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Dog Bites Back

When a Dog Bites a Child

| October 29, 2021

While dog bite cases are often a source of ridicule, the reality is that dog attacks can result in serious injuries. This is particularly the case when a dog attacks a child. If your child has been bitten by a dog and suffered a serious injury, you may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills and other losses. With offices in Laurel, Waldorf, and Leonardtown, dog bite lawyer Thomas E. Pyle can help you get the compensation you need for your child to make a full recovery. 

Why Dog Bite Cases Involving Children Are Unique 

Because of their size and weight, children are particularly vulnerable when it comes to dog attacks and often suffer severe injuries. 

  • Due to their size, children’s faces are often on the same level as the dog’s mouth, making it easy for them to suffer facial injuries. Some of these injuries can be permanently disfiguring. 
  • Children are not as strong as adults and are unable to physically restrain or fight off the dog. 
  • Children have smaller limbs and hands, making it easier for the dog to get their mouths around their arms or legs. As a result, they tend to suffer significantly more severe injuries to their arms, legs, and hands. 

When a child is bitten by a dog, they often suffer puncture wounds, torn ligaments and tendons, eye injuries, nerve damage, and broken bones. Your child may require extensive medical treatment which can be quite expensive, even when most of the cost is covered by your health insurance.  

In addition, children often lack the emotional maturity to process the trauma of a dog attack. As a result, a dog attack can result in severe emotional and psychological trauma for a child including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Healing these wounds can be especially difficult, sometimes requiring years of counseling and therapy.  

Why You Need a Maryland Dog Bite Lawyer to Pursue a Claim

Maryland law is fairly complicated when it comes to pursuing a claim for dog bite injuries. In cases where the dog was running loose, the law applies a strict liability standard – the owner can be held liable for your child’s injuries simply by virtue of the fact that they were bitten. If the dog was not loose, the law applies a negligence standard. However, there are a number of factors that could complicate your case: 

  • Your child was trespassing on the dog owner’s property
  • Your child was teasing or provoking the dog
  • The dog had never attacked anyone before and the owner was unaware of its aggressive nature
  • Your child was warned by the owner to stay away from the dog

The outcome of your claim depends on the facts and how the law applies to your case. A Maryland dog bite lawyer will know how the law applies and be able to identify the important facts to support your claim. 

Contact The Law Offices of Thomas E. Pyles if Your Child Has Been Injured by a Dog

Thomas E. Pyles has been helping injured families get the compensation they need to rebuild their lives for over 30 years. If your child has suffered a dog bite injury, contact us today at 301-705-5006 or visit one of our three locations in Leonardtown, Laurel, or Waldorf.