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Millions of people get attacked by dogs each year. Dog bites are a traumatic experience for any person, but they can be even more upsetting and dangerous for young children. If you or your child is attacked by a dog or another animal, you might be entitled to compensation. It is essential to discuss your rights with an attorney as quickly as possible.
At Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A., our attorneys represent individuals who have been seriously injured in dog attacks throughout Maryland. We provide dedicated advocacy, always working to obtain the largest possible recovery for dog bite victims. If you suffered harm after being attacked or bitten by a dog, contact our office at (410) 685-2022 to schedule a free consultation.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for Dog Bite Injuries?
Dog owners can be held criminally and civilly liable if their dog attacks a person. A civil lawsuit can help a dog bite victim obtain the compensation they need to physically and emotionally heal from the attack. If a dog does bite you, it is in your best interest to retain an attorney. A Maryland dog bite lawyer can help determine whether you have a valid claim for damages and who should be held liable.
Maryland Dog Bite Laws
Unlike some other states, Maryland does not follow the “one bite rule.” Instead, there is a rebuttable presumption of the owner’s knowledge that their dog is viscous and could cause harm. In other words, the dog does not get a free bite. Strict liability, which the state follows, presumes that you know or should have known your dog was dangerous.
Under Section 3-1901 of the Code of Maryland, a dog owner may be held liable unless:
- The person was trespassing
- The person was committing or attempting to commit a crime
- The person was “teasing, tormenting, abusing or provoking the dog.”
It is important to note that some counties may have ordinances related to specific dog breeds. A dog owner’s violation of a law or ordinance may also help your case and point to their liability.
Common Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites are rarely minor, mainly when the victim is a child. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), almost 1 in 5 individuals who are bitten by a dog require medical attention. Tragically, children are more likely than adults to be injured by a dog, and those injuries are more likely to be severe.
Common injuries suffered by dog attack victims:
- Broken bones
- Facial paralysis
- Nerve damage
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Permanent disfigurement
- Puncture wounds
- Damage to the eyes, ears, and throat
If you are attacked by a dog, it is critical that you get medical help immediately. Dog’s mouth and teeth are filled with bacteria. Not cleaning a dog bite can result in serious infection or dangerous complications. If you know the owner of the dog, ask for a copy of the dog’s vaccination records to ensure that it has been vaccinated for rabies and other deadly diseases.
How Long Do I Have to File a Dog Bite Lawsuit?
In the State of Maryland, you have three (3) years from the date of the attack to file a lawsuit based on personal injury. If your loved one is killed in the attack, you have three (3) years from the date of their death to bring an action for wrongful death.
What Should I Do If I Am Bit By a Dog?
If you are bit by a dog, you need to act fast to protect your right to recovery. You should not make any statements or sign anything without first consulting with a lawyer. Maryland follows a pure contributory negligence law meaning that if you are found to be partially to blame for your injuries, your claim for damages may be denied.
Whether you bring a suit based on strict liability or negligence, you should still discuss your case with an experienced Maryland dog bite lawyer. In addition, you need to seek medical attention immediately after the attack. Failing to seek timely treatment may impact your compensation.
If you are able, obtain the information of the owner. Take pictures of your injuries and document your recovery. The more evidence you have, the easier it will be to build a case against a liable dog owner.
Injured in Dog Attack? Contact Our Office
Were you or a loved one injured in a dog attack? Contact our office at (410) 685-2022 to schedule a free consultation. We have secured over $200 million in verdicts and settlements for injury victims and their families. Get the experienced legal help you need and deserve.
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