Recover Physically And EmotionallyAnimal attacks leave lasting visible and invisible injuries
Annapolis dog bite lawyer, Maria Patterson, handles dog bite cases and other injuries caused by dogs in Anne Arundel County. Pet owners may be liable for injuries caused by dog bites, dogs chasing people or pets knocking people over. Patterson law has helped dog bite clients recover from everything from post-traumatic stress disorder to keloid scars. Patterson Law has guided clients as varied as a lady recovering from a neck surgery that was knocked over by a “friendly” dog to an NFL prospect who had his career ended by a pit bull attack through the recovery process.
The laws governing dog owners have continued to evolve in Maryland and Anne Arundel County. The Maryland Court of Appeals recently imposed strict liability for Pit Bull Terrier owners and land owners with the ability to control pit bulls on their property. This is a dramatic change in the law.
Strict Liability for Pit Bull Attacks
In the case of Tracey v. Solesky, the parents of a child attacked by a pit bull owned by the landlord’s tenant sued the landlord. Animal attack and dog bite cases in Maryland prior to the April 26, 2012 decision required plaintiffs to establish that the owner or landlord knew or should have known that the particular animal was dangerous.
To hold a pit bull owner (or an individual with the right to control the pit bull on the property) liable for an attack or dog bite the following elements must be established:
- The animal that committed the attack was a pit bull or a pit bull mix;
- The defendant was the owner or a person with the right to control the pit bull or pit bull mix on the premises; and
- The defendant knew or had reason to know that the dog was a pit bull or a pit bull mix.
Please call 301-888-HURT for dog bite lawyer Maria Patterson to schedule a free consultation. Patterson Law’s offices are located in Annapolis, Maryland by the Anne Arundel Medical Center.