When Man’s Best Friend Turns On You
We all have the urge to pet a sweet-looking dog on the sidewalk, expecting gentle behavior in return. But when a dog bites you, it can cause significant physical and emotional trauma. Depending on the severity of the attack, your injuries may require expensive medical treatments or time away from work.
Our experienced personal injury attorneys at Maronick Law LLC help clients throughout Maryland, including Glen Burnie, Baltimore and Ocean City. We will aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve after suffering a dog bite injury and hold dog owners accountable.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at 410-881-4022.
Dog Owners May Be Held Responsible For Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites can cause serious injuries that cause you to miss work and require extensive medical care. When a dog in Maryland bites someone, the owner can be held liable for any injuries.
Maryland follows the one-bite rule. Under this rule, if the dog owner knew or had reason to know that the dog had dangerous properties, the owner would almost certainly face liability. Maryland doesn’t distinguish between different breeds of dogs when considering dog bite cases and liability. All dog owners, regardless of breed, are presumed to know if their dog is dangerous.
You can also file a personal injury claim for a dog bite under the theory of negligence. Even if the dog has never bitten anyone in the past, this theory states the owner is still liable if they fail to exercise proper control of the dog.
There are exceptions to these rules where an owner will not be found liable, including if the victim was tormenting, abusing or otherwise provoking the dog to attack. Additionally, if the victim was trespassing or committing another criminal offense against the owner or another person, the dog owner might not be found liable for the harm.
Local laws and ordinances regulate the conduct of animal owners to help protect the public, including leash laws. Landlords may be held responsible for a tenant’s dog if the landlord knows that the dog is dangerous and doesn’t take steps to protect others.
We Will Hold Dog Owners Responsible
The statute of limitations for dog bite cases in Maryland is three years from the date of the attack, so it is vital that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to start your claim.
Our experienced dog bite attorneys at Maronick Law LLC have successfully helped clients obtain compensation for their injuries. If a dog in Maryland has injured you, contact us at 410-881-4022 or fill out an online contact form. Your first consultation is always free.