Dog Bite Claims
Salisbury Personal Injury Attorney
While many dogs are kept as pets, they can also be dangerous animals capable
of causing severe harm. An attack can happen anywhere and victims often
have done nothing but to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Once
a dog has begun an attack, it can be nearly impossible to avoid injuries
and if you or a loved one has been attacked, do not hesitate to contact
me, Salisbury Personal Injury Attorney William R. Hall. I have nearly
two decades of experience helping the injured to seek monetary compensation
and my law firm can help you to hold dog owners responsible for the actions
of their pets.
Have you been bitten by a dog?
Schedule a free consultation and tell my firm about the attack.
Dog Bites and Strict Liability
Dog owners have a duty of care to prevent their animals from causing harm
to others. Maryland is what is known as a “strict liability”
state concerning dog bites. This means that even if an owner has taken
reasonable care to restrain a dog, they can still be held liable for any
damages their pets cause. This is true not just of dog bites, but can
apply to almost any harm that a dog causes. For example, if a dog charges,
knocking you over and breaking your wrist, you may hold their owner liable
for damages. Strict liability may also hold true whether or not an animal
has a past history of violent tendencies.
You can seek compensation for damages including:
- Initial and future medical costs
- Missed work and reduced income potential
- Emotional hardship
- Reduced standard of living
Dogs with a documented history of violent behavior can be classified as
a “dangerous” dog and if an attack occurs, owners may be subject
to claims of negligence as well as criminal charges. Owners of dangerous
or, in some cases, potentially dangerous dogs must take extra precautions
with their animal such as employing additional methods of restraint.
Before filing a dog bite claim, it is vital to consult with a knowledgeable
attorney and understand how the claims process works. In Maryland, lawsuits
based on negligence such as premises liability and dog bite claims may
be subject to contributory negligence. This states that if a victim shares
any responsibility for an accident or injuries, they may not be able to take
legal action. This means that if a dog owner can prove that you are even
1% responsible for an attack, you may be barred from claiming any monetary
compensation. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you do not
attempt to negotiate a settlement without first consulting with my firm.
Hire a Leading Maryland Attorney
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite or attack, my firm
wants to hear about it. After experiencing an injury, medical bills can
pile up on top of missed work and you should not be made to suffer more
than you already have. I am a Salisbury personal injury with trial-tested
experience dealing with pet owners, insurance agencies, and law enforcement
to help clients get every penny that they deserve. When you are ready
to take legal action against those responsible, help is only a phone call away.
Call (410) 205-1684 today and learn about your legal options.