When dogs are poorly trained, they can be extremely dangerous. Read on to learn more about dog bite injuries in Maryland and what to do if an accident occurs.
Who is responsible for a dog bite in Maryland?
When it comes to a dog bite injury, there are two main parties that may be held responsible:
- The owner: For the most part, the dog owner will be held responsible for any injuries inflicted by the dog. If the dog is not on a leash, or not on its property, when the accident occurs, you will not have to prove that the dog has a history of violence. But, if the dog was on a leash or on its property, you will have to prove that the accident occurred as a result of the owner’s negligence. In this case, you may have to prove that the dog has a history of violence. This can be difficult to do, so it is important to work with an experienced personal injury attorney.
- The victim: There are some cases in which the victim will be held responsible for the accident and will not be able to recover compensation. For example, if the accident occurs while the victim is trespassing on the owner’s property, he or she will likely be held responsible. Additionally, if the owner can prove that the victim was teasing the dog or ignoring warnings to stay away from the dog, the victim will not be able to recover compensation.
Fulfilling the burden of proof:
If you are injured by a dog, you may be able to recover compensation. This is because a dog bite can cause serious injuries, resulting in physical, emotional, and financial burdens. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. To do this, be sure to seek medical attention. It is important to see a doctor immediately after the accident occurs, as your health and safety are the number one priority. Additionally, this can provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries- be sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents. You should also take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. For example, if the dog was not on a leash, it is important to have evidence.
If you have been injured in a dog bite accident in Maryland, our firm is here to help.
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