Maryland Dog Bite Law
A vicious dog attack can be an extremely traumatic experience, both physically and emotionally. Victims often pay the price of serious physical harm, thousands of dollars in lost wages and medical bills, and a lifelong fear of animals. Unfortunately, the complicated legal process that follows often makes things worse. Maryland dog bite law is known for being complex and difficult to understand.
Many people think that they know the law, but are actually unaware of its intricacies and limitations. Victims think that simply because they did not do anything wrong, they will easily recover damages from the dog owner’s insurance company. That is not accurate. This can lead to frustration or even monetary loss when trying to put together a successful court case. Read on for our expert attorneys’ advice about Maryland dog bite law!
What Should I Do If I Have Been Bitten By A Dog?
If you’ve been bitten by a dog, there are a few actions that you should take immediately to protect your safety and legal interests. You should seek medical care, document your injuries, and contact the police and Animal Control. Contact the dog’s owner to collect their insurance information, but do not speak with an insurance company or its representatives. You can read more about the immediate aftermath of a dog attack here.
Who Is Liable After a Dog Bite?
Demanding damages from an attacking dog’s owner is often more difficult under Maryland dog bite law than it is in other states, because Maryland does not always hold owners liable for their dog’s vicious behavior. However, you may be able to establish liability if you can prove that the owner showed disregard for local laws or otherwise failed to protect innocent people from their dog. In addition, if the owner should reasonably have known that their dog was dangerous for any reason—including a history of aggression—then they are strictly liable for any damage caused by their dog’s actions. To find out if you can hold a dog’s owner responsible for your injuries, read here.
If you feel like you need some legal help, contact our Dog Bite Law attorney to schedule a free case evaluation today.
Is The Landlord Responsible for Dog Bites?
Maryland dog bite law can hold landlords responsible for dog bites on their property under certain circumstances. In most cases, you must be able to prove that the landlord knew that a dangerous dog lived on their property, could have done something about it, and failed to do so. A negligent landlord who turns a blind eye to dangers on their property may be held financially responsible for failing to protect you from the danger. Whether a landlord owes a duty to his tenants or their guests with respect to dangerous conditions such as a vicious dog depends on the specific facts presented in the case. For more information about landlord liability, read our full article.
Does Breed Matter In Dog Bite Cases?
Many people believe that pit bulls are automatically considered vicious dogs in the eyes of the law. This is no longer the case. Since 2014, Maryland has operated according to “breed neutrality,” meaning that no breed of dog is automatically considered dangerous. Although owners must prove that they did not know their dog was violent, a dog’s breed status is irrelevant. For a fuller description of breed under Maryland dog bite law, read the full article here.
What Is The Value of My Dog Bite Case?
There is no single answer to this question, since every case is unique and every judge or jury approaches their decision from a different perspective. However, a few important variables tend to show up in every dog bite case. Maryland dog bite law recognizes economic damages like medical bills or wages you have lost as a result of the attack. The court will also take non-economic factors, such as pain and suffering, into account. For more detailed information about the worth of your dog bite case, please read here.
How Can I Choose The Right Dog Bite Attorney?
Maryland dog bite law is highly complex, and it does not prioritize victims. Unfortunately, most people do not have the time to fully understand their rights and responsibilities. Insurance attorneys will try to take advantage of your inexperience and exploit your lack of knowledge about Maryland dog bite law. To protect yourself, choose an attorney who has plenty of experience in defending dog bite victims. Read more about our attorneys’ proven track record here.
Help, I Need More Information!
If you have a question that hasn’t been answered here, try checking out our extensive Maryland dog bite FAQ. This article addresses your most pressing questions about how to keep yourself safe after a dog attack, how to protect your rights, and how to avoid a few common mistakes.
Learn More About Maryland Dog Bite Law
Of course, you probably still have some questions about Maryland dog bite law that are impossible to answer in such a short article. Speaking with an experienced attorney can ease your mind and help you determine a solid, practical path forward. Call 410-356-4455 to get advice from one of our expert dog bite attorneys.