If you have been injured by way of a dog bite, you may be wondering where you stand legally, wondering what rights you have, wondering who if anyone can be held accountable for the dog’s vicious actions. You may instinctively feel it is only right, just, and fair that someone compensate you for the dog bite injury. Well, Maryland law does not necessarily disagree with this instinctive notion of fairness; put differently, you may have a viable legal case. Whether you will have a viable case–and a viable case worth pursuing–will depend on many factors.
If you do have a viable case, your case will go down one of two paths, both of which may lead to a financial recovery for the dog bite injury you suffered.
The first path was created by legislators in Annapolis. This path, generally speaking, allows you to recover from a dog’s owner when you establish that the dog bite caused your injury–unless, the dog’s owner can establish that he or she did not know and should not have known that the dog had “vicious or dangerous propensities.” The owner of a dog is liable for any injury, death, or loss to person or property that the dog causes.
The second path was created through judicial decisions. This path, in general, allows you to recover from a dog’s owner when you establish that the dog owner’s negligence led to your injury, and that your injury was caused by the dog bite. The dog’s owner is negligent when he or she does something that a reasonable person would not do; the dog’s owner is also negligent when he or she fails to do something that a reasonable person would do.
It is important to note that there are exceptions, rules that may prevent an individual–depending on the circumstances–from getting a financial recovery even when the individual is able to walk down either of the aforementioned paths.
So, if you have suffered a dog bite injury in Maryland, don’t hesitate to talk with an attorney. You may have questions or concerns about your situation, and I invite you to call me today. I can answer your legal questions and would love to talk with you. You can reach me at 410-513-9978 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.