Maryland Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
When "man’s best friend" turns vicious, the resulting injuries are anything but trivial. Sharp canine teeth can rip through clothing, skin, muscle, and other tissues. And there may be lasting physical and emotional scars. If you are the victim of an animal attack, you may wonder if you have grounds for a lawsuit. Maryland dog bites attorneys stand ready to help.
How Does Maryland Law Apply to Dog Bites?
Maryland is a "one-bite" state. Dog owners are only liable for injuries their dogs cause if the dog in question has a known propensity for violence. The most obvious example would be if the dog had bitten someone before. But even if the dog acted as if it were going to bite someone before, and the owner was aware of it, the dog is said to have a known propensity for violence. After one bite or violent act, a dog is considered vicious. The owner is negligent if he or she does not take reasonable measures to prevent an attack.
Should You Accept a Settlement?
If you are attacked by a dog that is known to be vicious, the owner, or his or her insurance company, may offer you a settlement to keep the matter out of court. There are pros and cons to consider:
- Settlements happen faster than trials. You get money in hand sooner.
- There is a chance you could collect more if you went to court, but there is no guarantee of course.
- Trials can be lengthy and stressful. But some also find them to be more emotionally rewarding.
An personal injury attorney with experience handling dog bite cases can advise on any offer you receive, so you can make an informed choice of whether to settle or pursue the issue in court.
Locate a Local Maryland Animal Attacks Lawyer
Prompt medical care should be your highest priority if you fall victim to a dog attack. Your next move should be a consultation with a lawyer to find out if you have a lawsuit on your hands. Call now to speak with a Maryland dog bite attorney at 877-913-7222.