Dogs bite over 4.5 million Americans every year, and nearly 20 percent of dog bite victims require medical care. If you’ve been injured by a dog bite your first course of action should be to figure out what to do if a dog bites you, you may be entitled to compensation. The owner is responsible for any damages caused by their dog, and most homeowners and renters insurance policies cover dog bites. An experienced Baltimore County dog bite attorney can help you get the settlement you deserve.
The effects of a dog bite can last a lifetime. The long-term damage of being bitten by a dog can be both physical and psychological. As a result of being bitten by a dog you may suffer permanent scarring or disfigurement. Dog bites also affect people psychologically, causing them to become overly fearful of dogs or even afraid to go outside. The bottom line is that dog bites are serious.
If a dog has bitten you, the most important thing to do is to focus on yourself. This may involve counseling sessions, and working every day to reverse the damage caused by the dog bite. An experienced Baltimore County dog bite attorney can help you through this process, and ensure that your legal rights are protected.
According to Maryland dog bite law, the owner of a dog is responsible for your injuries if they knew or should have known that their dog was dangerous, or if they were in violation of some other law such as a leash law. Most dog bite cases are handled as negligent cases, meaning that the dog bite was caused by the carelessness of the owner. Since Maryland recognized contributory negligence as a defense to dog bite cases, dog owners often try to defend himself or herself by saying you provoked the dog into biting you. Attorneys for the dog owner’s insurance company will likely get involved at an early stage and may even offer to settle with you out of court. Before signing any papers or agreeing to anything, it is important to consult with a qualified Baltimore County dog bite attorney. Ideally, you will have retained an attorney before the case even gets this far.
If you’ve been bitten by a dog, the Zirkin and Schmerling Law will help make sure that your medical bills are paid for, your legal rights are protected, and you receive the monetary damages you deserve for your pain and suffering. Attorneys at Zirkin and Schmerling Law are experienced in handling these complex cases. Call us today for your dog and animal bite case.