The Washington Post reported a story about Maryland lawmakers pushing legislation that would make the owners of dogs liable for any bites against anyone, even if it’s their first offense. In Virginia and 13 other states, a dog owner can generally avoid responsibility for a dog’s first biting incident, assuming there is no other history of violent behavior.
Dog bites are some of the most common injury claims and with the increased liability Maryland lawmakers are going to put on the owners, you can expect the claims to go up.
This is good news for the victims because a dog bite can be a very traumatic experience, and it can really shape how people interact with animals. Also in the story, critics of the legislation say it will increase insurance requirements.
Written by Lulaine Compere.