Maryland Dog Bite Bill Faces New Complications; San Jose Dog Bite Lawyer Jeff Nadrich Responds

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Maryland's dog bite bill is reportedly facing some trouble in the state Senate. San Jose dog bite attorney Jeff Nadrich weighs in.

Maryland’s dog bite bill is currently facing some proposed changes in the state Senate, this according to a March 12th Washington Post article. The bill was originally proposed to reverse a previous ruling that labeled pit bulls as “inherently dangerous.” As a result of the earlier ruling, pit bull owners have reportedly faced greater liability for dog bite attacks than the owners of other dog breeds. The new pit bull bill sought to reverse the ruling, placing the same level of liability on all dog owners whose pets engage in aggressive behavior.

As the Post reports, the original bill was unanimously approved by the Maryland House of Delegates, and was expected to win overwhelming support from the Senate as well. Currently, though, the Senate is discussing a separate version of the bill, which would reportedly make it more difficult for dog owners to prevail in court. According to the new prevision, dog owners would need to present “clear and convincing evidence” that their dog was not aggressive before the attack.

Jeff Nadrich, a San Jose dog bite lawyer with Nadrich & Cohen, LLP, believes that the change may have a silver lining. According to Nadrich, “The fate of the dog bite bill is still uncertain, but the amended bill may actually prove highly beneficial for dog bite victims. For instance, in California, the dog owner is automatically liable for any attacks, because regardless of whether or not the animal has a history of violence, the owner is fully responsible for the actions of his or her pets.”

Nadrich urges all dog bite victims to seek medical attention right away, even if no pain is immediately evidence. Nadrich also encourages victims to contact a qualified dog bite victim for important legal advice.

About Nadrich & Cohen: Jeffrey Nadrich is a San Jose dog bite lawyer with Nadrich & Cohen, a California based law firm with offices in 18 locations across California. The firm has offices in Arcadia, Bakersfield, Fresno, Irvine, Long Beach, Modesto, Oakland, Oxnard, Palm Springs, Redding, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, and Tracy. Nadrich & Cohen handles all types of wrongful death and serious injury accident cases, including auto, truck, bus, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents, pedestrian collisions, boating accidents, dog bites, defective product cases and nursing home abuse. Victims are encouraged to call 1-800-718-4658 for a free consultation with a Nadrich & Cohen attorney.

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