Our Baltimore Dog Bite Lawyer Supports You After an Animal Attack
Pets are supposed to be fun, but our Baltimore dog bite lawyer knows that’s not always the case. Dogs in particular, are “man’s best friend.” They’ll lay with you when you’re sick, play when you feel like playing, protect the house from intruders, and love a good old-fashioned ear-rub. However, hundreds of people are seriously injured or killed every year in dog attacks, especially children and the elderly.
Dog attacks are commonly the subject of premises liability claims. If you’ve been injured in a dog attack, Baltimore Dog Bite Lawyer John J. Leppler can help you recover all the damages you deserve – and need – for your injuries.
Dog Bite Laws in Maryland
According to the Maryland law, “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.”
However, an owner is not liable if the injured person was:
- Trespassing or attempting to trespass on the owner’s property,
- Committing or attempting to commit another crime other than trespassing on the owner’s property,
- Committing or attempting to commit a criminal offense against any other person, or
- Provoking, abusing, teasing, or tormenting the dog.
Maryland’s law applies to injuries inflicted by other types of dog behavior in addition to dog bites. For example, if a dog runs up and jumps on a pedestrian walking down the sidewalk, knocking the pedestrian down and causing injury, the dog’s owner can be held liable for those injuries.
Maryland’s Strict Liability Law
Section 3-1901 of Maryland law is a “strict liability” rule, which means the dog’s owner is responsible for damages caused by the dog even if the owner took reasonable care to prevent the dog from causing injuries and even if the owner did not know the dog would act aggressively. This is as opposed to various other state laws, which only hold owners responsible if they know the dog may act aggressively; for example, has bitten before. These laws are known as “one bite” rules.
The law in Maryland includes a rebuttable presumption that the owner “knew or should have known” the dog was dangerous if the dog had injured or killed someone in the past.
Damages Available To You After a Dog Bite or Animal Attack
If you have been injured in a dog attack in Maryland, you may be able to recover:
- Lost income due to missed work receiving medical treatment,
- Medical expenses, including copays and deductibles,
- Pain and suffering caused by the dog attack, and
- Psychological trauma, such as severe anxiety, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PSD).
A Baltimore Dog Bite Lawyer Can Help You If You’ve Been Attacked By a Dog
At the Law Office of John J. Leppler, we understand the physical and mental trauma associated with dog attacks. You have legal options as a victim of a dog bite or other animal injury. Contact us online or by phone at (443) 955-1989 for a same-day response to schedule your free consultation.