Maryland Dog And Animal Bite Lawyer

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Currently, there are millions of animals roaming the streets of America freely. And unfortunately, even in this day and age, you can still find compounds scattered across the country filled with dogs bred and trained specifically for fighting, a blood sport popular in urban settings. Sadly, as evident by the increased number of neglect cases, animal awareness is not as widespread as is thought. This is not only an alarming situation for abused or neglected animals, but also for the general public—there are numerous safety concerns for the individuals who may find themselves in the path of an abused or angry pet.

With nearly 5 million attacks involving dogs and animals each and every year—from minor bites and scratches to vicious attacks resulting in death—it should come as no surprise that hospitals around the country collectively report around 1,000 daily emergency visits due to dog-related attacks and bites. While death occurs in less than 100 of the dog bites reported each year, hospitalization stemming from bites is all too common, especially among America\'s youth.

Not only are dog and animal bites traumatic and painful but, in addition to the initial damage they inflict, they can also put you at risk for dangerous bacterial infections. One type of infection that is becoming commonly referred to as a superbug stems from dog bites spreading the bacteria strain known as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Particularly disturbing is the fact that the MRSA form of infection is resistant to a variety of effective antibiotics. In addition to MRSA, other serious infections can occur from a dog bite, and though an initial wound may not look overly serious, bacteria planted deep into joint and tendon spaces can cause medical issues later on in life.

If you have been attacked or bitten by an animal, seek medical attention immediately following the occurrence. If you sustain significant injuries that result in medical costs, loss of wages, and pain and suffering, enlisting the services of a Maryland attorney experienced in such cases can be greatly beneficial.

In recent Maryland dog bite news, a 6-year-old boy was attacked by a Rottweiler on Halloween. The family of the boy was with him and witnessed it was unprovoked, as the child was not touching or looking at the dog. He was pointing his flashlight at the ground and not at the dog. The dog attacked him, and the boy needed two surgeries on his face because of the wounds. The woman had said she would put the dog down after the quarantine period, but she later changed her mind.

Unfortunately, Maryland is a one bite state that "does not recognize a separate cause of action for dog owner negligence, and will not permit a victim to recover if his own actions contributed even just one percent to the cause of the accident." A dog and animal bite lawyer will be well-versed in Maryland dog-bite statutes and laws in order to help you recover the maximum amount of damages you are entitled to under Maryland law.

It's highly recommended that you do your best to locate a lawyer who specializes in Maryland dog and animal bite law; however, personal injury lawyers who handle other areas of law can be helpful, too. Keep in mind that successful dog bite and personal injury lawyers should have years of experience and numerous successful dog-bite cases to their credit.

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