Compensation for Dog Bite InjuriesNovember 29, 2018
In August of 2018, a UPS delivery driver was viciously attacked by three German Shepherds as she was delivering a letter to the home where the dogs lived. The victim was lucky to survive the attack, but with the exception of her face she suffered from multiple dog bites all over her body. The bites were so severe that she had to undergo multiple surgeries to repair the damage.
Because she was on the job when the accident happened, Workers’ Compensation will likely cover the costs associated with the injuries. However, she may also be able to file a third-party liability claim against the owner of the dogs.
If you have been bitten by a dog while on the job, an experienced Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyer can recommend the best legal course of action based on the nature of the accident.
When a worker suffers an injury while on the job, Workers’ Compensation covers the costs associated with the injury, including medical expenses, prescriptions, physical therapy, and lost wages. This includes dog bite injuries that can occur when a worker’s job requires him or her to step foot on private property, either to drop off a package, or to otherwise knock on a resident’s door, and an aggressive dog attacks.
In addition to the physical injuries, the victims are often traumatized by the attack, and can suffer from emotional issues like PTSD.
It is very important that the worker reports the injury as soon as possible, so that the employer can file an injury report, and the injured worker can file a Workers’ Compensation claim.
Other Compensation Options
In addition to Workers’ Compensation benefits, a victim may also file a personal injury lawsuit against the owner of the dog. In the state of Maryland, a dog bite victim has three years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Under the rules that were established in 2014, the owner of the dog is strictly liable for the injuries and other damages related to the dog’s aggressive behavior. Strict liability means that anyone who owns a dog is responsible for any damage, or injuries, it may cause.
If the dog bite victim can prove that the owner did not provide reasonable care for the dog, which caused the dog to become aggressive, he or she may pursue a civil lawsuit against the owner of the dog. This also applies to other injuries, including broken bones, lacerations, or head injuries that can occur from being knocked over by a large dog.
In a civil lawsuit, the owner of the dog may claim that the victim was trespassing on private property, or that he or she provoked the dog. In Maryland, the contributory fault rule says that the victim is barred from receiving any compensation if he or she is even partly responsible for causing the attack, or if the victim was trespassing.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Dog Bite Victims
If you have been bitten by a dog while on the job, there are a number of options available to you, including filing a Workers’ Compensation claim. The Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton will help you navigate the claims process and explain all other options available, including a personal injury lawsuit and a civil lawsuit, depending on the nature of the incident. We will work tirelessly to secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.