If a dog bit you in Arlington, you could have a case against the dog’s owner or another party. The team at Loncar Lyon Jenkins knows Arlington dog bite laws inside and out. Whether a dog bit you at a pet store, neighbor’s house, or park, you have options for seeking damages.
Compensable losses in your case could include medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. An Arlington dog bite lawyer can also provide aid if an aggressive dog bit your child. Understanding your options begins with a free case review with a member of our team.
How Much does It Cost to Hire Our Firm After a Dog Bite in Arlington?
To hire our firm, it costs you:
- Nothing up front
- Nothing out of pocket
- Nothing from your own personal finances
We pay for all of your case’s obligations until it’s over. That means we pay the consultants, and we foot the bill for any filing fees. If we win your case, we’ll take our attorney’s fees from that sum. If not, however, you don’t owe us anything.
For a free legal consultation with a lawyer serving Arlington, call 877-239-4878
How Long You Have to Act After a Dog Bite in Arlington
Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003 enforces the state’s statute of limitations. Generally, you have two years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit. However, some exceptions could apply to your case.
For instance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that dog bites can lead to infections––which may not manifest until days after the incident. Under Texas’s discovery rule, you could be granted an extension. Yet, it’s wise to consider talking to our team before holding off on legal action.
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We Must Prove These Things to Secure Dog Bite Damages
Arlington has strict laws about dogs. For instance, wolf dogs are prohibited. People also cannot have more than three dogs on a property. Finally, all dogs must be vaccinated for rabies; if not, the dog could be “put down” after biting someone.
Here’s what we need to prove to “win” your case:
The Dog’s Owner Had a Duty of Care
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. So, to establish your case, we must prove that the dog’s owner had an obligation to keep their pet from hurting people.
The dog’s Owner Violated Their Duty of Care
If the dog’s owner failed to restrain their animal (and the animal bit you or a loved one), you could hold the owner accountable. However, we must prove that you did not provoke or harm the dog, as this information could harm your case.
The Owner’s Dog Bit You
Using your medical bills, photos of your injuries, and information from your doctor, we can prove that the dog in question injured you. Getting medical care immediately after the incident could provide valuable support for your case.
You Suffered Damages Due to the Bite
We can use your medical bills, employment records, and other documents to prove that you suffered damages as a result of the bite.
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Compensable Dog Bite Damages We Can Recover Through Legal Action
Earlier, we mentioned that with our help, you could seek damages for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages—but that’s not all. You could also seek compensation for the following:
- Emotional trauma
- Mental health counseling
- Physical therapy
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Impaired quality of life
- The loss of a limb
- Loss of consortium
- Childcare costs
You could seek other losses, depending on your situation.
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Our Lawyers Focus on These Goals After Taking Your Arlington Dog Bite Case
If we find that you have the basis of a dog bite injury claim or lawsuit, you can expect us to pursue these goals:
We Will Seek Compensation for Your Dog Bite Damages
Our goal is to resolve your claim via an insurance claim or lawsuit, whichever suits your situation. Since we opened our firm’s doors in 1988, we’ve learned one thing: injury cases usually settle out of court. However, we’ll do everything in our power to resolve your case if it goes to trial.
We Will Pursue Justice for You or a Loved One
Arlington has dog bite laws in place for a reason. When someone violates those laws by allowing their dog to hurt someone, they should be held accountable. Your lawyer will seek full compensation for your damages. They will also provide legal and emotional support during this trying time. If you ever have any questions about your case, your lawyer will be right there to answer them.
Don’t stress yourself out by filing a claim or lawsuit on your own. You have enough to detail with. Let the Strong Arm advocate for you.
We’re Ready to Answer Your Questions About Dog Bites
We want you to spend time with your family – not spend hours researching your legal rights and options. So, here’s some quick answers to some questions you might have before calling us:
Does It Matter What Breed of Dog Bit You?
As noted, the only dogs that are illegal in Arlington are wolf dogs. However, other than that, the city does not ban any specific dog breed. In the eyes of the law, it doesn’t matter what dog bit you. If its owner’s negligence resulted in your injuries, you could file a claim or lawsuit.
What Should You do After a Dog Bites You in Arlington?
Even if you have superficial (skin-deep) injuries, you should still seek medical attention. Dogs’ mouths are full of germs, and you could get a life-threatening infection if not treated. Also: if you didn’t know whether the dog was vaccinated for rabies, you should visit a healthcare provider immediately, as this condition can quickly turn fatal.
What Is the Value of Your Dog Bite Injury Case?
We will calculate the value of your case based on the following factors:
- Your daily pain levels
- Your emotional trauma after the incident
- The cost of your medical care
- Whether you missed time from work
- Whether you developed an infection or secondary condition
One thing is for certain: if we take your case, we will seek every dollar you can pursue.
Call the Strong Arm for a Free Case Review
If a dog in Arlington bit you or a loved one, you could seek compensation for your damages. Begin your free consultation with Loncar Lyon Jenkins now by dialing (877) 239-4878. We can also help if you were harmed due to an animal crossing the street.