Dog Bite Attorneys in Columbia, Maryland
Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates knows that dogs are important members of the family. When they are properly trained, they can be a great companion for people young and old. However, when a dog is not properly trained, it can be unpredictable and vicious, and can even cause serious harm to others. If you are attacked by a dog, you can suffer very serious injuries including, torn muscles, broken bones, scarring, and other painful injuries that may even require surgery. The dog’s owner may be held liable for your injuries but it requires you, the injured party, to prove that they were at fault. This isn’t an easy task, so it is important to consult with an experienced attorney. For over 30 years, Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates has helped injured clients recover compensation for their injuries. Let us help you, too. Contact our firm today.
Dog Bite Laws in Maryland
In many dog bite cases, the dog’s owner is the party who is liable. Many states require that the injured party proves the dog’s history of violence if the dog was not under the owner’s control but Maryland is not one of them. If a dog was not on a leash or contained on the owner’s property and attacked you, the owner can be held liable regardless of their history. Just the fact alone that the dog was “at large” can show that the dog’s owner was being negligent. In some cases, attacks can happen while the dog was on a leash, on the owner’s property, or under the owner’s control. If these circumstances are present in your situation, you may have to look into the dog’s history of violence, among other factors, to prove negligence.
If you were trespassing on the dog owner’s property or did anything to taunt the dog before it attacked you, your case may not be valid. If it is determined that you had any sort of involvement in causing the dog to injure you, it may fall under Maryland’s contributory negligence premise. This means that you were the negligent party so you cannot take legal action against the owner of the dog. Of course, every case is different so it is important to discuss your options with an experienced attorney.
After an Attack
If you were attacked by a dog, it is important that you start collecting evidence and information as soon as possible. Be sure to get the contact information of the dog’s owner and determine whether the dog had all of its vaccinations, especially for rabies. If there were any witnesses to the attack, obtain their contact information as well. You should seek medical attention immediately so your injuries can be documented by medical professionals. This will be critical in your case.
Contact our Firm
Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates has over 30 years of experience representing victims of dog attacks. Our firm can help you pursue justice. Your future can be seriously affected by the aftermath of a dog bite, both physically and financially. If you have a viable personal injury case, we are the firm for you. Our consultations are always free and we aren’t paid unless you are. If you need an attorney that will help collect evidence and fight for compensation on your behalf, do not hesitate to give us a call today.