If you have been bitten by a dog and sustained serious injury, then we suggest speaking with a Takoma Park, MD dog bite lawyer as soon as you can. There is likely to be physical and emotional damage from the incident and you may need compensation for medical care. It is our mission at Antezana & Antezana, LLC to protect the rights of those wrongfully injured from aggressive animals. Our efforts are focused on helping you get payment for medical treatment, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other types of damages. If you have questions after a dog bite incident, please contact our team today.
Even if it is obvious to you that a dog had attacked you, by law, you have to show evidence that supports your claims. In the state of Maryland, there are a couple routes you can take to recover compensation for your injuries, including through strict liability and negligence. The former refers to a type of liability where no negligence or fault can be proven. If you were injured by a dog and the owner allowed them to be free enough to cause damage, you could sue the owner on the basis of strict liability. If the owner was permitting the animal to run loose freely and you were not provoking the animal, attempting to commit a crime, or trespassing, the owner is required to pay you for your injuries and other loss. The second route would be to prove the owner was being negligent. In such a case like this, your Takoma Park dog bite lawyer would have to show that the owner owed you a duty of care to keep you safe and they failed to do so, which led to their dog biting you.
You may consider working with the dog owner or an insurance company to recoup your losses as quickly as possible. But, not all injuries may be immediately noticeable after the dog bite, and the mental impacts could take time to become apparent. For instance, you may suddenly start to have fear when being around dogs when you had not had that same fear before. Or perhaps the dog bite wound itself at first did not seem infected but then it developed as time went by. Insurance companies want to offer you a settlement and then close your case so that any other losses after the fact have to be paid out of your own pocket. If you have a lawyer helping you through this process, you won’t have to worry about being taken advantage of by insurance companies who don’t have your best interest at heart.
Dog bites can be terrifying to go through. One minute you may have been going about your business when out of nowhere a loose dog attacked you. Or maybe you had been interacting with an animal that seemed friendly, but the owner failed to prevent you from being attacked by their dog that they knew was dangerous. Whatever the case may be, if you were injured and had not provoked the animal, then we suggest speaking with our team at Antezana & Antezana LLC today. A Takoma Park dog bite lawyer can consult with you further and then suggest a path to receiving fair compensation.