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Experienced Washington DC and Maryland Animal Attack Lawyer – Attorney Walter E. Laake, Jr.

Maryland Animal Attack Lawyer

Maryland law regarding animal attacks and dog bites does not automatically impose liability on a dog owner if his or her dog bites another.  It must be proven that the owner acted irresponsibly, either by owning a clearly dangerous animal in the first place, or by not restraining the animal properly, so that the dog could attack its victim.  Maryland animal attack lawyer Walter E. Laake, Jr. can navigate the complicated laws regarding animal attack and dog bites and work for you to recover your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.  Most recently, in 2008, Walter E. Laake, Jr. obtained a $228,000 recovery for a Jessup, Maryland client who had been attacked by a neighbor’s dog while she was jogging in the neighborhood.

While statistically, dogs that are a small breed “bite” more often, these situations typically involve nipping an individual and do little damage because of their size.  However, large breeds, are more likely to bite strangers, and because of their size and massive jaw strength, these attacks can cause devastating injuries and even death.  Some breeds that are most known for biting or mauling are Rottweilers and pit bulls.  Not all dogs of these type are dangerous, however these are the breeds most likely to be dangerous to strangers.

Dog attacks can cause catastrophic injury requiring months of recovery time.  There is the possibility of infection from the wounds, and in the case of a dog that hasn't received the proper shots, there is fear of disease such as rabies and the endless rabies shots that the victim must endure.  Dog bites cause more than just physical pain, and sometimes they also result in nightmares or a dog “phobia”.  Lifelong scarring and loss of limbs can also occur, and in some situations, particularly when a large dog attacks a small child, the attack can cause death.  If you have been injured by a dog bite or have a family member that has suffered injuries from a dog bite, you should contact Maryland animal attack lawyer Walter E. Laake, Jr. today to discuss your personal injury or wrongful death claim.

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