Have you or a loved one been injured by a dog bite? Contact our law office at William G. Kolodner P.A. at (410) 837-2144 for a free consultation with our Baltimore dog bite lawyers. You may be able to recover much-needed compensation to help pay for medical bills and other costs related to the injury.
Our firm has helped hundreds of clients hold the responsible party accountable after dog bites and other accidents. Contact our legal team today to discuss your case.
Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer If You’ve Suffered a Dog Bite in Baltimore
At William G. Kolodner P.A., we work tirelessly to provide Maryland injury victims world-class legal services.
So, when you hire our personal injury lawyers in Baltimore to help you with your dog bite case, we will:
Walk You Through the Legal Process
If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation. However, you might not know what steps you need to take to claim what is rightfully yours.
When you hire the legal team from William G. Kolodner P.A., you won’t need to figure out Maryland’s complex rules of civil procedure alone. Our attorneys will be on-hand to walk you through the process and answer any questions that you may have along the way.
Handle Your Case’s Paperwork Load
Personal injury cases in the state of Maryland typically involve a lot of paperwork. From filing the documents in court to requesting evidence from third parties, the list of forms to fill out can sometimes feel neverending.
When you have William G. Kolodner P.A., on your side, you won’t need to worry about completing lengthy legal forms. Our attorneys and paralegals will handle it all on your behalf while making sure that every document is filled out accurately and filed in a timely manner.
Negotiate a Settlement on Your Behalf
The vast majority of dog bite lawsuits in the state of Maryland are resolved when the plaintiff and the defendant’s insurance company negotiate a private settlement. Of course, these agreements don’t come together overnight. Successful negotiations take a lot of time, hard work, and dedication.
The attorneys at William G. Kolodner P.A., have negotiated with countless penny-pinching insurance companies over the years. As such, we understand the best tactics and techniques to use to convince them to improve their offers. When we represent you, we will work tirelessly to try to land you a favorable deal.
Would you like to hire an attorney from William G. Kolodner P.A., in Baltimore, to help you with your battle for compensation? If so, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call.
An Overview of Maryland’s Dog Bite Laws
Over the past couple of decades, the state of Maryland has updated its dog bite statute on several occasions. The most recent update was signed into law by Gov. Martin O’Malley in 2014.
The law places strict liability on dog owners whenever their animal attacks and injures a human being. In other words, the state assumes that the dog’s owner knew or should have known that their pet was dangerous – and they are therefore responsible for the animal’s actions.
Under Maryland law, it is possible for a dog owner to dispute the imposition of strict liability. To do so, they must claim and prove that they could not possibly have known that their animal was likely to attack someone.
Of course, even when dog owners are successful in their attempts to get their strict liability rescinded, they are still not off the hook for damages. If the attack victim can prove that the owner failed to take reasonable care when handling or restraining their animal, they may be able to hold them liable under Maryland’s general negligence laws.
In most cases, dog owners can only avoid paying out compensation if they can prove one of that one of the following two circumstances existed at the time of the attack:
The Victim Was Trespassing on the Owner’s Property
It is not uncommon for families in Maryland to use dogs as a means to protect their property. State law explains that individuals who are bitten by dogs while trespassing on the owner’s property are not entitled to recover any compensation.
The Victim Was Partially At-Fault for the Attack
Civil law in the state of Maryland operates on a pure contributory negligence basis. This rule means that, if a victim is found to be partially to blame for an accident, they lose the right to recover compensation. Individuals who are caught provoking the dog that attacked them typically fall into this category.
The attorneys at William G. Kolodner P.A., are experienced in all facets of Maryland’s dog bite statutes. If you have been injured by a dog in the City of Baltimore, and need someone to stand up and help you fight for financial compensation, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
Dog Bite Accidents – Understanding the Statistics
Most Baltimoreans are aware that human beings are bitten by dogs with a frightening degree of regularity in their city and throughout the nation. This fact is perhaps best evidenced by the following alarming statistics published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Between 2001 and 2003, more than 4.5 million Americans were bitten by dogs each year.
- Of those who were bitten, approximately 885,000 required medical attention.
- Children are more likely than adults to require medical attention for a dog bite.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, the following dog breeds were responsible for the vast majority of these bites:
- Pit bulls
- German shepherds
- Mixed breeds
No matter what kind of dog attacked you, the lawyers at William G. Kolodner P.A., in Baltimore, MD, are ready, willing, and able to help you fight for compensation. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with a member of our skilled legal team.
Common Injuries Sustained By Dog Bite Victims in Baltimore
The injuries sustained by dog bite victims in the City of Baltimore vary significantly from one case to the next. In most instances, the nature and severity of their injuries are determined by factors, such as:
- The breed and size of the dog
- The location of the bite
- The duration of the attack
Some of the most common injuries sustained by individuals who are attacked by dogs include:
- Nerve damage
- Muscle and ligament damage
- Fractured bones
Of course, dog bites don’t just result in physical injuries. They can also transmit serious, life-threatening diseases, like:
Have you been forced to seek medical treatment after a dog attack in Baltimore, MD? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer from William G. Kolodner P.A., today to learn more about your legal options.
Compensation in Maryland Dog Bite Lawsuits
When deciding how much money to pay out for dog bite injuries, judges and insurance companies typically look at a broad range of factors. These tend to include:
- The severity of the victim’s injury
- The victim’s expected recovery timeline
- The victim’s expected point of maximum medical improvement
- The victim’s long-term disabilities
- The disruption caused to the victim’s career or education
Regardless of the size of their eventual payout, almost everyone who files a valid dog bite claim can recover compensation for at least a few of the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Ongoing healthcare expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Would you like some more information about how compensation is calculated in Maryland dog bite cases? Then please do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at William G. Kolodner P.A. We are always available to provide our friends and neighbors in Baltimore with the information they need.
Need a Baltimore Dog Bite Lawyer? Contact Our Law Firm Today
When the people of Baltimore need someone to help them fight for compensation after an animal attack, they know they can count on the legal team at William G. Kolodner P.A. Our attorneys have years of experience in the legal field and a comprehensive understanding of Maryland’s dog bite laws. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can assist you with your personal injury case.