Texas’s law is clear: every dog owner must keep their animals under control. This applies both to situations where the dog is out in public and when a person invites a guest onto their land.
Despite this fact, dog bites and other injuries are common. These incidents can require you to seek emergency medical care, attend painful rehabilitation sessions, and result in permanent scarring. A dog owner that allows an attack to occur may be liable to cover your losses. However, proving fault requires you to demonstrate that the owner knew the dog’s violent nature under the state’s one-bite rule.
Still, an Arlington dog bite lawyer can help you prove these facts and pursue your case for the compensation you deserve. The legal team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins can handle the necessary steps to protect your legal rights while you focus on getting your life back to normal.
Call in the Strong Arm today at (800) 777-7777 to see how we can help you.
THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF A DOG BITE
There is no doubt that bites and other forms of attack that follow encounters with dogs have the potential to affect every part of your life. The most obvious possible result is a puncture wound or a tearing of the skin from a bite. Larger dogs also can tear at a person’s muscles or break bones. Also, dogs’ mouths can contain millions of bacteria that have the potential to cause infections and slow a wound’s healing process.
Even if the encounter never directly results in a bite, a dog’s owner may still be liable for the resulting physical injuries. For example, if you are forced to run to escape from a chasing animal and fall in the street, the owner may be responsible for the resulting broken bones or sprained ligaments. In short, any physical injury that is the product of an encounter with an out-of-control animal can be the source of a claim for compensation.
Many dog bites affect more than just a person’s physical health. Many people find that they experience emotional trauma connected to the incident. They may fear interacting with dogs in the future or even hesitate to leave their homes following an attack. This lost quality of life can be a compensable loss.
Lost income can also entitle you to compensation. Suppose the injury forces you to miss time at work to seek medical care or results in an injury that permanently impacts your ability to perform your job. In that case, you can claim lost income as damages after an attack. An Arlington dog bite lawyer can take the necessary steps to evaluate how the incident has affected your health and to demand appropriate compensation.
Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins to talk about your options at (800) 777-7777.
WHEN A DOG’S OWNER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF THEIR ANIMALS
As a general rule, all dog owners must take appropriate steps to ensure that their animals remain under control. This is the product of laws that require a dog to be on a leash when off an owner’s property and those that require proper fencing, even when the animal is at home. However, just because a dog is involved in an attack does not mean that the owner is responsible for your losses under the law.
Texas is one of a few states that maintains a one-bite rule when determining fault following a dog attack. According to the Texas Supreme Court case of Marshall v. Ranne, the victims of dog bites must prove that the owner of the animal knew or should have known about the animal’s violent past before an attack took place. In other words, if the dog’s owner had no reason to suspect that a bite may occur, that owner is not responsible for an accidental bite. In essence, this gives dog owners one free pass in most dog bite incidents. This leads to the term “one-bite rule” when evaluating dog bite cases.
Even with this rule in place, it is not impossible to collect compensation following a dog bite. The legal team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins is ready to take the necessary steps in investigating the animal’s past and what the owner knew about it. Potential evidence of an animal’s violent history may include a police report indicating a previous attack, a governmental finding that the animal is dangerous, or local laws that may indicate that the dog’s species is dangerous per se. Armed with this evidence, we can demonstrate that a dog’s owner is liable for an attack despite the one-bite rule.
YOU HAVE A LIMITED TIME TO DEMAND COMPENSATION
Dog bites are serious matters that require immediate treatment and have the potential to affect your life for years to come. The laws in Texas afford dog owners a high level of protection in case of an accidental bite. As a result, these cases can be very complex and require intensive efforts to achieve a successful outcome.
Still, the law gives you a short time after a bite to demand compensation for your losses. A doctrine called the statute of limitations controls when a dog bite victim can demand payment in court. Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003, you may have as few as two years after the date of the bite to seek payment.
This may seem like a long time; however, the complex nature of many of these cases can quickly erode your time to file a complaint. An Arlington dog bite lawyer can work quickly to protect your legal rights and to ensure that your case does not fail because of the statute of limitations.
LET OUR LEGAL TEAM FIGHT TO HOLD DOG OWNERS RESPONSIBLE
Dog bites can cause severe injuries. Every dog owner has an obligation under the law to keep their animals under control while in public and when inviting guests onto their property. Despite this fact, the state’s one-bite law may allow some owners to claim immunity from personal injury claims.
A lawyer can help you prove that a dog owner’s failure to control their animals leaves them liable for your losses. We can help discover evidence of an animal’s violent past and demonstrate that an owner knew those tendencies. With this information, we can file cases that demand full payment for all your losses.
Call the legal team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at (800) 777-7777. Your free consultation can start you down the path to collecting the compensation you need to set things right.