If you’ve suffered an injury and were ultimately scarred or disfigured in any type of accident you may suffer exponentially more than just the pain and discomfort at time of injury. In addition to the physical discomfort and pain, which may lead to temporary disability and permanent impairment, there are often residual physical scars. Scarring can often times damage a person’s self esteem, self worth and self image. The embarrassment of always having to hide or explain scars is often a longer term problem than the actual physical injury. Unfortunately, cosmetic scar removal is not always available, affordable or cost effective. The Maryland Workers’ Compensation system and MD Personal Injury Law recognizes that scarring and disfiguring injuries are unique due to the type of physical and emotional damage they cause. Workers’ Compensation allow recovery for disfigurement that is visible and objectionable when clothed normally (even in a bathing suit). Disfigurement may even include a permanent noticeable limp caused by a work injury, bone injury or auto accident. As a result, Maryland Workers’ Compensation Law allows for additional benefits if you have been scarred or disfigured in a work related accident. A skilled Maryland Skin Injury Attorney can help you obtain compensation based on your injuries.
If you have been injured and have sustained scarring or disfiguring injuries call the Annapolis skin injury lawyers @hardballlaw as they have many years experience handling scarring, disfigurement and other types of skin injury lawsuit claims throughout all of Maryland.
Maryland Dog Bite Laws
According to current Maryland premises liability laws, and dog bites are considered a premises liability claim, a dog or other domestic animal owner may be liable if an injury occurs. Per MD Cts & Jud Pro Code § 3-1901:
(a) Rebuttable presumption of owner’s knowledge. —
(1) In an action against an owner of a dog for damages for personal injury or death caused by the dog, evidence that the dog caused the personal injury or death creates a rebuttable presumption that the owner knew or should have known that the dog had vicious or dangerous propensities.
(2) Notwithstanding any other law or rule, in a jury trial, the judge may not rule as a matter of law that the presumption has been rebutted before the jury returns a verdict.
(b) Common law of liability for other than owner. — In an action against a person other than an owner of a dog for damages for personal injury or death caused by the dog, the common law of liability relating to attacks by dogs against humans that existed on April 1, 2012, is retained as to the person without regard to the breed or heritage of the dog.
(c) Liability of owner. — The owner of a dog is liable for any injury, death, or loss to person or property that is caused by the dog, while the dog is running at large, unless the injury, death, or loss was caused to the body or property of a person who was:
(1) Committing or attempting to commit a trespass or other criminal offense on the property of the owner;
(2) Committing or attempting to commit a criminal offense against any person; or
(3) Teasing, tormenting, abusing, or provoking the dog.
(d) Limitation of effect of section. — This section does not affect:
(1) Any other common law or statutory cause of action; or
(2) Any other common law or statutory defense or immunity.
To discuss your rights and any compensation and benefits you may be entitled to in the event of an animal attack in Maryland or Washington D.C. please contact our Maryland and Washington DC animal attack attorneys for a free case evaluation.
Accidents Possibly Causing Scars & Disfigurement
There is a wide variety of accidents that can result in scarring, disfigurement and other injuries that impact your aesthetics. Scarring & disfiguring accidents can occur in all professional and work related settings such as industrial accidents, manufacturing accidents, construction sites as well as administrative settings. Scarring injuries can also be sustained in premises liability accidents and auto accidents. Some of the accidents inducing disfiguring injuries are:
Domestic Animal Attacks & Dog Bites
Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis
Contact A Maryland Scarring & Disfigurement Lawyer
The Maryland Skin Injury Attorneys at our firm have many years experience competently handling claims resulting in all types of disability, impairment, scarring & disfigurement. Feel free to contact them regarding obtaining the compensation you may be entitled to under Maryland Law. The Towson injury attorneys @hardballlaw may also be reached by email by clicking here.
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Dog Bite Law Citation Source: MD Cts & Jud Pro Code § 3-1901 (2015)