Recovering From Dog Attack Injuries

by Monty Yolles on October 18, 2012

Recovering from a Dog Attack

A personal injury lawsuit can arise from any injury you receive in an accident, especially if the accident could have been reasonably prevented or was caused by the negligence of another person or company.  An owner’s failure to control his animal and protect others from injury at his home or place of business fits a premises liability or simple negligence theory.  Depending on the type of animal and its propensity for viciousness, the owner may also be liable under a strict liability theory.

Dog attacks can result in serious injuries, sometimes leading to surgery, infections, and disfigurement.  Each county in Maryland and the District of Columbia maintain Animal Control offices.  Animal Control should be contacted as soon as possible after a dog attack, not only to report the attack, but also to find out if Animal Control received any earlier reports of attacks by the same dog.

Under a simple negligence theory, the owner of a dog may be held liable for damages proximately caused by the animal if the owner exercised ineffective control of the dog in a situation where it would reasonably be expected that injury could occur. Factors to consider when determining assessing a proper degree of control include the past behavior of the dog and whether injuries to others were reasonably foreseeable.

In a similar premises liability theory, the injured person must present evidence to show that the owner exercised insufficient control of the dog, resulting to injury to another at the owner’s home or business.  The proof is essentially the same as a simple negligence case, but if the accident happened at the dog owner’s home or business, then the owner’s homeowner’s insurance or business liability coverage may be available.

If the owner knew or should have known that the dog had a propensity for viciousness, either by virtue of his breed, training, or previous behavior, then the owner may be liable under the theory of strict liability.

Like we’ve said before, every case is fact-specific, and you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to evaluate the facts related to your case and help you choose the right course of action. 

At The Yolles Legal Group, we will fight for your rights and seek monetary damages if you were injured due to another person or company’s negligence.  Monty Yolles, founder of THE YOLLES LEGAL GROUP, is an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney who can review your case and help you navigate the legal system on your road to recovery.  Call Monty Yolles today at (301)670-0443 to discuss your case, or send an email inquiry to monty@yolleslaw.com.

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