Baltimore Dog Bite Lawyer
An encounter with man’s best friend can easily turn into a trip to the emergency room. Dogs are common pets found in millions of homes across the country. Many are loyal companions. While many are sweet pets that would never harm anyone, some dogs are aggressive animals that will chase after humans and cause serious injuries.
Millions of people are bitten by dogs every year. Many of these attacks lead to serious injuries and even death. Children and the elderly face the highest risk of dog attacks.
Getting bitten by a dog is a frustrating situation. Dog owners have a responsibility to make sure their dog does not harm others. They must also actively take steps to ensure their dog does not get loose in a public area.
After a dog bite, you may be concerned primarily with getting prompt medical treatment. You also need to make sure you get enough compensation to pay your medical expenses and other damages. Count on the Baltimore dog bite lawyers at Furman | Honick Law to help you with your case. We know the law and can help you proceed.
Maryland Dog Bite Laws
Dog bite laws vary from state to state. All Maryland dog owners have responsibilities when it comes to their dogs. If your dog injures or kills someone, the law presumes that you should have known that your dog was dangerous. You can present evidence that you did not know your dog was dangerous. Maryland is a strict liability state, which means your dog does not get one free bite, unlike some other states. You could face criminal charges if your dog bites and injures someone. You may face a misdemeanor and a fine of up to $2,500.
If your dog causes injury, death, or property damage, you are legally responsible unless the victim was:
- Trespassing on the owner’s property
- Committing a criminal offense against any person
- Teasing, provoking, or abusing the dog
When is a Dog Dangerous?
A dog is dangerous if it has caused a severe injury or killed someone without provocation, and is deemed to be dangerous by an appropriate agency (such as animal control or law enforcement). A severe injury refers to a physical injury that results in broken bones or disfiguring lacerations. If the injury requires multiple surgeries or cosmetic surgery to repair, then it is considered severe under the law.
Note that if you have a dangerous dog, you must follow certain requirements such as how you may leave the dog unattended on your property and how your dog may leave your property.
Contact Furman | Honick Law Today
Dog bites can cause serious and even fatal injuries. If you have been injured by a dog owner’s negligence, you need to ensure you get adequate compensation for your damages.
Seek legal help from Furman | Honick Law. Our Baltimore dog bite lawyers will assess your case inside and out and help you get the justice that you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, fill out the online form or call (410) 844-6000.