Dog Bite and Animal Attack Lawyer
At Greenblatt & Veliev, LLC, our personal injury attorneys understand the impact a dog attack or animal bite injury can have on the full lifestyles of our Rockville area clients. Pets can attack out of the blue leaving you hurt, afraid, and confused about what to do next.
Let us answer your questions, help you get the care you need, and fight for you against negligent pet owners.
Maryland’s Dog Bite Law
According to Maryland’s dog bite laws, “the owner of a dog is liable for any injury, death, or loss to person or property that is caused by the dog when the dog is running at large.” Unless you were trespassing, committing a crime, or provoking the animal, you are entitled to compensation for your losses, pain, and distress.
The Owner Says They Are Not Responsible
In some states, dog owners can avoid responsibility, being protected by what is often called “the first bite law.” They might claim that their dog never attacked anyone before, so they were not aware of any aggressive behaviors.
Fortunately, in the state of Maryland, pet owners are considered “strictly liable” for the actions of their animals. They are not only legally responsible for any bite injuries suffered by you but also other dog behaviors that result in injury – like jumping and shoving.
This is regardless of how vicious the animal has been in the past or whether the owner knew it would bite or attack people.
Should I Watch Out For A Specific Breed?
You’ve probably heard the term, there are no bad dogs, only bad owners. Owning a pet is a responsibility, especially if you own a breed known for biting. Some dog breeds are found to bite more often than others.
- German Shepherds
- Australian Shepherds
- Cocker Spaniels
- Bull Terriers
- Pit Bulls
- Jack Russell Terriers
Is The Landlord Responsible If A Tenant’s Dog Bites?
Sometimes. A landlord’s liability may depend on several factors, including whether the landlord knew that the tenant was keeping a dangerous dog on the property and whether the landlord had the power to do anything about it.
You will need the help of an experienced law firm such as ours to determine the best way to obtain compensation in your case.
Common Animal Attack Injuries
According to a study from the Center For Disease Control (CDC), close to 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States. 800,000 of those bites result in necessary medical care. Animal attacks can be disfiguring and interfere with your work and your life long after your initial wounds heal.
Dog bites are often on the hands and face, and Children are particularly vulnerable. These wounds can not only be painful but cause emotional trauma that will last a lifetime.
- Fractures & Broken Bones
- Puncture Wounds
- Ripped Or Torn Flesh Wounds
- Eye Injuries
- Scarring & Disfigurement
- Nerve Damage
- Face & Neck Injuries
- Wrongful Death
How Much Compensation Can I Get?
In any type of personal injury case, there are two main sources of compensation.
- Economic Damages – like medical expenses, for example.
- Non-Economic Damages – such as your pain and suffering.
Both sources of compensation are generally higher for more serious injuries because they are usually more painful and require more advanced medical treatment.
Injury Compensation For Animal Attacks
In dog bite cases especially, the victim often ends up with long-lasting or even permanent scars. Although the scars themselves may not cause any pain or disability, they can still count toward your total compensation.
The judge or jury will consider the physical and emotional consequences of your scars and the negative impact they can have on your life. The amount of compensation awarded for scarring often depends on the age of the victim, the location of the scars, and the size of the scars.
A young person with large facial scars is likely to get more compensation than an elderly person with small scars on their legs. The reasoning is that the younger person will face more serious and longer-lasting consequences of the damage to their appearance.
Helping You Heal & Move Forward
Our attorneys care about helping victims and their families move forward after an animal attack. Depending on the size of the dog, the size of the victim, and the severity of the attack, your animal attack injuries can range from a few stitches to multiple surgeries, and even death. We look for any and all resources to cover your medical expenses and provide other compensation.
Our Maryland dog bite attorneys will make sure you get the representation and compensation you deserve.
- Immediate Medical Care
- Surgical Care
- Psychological Care
Get Help In Maryland – Call Now
Learn how the dog bite attorneys at Greenblatt & Veliev, LLC can help you with your personal injury claim by contacting us today. Our lawyers are available 24/7. We also offer free case evaluations to those in Montgomery, Frederick, and Prince George’s counties, as well as surrounding areas in Maryland.