Although dogs are typically referred to as “man’s best friend” and offer an excellent addition to the family, they are still animals. Unfortunately, they can attack someone without provocation, causing devastating injuries. If dog owner fails to provide their pet with the proper behavioral training, they put others at risk of harm. Dog owners take on a lot of responsibility when they choose to add a dog to their family, from taking care of them to taking the necessary measures to prevent their parts from injuring others. Under certain circumstances, dog owners can be held liable for their pet’s actions. Therefore, you may be entitled to significant compensation if you have suffered a dog attack injury. Please continue reading to learn when you can hold a dog owner responsible for a dog attack injury and how a determined Prince George’s County Dog Bite Lawyer can help you fight for the maximum compensation you are entitled to for the damages you’ve incurred.
When can I sue for a dog attack injury in Maryland?
To protect your legal rights, being aware of Maryland’s dog bite laws is essential. Maryland follows strict liability rules, establishing that dog owners are financially responsible for injuries and property damage caused by their furry companion. Generally, dog owners are responsible when the attack dogs are at large, meaning they were not restrained or off their owner’s premises, or the owner cannot dispute that they knew or should have reasonably known that their dog had dangerous propensities.
Dog attack victims can also file a negligence claim. However, they must prove that the dog owner had a duty to exercise reasonable care to control the animal; they violated that duty, duty causing the injured person harm. An injured person can typically file a claim with the dog’s owner’s liability insurance or a civil lawsuit.
When are dog owners not liable for their pet’s actions?
Although dog owners are usually held responsible for their pet’s actions, there are cases where they may not be held liable for injuries or damages caused by their dogs. If the injured person were committing a crime or trespassing on the dog owner’s property, the dog owner would not be held liable as they did not have consent to enter the property. In addition, if the injured person were provoking, teasing, abusing, or tormenting the dog, antagonizing it to attack, the injured person would not have a valid claim.
If a dog has attacked you or someone you care about, contact a trusted lawyer from Timian & Fawcett, LLC, who can help you pursue the maximum damages you are entitled to.