The Law On Dog Bites In Maryland And Your Recovery
Dogs are America’s best friend. They are friendly companions that come in all shapes and sizes. But, sometimes, they can be dangerous – even ones that have never had a propensity to bite.
An Overview Of An Owner’s Liability
In the state of Maryland, the law is strict on dog bite liability. In general terms, a dog owner is liable for “any injury, death, or loss to person or property” while “running at large.” The owner is liable even if the dog never exposed prior aggressive tendencies or even if the owner took measure to prevent the attack.
This law applies to both dogs who bite and cause injury but also dogs that attack and cause injury.
Exceptions To The Rule
There are always exceptions to every rule and Maryland’s dog bite law is no different.
Owners will not be responsible for a dog bite or attack if for instance, the individual injured from the dog was trespassing on the owner’s property or the individual injured was teasing or tormenting the dog. There are other situations that will also negate an owner’s responsibility.
How Long Do I Have To File A Claim For Compensation For My Dog Bite Injury?
The statute of limitations for civil claims in Maryland, also referred to as the timeframe to file a lawsuit, is three years from the date of the injury. So, when someone gets bit by a dog, they have three years to take legal action against the owner. This period begins the day the attack happened.
What Is The Statute Of Limitations For Children Bitten?
The statute of limitations is longer when children get bitten by dogs. In these cases, they have up until three years after they turn 18 or until they turn 21.
How Much Money Can I Recover For My Dog Bite Injuries?
The amount of compensation available varies case by case. The total compensation a victim receives depends on many factors, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
If another dog attacked your dog, you could also recover compensation for vet bills.
Experienced Legal Assistance
For those who have suffered injuries from a dog bite or attack in Maryland have the right to pursue compensation. I can help.
I am attorney Elan Rafael, and I assist Baltimore families injured from dog bites or attacks, including children physically and emotionally injured. I can help recover compensation to pay for medical bills, such as emergency room care, doctor visits, surgical procedures – even counseling.
Working With An Insurance Adjuster
It may be tempting to work with the insurance company on a claim without getting legal help involved. This is certainly an option but not advised. This is because you may not know what compensation you may need in the future. Insurance adjusters will often offer a one-lump settlement that will bar any recover in the future.
With my help, I can ascertain every type of compensation you can recover under the law and help you recover what you need today and, in the years, to come.
Call My Office To Schedule A Free Consult
I invite you to call my office to schedule a free consultation to talk about the incident and possible recovery. My consults are always free.
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