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The objective of this webstite is to familiarize you with the basic concepts of dog bite cases and to proivde effective represention in dog bite cases that occurred in Maryland.

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In order for an injured person to collect as the result of being bitten by a dog, or other animal, the injured person must be able to prove that the owner of the dog, or the person who had custody of the dog, was negligent, unless it can be shown elements of strict liability are present.

The fundamental elements of negligence are duty, breach, cause and injury. A duty may arise from a relationship between a dog owner and an injured person such as the dog owner inviting the injured person onto the dog owner's property. A breach of that duty may occur when the dog owner failed to control the dog and as the direct result of the failure of control, the injured person was bitten.

In order for an injured person to recover damages from the owner of the dog, or the person who had control of the dog, the injured person must be able to prove that the owner of the dog owed a duty to the injured person, that the dog owner breached the duty owned to the injured person, that as the result of the breach of the duty owed, the plaintiff suffered injury.

A breach of the duty can occur if the person owing the duty fails to take certain action in connection with the duty owed to the injured person called the plaintiff, such as failing to maintain the dog in a fenced yard or secured area or failing to keep the dog on a leach.

In the event that a dog owner allows a dog to stray in public, or if the dog owner had knowledge that the dog had bitten people in the past, the probable result is that the the dog owner will be held to be negligent. If the dog owner did not know that the dog had bitten a person in the past or did not allow the dog to stray, a probable result is that the dog owner will not be held to be negligent. In many cases knowledge of a prior bite can make the difference in winning or losing a case.

In Maryland, if the injured party is found to be contributorly negligent, the injured party may not recover damages.

Contributory negligence is the act or ommission of of an injured person that may have also caused or contributed to the injury. As an example, if the injured party was teasing the dog, the injured party may be found to have contributed to his or her own injures. In Maryland, when contributory negligence is present, the injured person will not be able to recover damages against the dog owner.

Injury to the victim is frequently measured in financial terms. Courts have discretion to guage and award financial damages to compensate for any pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of income and other losses. In determining whether the breach was a proximate cause of the harm, the court will typically ask if the harm would have occurred as the result the breach in question. In some cases the elements of negligence and breach can be satisfied by the circumstances regardless of other actual facts. This situation is referred to as negligence per se. Negligence per se can occur a special law exits in place that the negligent party breaks resulting in harm to the injured person.

Even if the dog owner, or person having control over the dog was negligent, the injured party may not be able to collect or be awarded damages if the injured person was found to have commited contributory negligence. This means that that the injured party was injured, in part due to his or her own negligence.

How much is your case worth?

Once an injured person can prove that he or she is entited to damages, an issue arises how much the case is worth or what is the nature and extent of damages the inured person can recover from the negligent person or person who owned the dog.

The most frequent type of damages that can be recovered are called compensatory damages. The object of compensatory damages is to place the person being bitten by the dog in the same position that he or she was in had the bite not take place. These damages can inlcude such items as loss of wages, damages to personal property, pain and suffering, scarring or disfigurement.

Another type of damages called punitive damages are awarded to attempt to prevent the wrong doer from repeating the negligent conduct.

Helpful Legal Terms to be Aware Of

Court Reporter - - Official of the court who keeps a record of judicial proceedings.

Court Rules -Procedures that control the court proceedings. Court rules control documents submitted to the tribunal.

Criminal Contempt - any act tending to bring the tribunal into discredit or disrupt the proceedings. Criminal contempt can be either direct or indirect. Direct contempt involves disrespectful activity in the presence of the judge that interferes with the action of judicial proceedings; it is illegal without a hearing and punishable by a fine or imprisonment. Indirect contempt involves wilful insubordination of judicial orders forth from the court, which tends to hinder court orders.

Cross-Claim - Action by co-defendants or co-plaintiffs against persons on the face of the complaint.

Precedent - Previous judgement guiding the decisions of cases.

Preponderance of the evidence - standard of proof; amount of evidence that must be presented to prevail in most civil actions.

Presentment - Finding by a grand jury. A presentment ordinarily does not permit felony charges.

Prima Facie - Presumably. Fact accepted as true unless disproved by evidence to the contrary. Prima facie information stands until contradicted and overturned by other evidence.

Cross-Examination - Questions asked of a witness by the opposing party.

Decree - Judicial order.

Defamation - Injury to a person's honor. Slander is verbal disparagement while libel is written; however, in Maryland, the distinction has been abolished and both injuries are covered under the term "defamation."

Default - Failure to respond to a proceeding.

Counsel - attorney

Counterclaim - Allegation by the suspect in a lawsuit against the plaintiff.

Probate - Process by which assets are gathered; applied to pay the expenses of administration, debts, and taxes; and distributed to those designated as beneficiaries in the will.

Probate Tribunal - Court supervising probate.

Probation - Procedure in which a suspect is released by the court without incarceration.

Probative Evidence - Grounds tending to show something.

Pro Bono Publico - Free of charge.

Default Assessment - Judgment against a personal who fails to comply with a civil order.

Court - Government entity empowered to solve disputes..

Court Clerk - Officer who oversees the non-judicial, administrative activities of the court.

Court Costs - Expenses of a lawsuit.

Public Defender - Court-appointed attorney for indigent defendants.

Punitive Redress - Indemnity awarded beyond compensatory damages to penalize the defendant for wrongdoing.

Quash - To vacate a writ.

Real Holding - Object, buildings, and otherwise improvements fixed to the ground.

Exhibits -Document or object which is formally introduced in an action.

Exigent Circumstances - Circumstances that, for example, would forgive an otherwise culpable action.

Exonerate - clear.

Ex Parte - On behalf of one party only.

Principal - Primary.

Privilege - right.

Expungement - Official erasure of a record.

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Points - Penalty imposed by the Motor Vehicle Administration.

Polling the Jury - The act, after a jury verdict has been announced, of asking jurors separately whether they hold with the finding.

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Pour-Over Will - A will that leaves several or all estate assets to a trust before the will-maker's demise.

Probable Cause -Evidence required before a person or residence may be searched or seized by law enforcement.

Probable Cause to arrest exists when the facts and circumstances within the officers' knowledge and of which the officers had reasonable belief are sufficient to justify the conclusion that a defendant has committed or is committing a wrongdoing.

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Probable Cause to search exists when the facts and circumstances within the officers' knowledge and of which the officers had reasonably trustowrthy information are sufficient to persuade a reasonable person that evidence of a crime would be recovered in the location identified.

Ex Post Facto - After the fact.

Express Warranty - An affirmation by a vendor to the buyer that is relied upon by the purchaser in agreeing to a sale.

Prejudice - Detriment.

Power of attorney - Positive control of a individual to act in the interests of another who is inadequate of managing his or her own concerns or property.

Preliminary Proscription - Court arrangement requiring action or inaction until a dispute can be resolved.

Pre-Sentence Investigation - A report of the litigant by the Division of Corrections, returnable to the sentencing functionary on or before pronouncement of sentence.

Good Time - A reduction in a prison sentence as a reward for good behavior. It ordinarily is one-third to one-half off the peak time.

Grand Jury - A panel onvened to determine whether information against a litigant justifies an indictment.

Grantor or Settlor - Person who establishes a trust.

Fugitive - A person who flees from one state to another to avoid prosecution.

Garnishment - A judicial proceeding by which a debtor's money is applied to the debts of the debtor, as when an employer garnishes a debtor's wages

General Power - Refers to courts that are not restricted as to the types cases they may hear. For example, a District Court cannot hear felony, divorce, or custody cases, but a Circuit Court can.