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Average Verdict in Maryland Dog Bite Cases

According to Metro Verdicts Monthly, the median settlement or verdict in a Maryland dog bit case is $24,661. There is no data on the average dog bit case. My guess – and it is just a guess – is $100,000.

In Maryland, the owner of a dog is not liable for injuries caused by it unless the dog has a vicious propensity and the owner knows that. Once established that the dog is vicious and the owner knew about it, the owner has to keep the dog from biting people. In fact, proof of negligence on the part of the owner of the dog is unnecessary. In other words, it is perfectly okay to have a vicious dog. But dog owners of vicious dogs must make sure others are protected from their vicious dog.