Dogs are part of our families. We bring them into our homes to live with us and spend time with us each day. We take good care of these animals since they are more than just that. They are part of the family. Some form of training may be needed for dogs since they may not act appropriately at first. They need to be trained so that they do not urinate in the house and that they are on a walk schedule. Their training should also include behavioral training to teach them how they should be acting on a normal basis. They should not be acting in an aggressive manner that could potentially harm another individual. This can lead to an injury and a legal situation.
When your pet attacks another individual, you may be held liable for this accident and the injuries that the individual suffered from due to your pet. Although you may have trained your dog to the best of your ability, accidents can happen where the dog acts out of character. This may still lead to someone seeking legal action against you on behalf of your dog’s actions. However, there may be certain situations where you are not held liable. If the dog was provoked or the injured individual trespassed onto your property, they may not be able to seek legal action against you. But if the dog was known to have a previous history of aggressive behavior, this can be used to prove that you should be held liable for the dog’s attack on the injured individual.
Can I gain damages?
For dog bite cases, you may be able to recover compensation. This compensation can cover the cost of medical bills that the injured individual had to pay to cover their doctor’s visit from the dog’s attack. This can be useful for them since they will not have to pay out of pocket for this bill. Instead, the liable party will be responsible for covering the cost of these bills. Damages for emotional trauma may also be sought in more serious cases where a dog was known to have a history of aggressive behavior that could have been deemed dangerous to others.
Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC is comprised of experienced personal injury, criminal defense, and family law attorneys. Our firm is proud to serve clients in Baltimore, Maryland. If you require strong legal representation that will fight to protect your future, contact the attorneys at Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC to schedule a consultation.