Tag Archive for dog bites

Jury Sides with PD in Dog Bite Civil Lawsuit

LaGrange News reported a jury sided with LaGrange police department over a dog bite civil lawsuit. The plaintiff is Shajarvis Brown, currently a prisoner doing time for armed robbery charges. Apparently Brown was hiding under a sink when police found him, where he claims he was assaulted by the police dog commanded by his handler. The police department claims Brown was combative and kicked the dog.

Dog bites are very serious incidents that can cause harmful injuries. It is also a potentially traumatic event that while physically frightening can cause emotional and mental problems for the victim. In this case, because of the circumstances, the plaintiff lost. But there are circumstances where a plaintiff can win, and plaintiffs should not be dissuaded from seeking justice if they suffered dog bites.

Written by Lulaine Compere.

Maryland Lawmakers Place Increased Liability on Dog Owners

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.