It's not the dog's fault if you or your child gets bitten. But it is the responsibility of whoever owns the dog. Maryland law holds that dog owners are liable for what their pets do. This is important because a certain percentage of dog bites are extremely serious and can cause facial scarring, heart attacks and even death — even when the attack is by a small dog of a breed that "wouldn't hurt a fly." When people suffer such serious injuries, they or their survivors are entitled to compensation.
Maryland Animal Attack Lawyer
Under state law, dog owners may be held liable in two different ways. One, they may be negligent — letting the dog run free, not keeping the dog under leash control. Two, they may have known the dog was capable of violence, but they took no measures to keep the dog from harming people.
This is a difficult area of law. Almost everyone likes dogs and appreciates the good company and love they furnish to their owners. At the same time, when small children are badly mutilated, it is clear that something must be done.
At Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott, LLC, our attorneys have had good success obtaining compensation for dog bites and other animal attacks.
The typical dog bite case involves making a claim against the dog owner's homeowners insurance. The insurance route is usually a better opportunity than suing the individual; people who own dangerous dogs often have limited assets.
Were you the victim of an animal attack? Contact the Bowie dog bite lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott, LLC, at any of these three numbers:
- 24-hour hotline: 240-893-RGPH (240-893-7474)
- Local office number: 301-850-7349
- Toll-free number: 800-237-3137