decisions. He never gave up and fought hard for me! I would always recommend Attorney Shute for anything you needed!
Z. O-I.
Z. O-I.
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I would highly recommend The Injury Office of Robert Shute to anyone in need of legal services. He is not only Honest, Reliable and caring, but his office is always professional, responsive, knowledgeable and resourceful. He explains the process entirely and does all he can to ensure a great outcome for all his clients. Attorney Robert Shute is will always be my first choice, if I need it again.
Charlotte
Charlotte
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He was an amazing lawyer to work with and was always updating me whenever he got news with my settlement after getting hit by another car last year. He is excellent at explaining everything and gave great advice. Highly would recommend him to anyone.
Joe V
Joe V
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I had a great experience with Attorney Shute. He spent time to understand my situation, worked hard to develop the case and was persistent in pushing it through the process and in the end he got me a very good settlement. He is very knowledgeable and easy to interact with too. Hiring him was a good investment and I definitely would use him again.
Z. Coleman
Z. Coleman
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Attorney Shute is a great Lawyer! He represented me very well for the injury I got and he had my back the entire time. I highly recommend him!
Kathy V
Kathy V
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Attorney Shute does an outstanding job. I can't say enough good things about him and his work. Through the entire process, he was very patient and professional and kept us informed of his progress. He always took the time to be sure we clearly understood our options and he secured a great and fair settlement in a very timely manner. He was really wonderful to work with during a very stressful time. I very highly recommend Attorney Shute!
A.B., Springfield
A.B., Springfield
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Attorney Shute is an exceptional lawyer who practices law with honesty and genuine integrity to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients. He has a friendly staff and he is always available to answer questions about your case and explains every possible scenario so that as a client you are aware of all of your options and you remain well informed about the status of your case. My family and I have utilized his services on more than one occasion and his results have proven to be fair and reasonable. I would definitely recommend his services to others.
Jeannine M.
Jeannine M.
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I was hit by a hit and run vehicle as pedestrian. I went through the motions as instructed by the proper people. Hiring an attorney was not something I had realized I needed to do. After being in the Dr's office overwhelmed by the paperwork and pain someone said, your Attorney will do that for you. So I went on a hunt. If you are looking for an Attorney who you can actually talk to on the phone, Attorney Shute is your guy. He was always very professional and he explained everything in a way I always understood. He is patient, a good listener and aware of my injuries making me comfortable. I don't hesitate to tell people he's a great choice. And oh yes, we won my case.
E.C., Greenfield
E.C., Greenfield
Read More
Attorney Shute helped me through a difficult legal process after I was injured in an auto accident. Although the case was complex, he carefully, methodically and patiently advised me over all the hurdles that were placed in our path. Even the smallest accidents can be traumatic and legal nightmares. Attorney Shute traveled to my home to meet with me while I was injured and so traumatized I was unable to drive. He is smart, capable, and accessible. I recommend him very highly to anyone in need of expert personal injury advice.
R. Sears,
R. Sears,
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Robert did a fantastic job with my case. I can’t express that enough! Absolutely on point and very helpful!!! I recommend him to everyone!
J. Price
J. Price
Read More
I was dealing with a tough situation and needed legal guidance. Attourney Shute not only helped me through the process, he helped give me a better understanding of how the legal process works when dealing with various aspects of legal formalities. He is always punctual and pleasant as well and did a wonderful job of keep me in the loop of happenings and explaining aspects that I was not clear about throughout my experience. He made me feel more comfortable and confident with his legal guidance. I would recommend Attourney Shute to anyone in need of legal guidance or assistance and will guarantee you will be very satisfied with all the services and legal expertise he provides. Definately will be my go to Attorney on any legal matters
Loren D.
Loren D.
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Attorney Shute was thorough, professional, and knowledgeable with our case. We highly recommend him!
S. Torres
S. Torres
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I would like to thank Mr shute for all his help he went above and beyond for me yoou are the best I have could not have done this without you thanks to you I have a future again and I have no worries and God bless and thank you for everything you are the best I appreciate everything you've done for me and for my family thank you thank you thank you
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Call Now: 413-592-0999, Days, Evenings or Weekends for your Free Case Evaluation with Atty. Robert Shute.