If you are the victim of a dog attack, you are most likely suffering from severe injuries, and are now seeking financial compensation to help you get back on your feet again. Here are some of the questions you may have about the personal injury claims process:
What injuries can a dog attack cause?
Dog attacks can cause the following:
- Loss of limbs
- Broken bones
- Bruises or cuts requiring stitches
- Soft tissue injuries
- Brain injuries
What are the dog bite compensation laws in Maryland?
In Maryland, several scenarios may qualify for financial compensation. For example, if you were injured by a dog that was considered “at large,” you may be entitled to compensation. The term “at large,” in this case, means the dog was either off-premises, unleashed, or not in the immediate presence or control of the owner. Certain dogs should never be allowed to be “at large,” which is why if you were attacked, you may hold the owner liable for letting his or her potentially dangerous dog run free.
Additionally, if you were injured either on public property or while lawfully on private property, you may also qualify for compensation. If you can prove that a dog’s owner either knew, or should have reasonably known that his or her dog would attack, and he or she failed to take the proper safety precautions, such as warning signage, you may be entitled to financial compensation. However, you should know that if you were attacked while trespassing, attempting to trespass, ignored warning signs, or otherwise provoked the attack, you will most likely be denied compensation.
What should I do after I was attacked by a dog?
After a dog attack, you must call the police and seek medical attention immediately. The police can diffuse the situation and write up a report about the incident and how it happened, which you may use to prove your personal injury claim. Additionally, a physician will treat your injuries accordingly and provide you with medical documentation that you may also use to prove your claim. It also cannot hurt to obtain witness contact information so they may confirm your claim if need be. An experienced attorney may also use security camera footage of the accident, pictures of your injuries, and more to help ensure you get the compensation you need. Do not wait–reach out to our firm today.
Contact our experienced Maryland firm
If you have been injured in an accident and wish to speak with an attorney about your best course of action, contact the Law Offices of Albers & Associates today.
Albers & Associates is comprised of experienced personal injury, criminal defense, and family law attorneys. Our firm is proud to serve clients in Baltimore, Maryland. If you require strong legal representation that will fight to protect your future, contact the attorneys at Albers & Associates to schedule a consultation.