Dogs are supposed to be man’s best friend, but the reality is that there are many animals that attack and harm people each and every day. While dogs are usually friendly, those that do attack can cause severe injuries that leave people disabled or, in some severe cases, dead.
If you or someone you love is attacked by a dog, you need to know that you can make a claim against the dog’s owner. In Maryland, those who own dogs are responsible for their pets’ actions, because they are supposed to be in control of their animals at all times. You can ask them to compensate you for medical bills and other losses that have resulted from the attack.
After a dog bite, take action
If you’re bitten, your first step is going to be to go to the hospital. Depending on where you are and what’s happening, you may want to call 911 or have someone drive you there.
If possible, restrain and contain the animal. If you know the owner, find out about the dog’s vaccination records. If it has none, you may need to be given rabies vaccinations, tetanus shots, antibiotics and other treatments to prevent serious infections from occurring. If you are able to locate the animal, animal control may be able to test it and reduce the need for unnecessary treatments.
After seeking medical care, make your claim
It’s reasonable to ask the owner of a dog to compensate you if you’re injured because of their animal’s actions.
Their homeowners’ insurance may cover the losses you’ve faced. If you were in a vehicle, car insurance may come into play. Usually, there are some types of insurance available in this scenario, so you should not be afraid to reach out and ask for compensation.
As a victim, you have the right to seek fair compensation for what you’ve been through. You may have significant medical bills, time off work and other losses to address, so it is reasonable to ask the other party to pay. It is their negligence that has led to you suffering injuries.