Dogs are often called “man’s best friend,” but not all dogs are friendly. When dogs attack, they can inflict serious injuries to innocent passersby. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a dog attack, please read on, then contact an experienced Annapolis dog bite lawyer to learn what you should know about dog attacks in Maryland.
Maryland has two causes of action – strict liability and negligence. Strict liability is where the plaintiff must prove that the dog was at large and that the owner knew or reasonably should have known that his or her dog was vicious or dangerous. Negligence is when a dog owner does not take the necessary care and precaution in restraining their dog. When a dog bites someone, the owner may be held liable for damages if it is proven that the dog was not provoked and the victim had a legal right to be in the location where the bite occurred, i.e. he or she was not trespassing.
What injuries might you sustain from dog attacks in Maryland?
Dog attacks can lead to many types of different injuries and can vary in levels of severity. Nonetheless, some of the most common dog bite injuries include:
- Puncture wounds
- Broken bones
- Eye injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Face injuries
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a dog attack, you would be well advised to reach out to a skilled Anne Arundel or Howard County personal injury lawyer to discuss your next steps.
First and foremost, a qualified legal professional will help collect, collate, and present the necessary evidence in court. She will work to hold the responsible parties accountable, preferably without requiring you to step foot in court. If she can’t settle your case outside of court, she will help find the right venue for your trial. A seasoned legal representative will fight for both economic and non-economic damages, including, but not limited to, medical care and treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering (non-economic damages). Let us fight for you.
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Anne Arundel County and Howard County, Maryland who need legal assistance for criminal defense or personal injury matters. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.