You were just attacked by a dog. Now what? The first step in handling a dog bite in Maryland is to know the law. Dog bite law in Maryland is different than it is in other states. It is important to understand those differences. In this article, I’ll briefly explain the key areas of dog bite law in Maryland.
Dog Bite Liability
In Maryland, there are two ways an owner can be liable for injuries caused by his or her dog: strict liability and negligence. Strict liability is the hardest to defend against, and only requires the bite victim to prove two things: (1) that a dog caused their injury, and (2) that the dog owner knew that their dog was dangerous.
According to dog bite law in Maryland as declared by the Court of Appeals, ‘Pure bred’ pit bulls are automatically considered a dangerous dog. A dog is also said to be dangerous if it has bitten someone before. This is known as the one bite rule. According to the one bite rule, once your dog bites someone you are held strictly liable for [Read more…]