Understanding Dog Bite Claims In Maryland

Being attacked by a dog is traumatizing for both the victim and the entire family. Dogs have powerful jaws that can tear flesh. Dog attack victims can suffer broken bones, emotional harm and even fatal injuries in an attack. Often, a neighbor's dog may attack without warning. In other situations, an animal owner may be aware of the aggressive nature of a dog due to a previous event.

A Dog Is Not Given One Free Bite

Maryland law concerning dog bites continues to evolve. The law used to give dogs and their owners essentially a free pass for a first-time bite. Today, if the dog is found to be "running at large," the owner of the dog can be held responsible for any injuries caused by the dog. Maryland law holds dog owners strictly liable for the harm an aggressive dog has caused. This means they are liable for any injuries caused by their dog.

We Understand How Traumatic A Dog Attack Can Be For You

At Greenblatt & Veliev, LLC, in Rockville, our lawyers understand the impact a dog attack or animal bite injury can have on the full lifestyles of our clients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that people of any age can suffer substantial injury in a dog bite.

The Complications Of A Dog Bite With Children

However, the CDC says that children, due to their size and age, and the elderly are the most vulnerable in a dog attack. A dog bite is very different from cut suffered in a car accident. The prospect of infection is much greater and there is a potential for long-term medical care — including reconstructive surgery. In addition, especially for young children, there may be emotional scars that are as long lasting as any physical scar.

Our lawyers care about helping victims and their families move forward after an animal attack. We look for the resources to cover medical expenses and provide other compensation, including homeowners insurance policies or other sources to provide adequate compensation to cover the damages tied to a dog or other animal attack.

Arrange A Consultation To Discuss Your Dog Bite Claim

To arrange a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney, send us an email or call 301-251-8776. We can arrange to meet you at our main office in Rockville, by appointment at our Frederick location or at the hospital anywhere in Maryland. Our lawyers answer the phone 24 hours a day.