A dog is a wonderful addition to the family. They provide unbridled love and loyalty. A good dog is often the result of a good owner. Dogs need to be trained and monitored for adverse behaviors. While some dog owners go beyond the call of duty, others do not provide as much training, care, or attention. A bad dog owner puts others at risk.
A dog has the potential to do real harm. A dog bite can rip flesh, tendons, muscular tissue, and even break bones. The results can be devastating. In many of these cases, the dog owner is responsible. It is important to discuss your case with an experienced attorney who can assess your case, guide you through your legal options and effectively represent your needs in court. If you have been injured by a dog and believe that negligence is a factor, contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.
Dog Bite Laws in Maryland
If a person is bitten by a dog, the owner could be held responsible, depending on the circumstances. For one, a dog does not need a history of violence for the owner to be liable for damages if the dog bit someone while “at large”, meaning that the dog was off premises without restraints or otherwise not under the control of the owner. If a person was bitten by a dog and that dog was leashed, on the owner’s property, or otherwise “controlled”, the victim may need to prove negligence. If the dog did have a history of violence, it is assumed that the owner knew or should have known about it. Another factor in dog bite personal injury cases is contributory negligence. If the victim’s conduct caused the accident, he or she may not be entitled to damages. This can include trespassing or the attempt to trespass on the dog owner’s property, committing or attempting to commit a crime on the owner’s property, committing or attempting to commit a criminal offense against another person, ignoring warnings to stay away from the dog, or somehow antagonizing the dog.
Collecting evidence of negligence
Collecting evidence in support of a personal injury case is important. The first step is to seek medical attention. Not only does this allow for the victim to get the medical care he or she needs, it also documents the injury and how it happened. It is important for the victim to collect information or have an attorney’s team act on his or her behalf. An attorney should be able to collect the contact information from the dog owner and explore the history of the dog. Important factors for the victim include the dog’s medical history, namely its rabies shot history, and any classification as a dangerous or potentially dangerous animal. If the attorney can prove that the dog has “vicious propensity” and the owner acted carelessly, the victim could be entitled to damages and the owner could face criminal charges.
Contact a Washington dog bite attorney
Timian & Fawcett, LLC is an experienced Maryland and Washington, D.C. personal injury law firm fighting for victims of negligence. If you were bitten by a dog, your life and livelihood could be deeply affected by the results of the incident. Our firm is ready to help you pursue maximum damages allowed by law. For a consultation with an experienced law firm, contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.