While dogs can be wonderful companions, they can also be extremely dangerous. This is not breed specific, and even dogs who are generally friendly can become aggressive for no apparent reason. Studies show that approximately 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 20% of dog bite victims require medical treatment.
In Maine, dog owners are responsible for the actions of their pets. However, the specific circumstances surrounding the bite determines whether or not the dog owner will be legally liable to pay for the injured person’s medical treatment and damages.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a dog bite, seek immediate medical treatment, and call an experienced dog bite attorney.