Bitten By a dog? Know your Rights.
Have you been attacked by a dog? Thousands are attacked by dogs in the United States every year. The first thing you should do after being attacked is to call the police and seek medical attention. After all of your injuries have been taken care of and you are safe, it might be time to consider if you need a Maryland dog bite lawyer.
Albers & Associates has offices conveniently located in Columbia, Towson, Frederick, and Westminster, Maryland. Our offices service the entirety of Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, and Howard County, MD with top-rated and reviewed legal services.
What Do You Do Now?
After seeking medical help, it is very important to gather the necessary information. The name and number of the owner is a crucial piece of information that your lawyer will need. The names and numbers of any witnesses could also prove to be essential information to help your Maryland dog bite lawyer build your case. One of the last important pieces of information for you to receive is the police report number, this will be important when your lawyer is working to build the case.
How do Dog Bite Suits Work?
Dog bite cases are similar to other personal injury cases in Maryland, as negligence plays a crucial role. In most cases, the suit is brought against the owner of the dog. In many states, like Maryland, they have what is called strict liability where the owner of the dog is almost always held liable. Some exceptions to the strict liability could be if the victim was trespassing or if they provoked the dog.
What Can You Win From Your Suit?
Many dog bite cases are never brought to court and are instead concluded with a settlement. Those that do go to court, can receive compensation from the following means:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Reduction in earning capacity
- Future medical expenses
If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog and believe someone else is at fault, contact the Maryland personal injury lawyers at Albers & Associates for a free consultation (443) 665-8030. You could be entitled to compensation.