There are few things more jarring than being attacked by a dog. Unfortunately, though most dogs are, of course, good-natured beings, unwarranted dog bites do happen. If you are someone who has been attacked by a dog, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help you heal. Please continue reading and reach out to our Maryland personal injury attorneys to learn more about what we can do for you.
What should I do after being bitten by a dog?
After a dog attack, the first thing you should do is call the police, who will report the incident upon arrival, as well as send an ambulance to transport you for medical treatment. From here, you should ask the dog owner for his or her contact information, as well as anyone who saw the accident occur so they may verify your future personal injury claim. Once you receive medical treatment, ensure you receive all documentation regarding your injuries. Finally, retain the services of a knowledgeable Maryland personal injury attorney who knows how to satisfy the burden of proof and win you the compensation you deserve.
How do I know if I can file a lawsuit for a dog bite in Maryland?
In most cases, in the state of Maryland, if you are bitten by a dog, it is that dog owner’s responsibility. This means that in most cases, you can, in fact, sue a dog owner for an injury sustained in a dog attack. To win these lawsuits, you will have to prove that the dog was not under its owner’s control, meaning the dog in question was either not on a leash or was not on its property. However, if the dog owner can prove that you provoked the attack in some way, either by being unlawfully on his or her property, or were teasing the dog, you may not have a case.
That being said, you will also have to file your claim in accordance with the state’s statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is, generally, three years, which means that in most cases, you will have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the negligent dog owner. Do not make the mistake of waiting too long to file, for if you do, you will most likely be barred from suing.
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