Maryland Dog Bite Attorney in the Gaithersburg & Rockville Area
Helping You Seek Medical Compensation After Dog Bite Attacks
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4.5 million U.S. residents are bitten by dogs every year. Of those dog bite attacks, about 70% of them happen to children, and at least 25% of them need medical attention. The physical and emotional scars from animal attacks do not go away overnight. Sometimes these scars remain with a dog bite attack victim for the rest of their life. If you or a loved one has been injured and needs the expertise of a dog bite attorney in the Gaithersburg or Rockville, MD area, call the team at Sussman & Simcox. The attorneys at our firm have a combined 40+ years of experience with dog bite cases and many other types of personal injury claims. We assist dog bite victims of all ages across the state of Maryland and would welcome the opportunity to review your case. Get the legal and medical compensation you deserve when you call our compassionate, competent team for a free confidential consultation. Explore your rights and options with our attorneys!
Common Dog Bite Attack Injuries Resulting in Dog Bite Cases
Many dog bite attack victims end up with permanent scarring or disfigurement requiring reconstructive plastic surgery. Other common injuries from dog bite attacks we see include bruising or puncture wound marks, muscle and nerve damage, broken bones, and head, brain, and spinal cord injuries. Occasionally, a dog bite wound may even result in death. If the dog is not current on it vaccinations, medical experts may require the victim to undergo rabies shots. Dog bite attack victims file personal injury claims to help cover medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages during recovery, pain and suffering, emotional and psychological trauma (many dog bite victims suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), and more.
Maryland’s “One Bite Rule” and How It Affects Dog Bite Cases
Dog owners have a certain responsibility to uphold the public’s safety. According to the Code of Maryland Section 3-1901, “the owner of a dog is liable for any injury, death, or loss to person or property that is caused by the dog, when the dog is running at large.” The only circumstances that would negate this responsibility are if the injured party was trespassing on the owner’s property, was attempting to commit a crime on the owner’s property or another type of criminal offense against the owner or another person, or if the person provoked the attack by teasing or abusing the dog. Maryland generally has a “One Bite Rule” regarding injuries caused by dogs, allowing the owner to avoid liability if the dog has never previously been aggressive.
Owners may be held liable if reasonable care is not taken to prevent aggressive dog behavior, especially if the dog has caused injuries or damages in the past. Dog bite cases may include claims for both strict liability and negligence. According to the Code of Maryland Section 10-619, a dangerous dog is one that “without provocation has killed or inflicted severe injury on a person.” Once a dog has been classified as a dangerous dog, it is up to the owner to take special precautions to prevent further injuries or attacks, including dog muzzles and restraints, when out in public. Owners who fail to adhere to these rules may face both criminal consequences and civil liability for injuries inflicted by the dog.
What to Do When Bit by a Dog: Tips from a Dog Bite Attorney
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog in the state of Maryland, our seasoned dog bite attorneys recommend you take the following actions immediately:
- Seek medical help (even for what appear to be minor injuries)
- Take photos of your dog bite injuries (if it is safe to do so)
- File a police incident report or animal control report to document the attack
- Contact an experienced dog bite attorney to assess your case
Contact Sussman & Simcox for a Free Initial Consultation
If you could use skilled representation from a dog bite attorney in the Gaithersburg or Rockville, MD area, contact Sussman & Simcox today for a free initial consultation. Our law firm specializes in personal injury lawsuits and helping clients reach settlements due to others’ negligence. We would be happy to evaluate your dog bite case to see how we may be of assistance with filing a personal injury claim. Remember, it is always in your best interest to consult a knowledgeable attorney before speaking with the insurance companies to receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to for your injuries. When we represent a dog bite victim, we work behind the scenes to research the dog’s history to determine whether there is any known instance of aggressive behavior. We also work to establish whether there is insurance that would cover injuries caused by the dog, such as homeowners or renters insurance.
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