A dog bite can be a serious and traumatic event, especially when a child is involved. Our law firm will help you recover the compensation you deserve.
A dog bite or mauling can cause serious physical and psychological harm. Not only do victims suffer from infections, nerve damage, puncture wounds and deep lacerations that may leave permanent scars or lasting disabilities, but dog bites can also cause psychological damages (e.g., anxiety attacks, fear of animals, and loss of sleep due to nightmares or night terrors) which may require extensive therapy and/or counseling.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries from a dog bite or other vicious animal attack, and you feel as though the owner or handler was negligent in their duty to keep you from harm, we ask that you call or email us for a free consultation into your rights as a victim.
Not only do you deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and any lost wages (including any loss in earning capacity), you deserve to be compensated for all of your damages. Some non-pecuniary types of damages (e.g., disfigurement, psychological trauma) can be subjective in nature, but our job is to ensure that you recover every penny you’re owed.
Your health is your number-one priority right now, so first seek immediate medical attention in order to mitigate the risk of rabies, infections, and other complications. The police department and the local animal control agency should be notified of the dog attack as soon as feasible so that they can make an official report of the incident and quarantine the dog if necessary.
If and when possible, victims should take photographs of their injuries, and are encouraged to write down their entire recollection of the event while their memory is fresh.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately half of all victims of dog bites and maulings are children under the age of nine. Any serious injury to a child may result in lasting scars or a physical handicap, but do bites also tend to leave child victims with serious emotional scars as well.
Other than a couple exceptions, in Texas, dog owners are held liable for any injuries that their pets cause if the owner knew the dog had vicious propensities and/or if the injury was caused by unreasonable carelessness on the part of the owner. These claims are often covered by a homeowners insurance policy, which means that you’ll be dealing with an insurance company whose sole job is to save the insurance company money.
Without an attorney on your side, the insurance company will likely not even offer you the compensation you would need to pay the medical expenses your family has already incurred, let alone the cost of therapy and/or plastic surgery. The may also delay your claim at every step, or completely deny liability after months of “investigating.”
Our Dallas attorneys are ready to go to battle with the negligent owner’s insurance company, if necessary, in order to make sure that you are fully compensated for your damages.
We will help determine the parties liable, prove your damages, file a claim, and fight for every dime you deserve. Call us at 214-720-6090 (local) or 1-833-720-6090 (toll-free) or email us today for a free consultation.