Dogs provide companionship and love to many people, but dogs can also become a danger to others. A dog bite can cause injuries that leave you or a loved one in pain and temporarily incapacitated. Depending on the severity of the attack, you could be facing physical and psychological scars for the rest of your life. However, a lawyer can help you pursue a Dallas personal injury lawyer for damages.
Whether you were bitten by a dog in Main Street Garden Park or by a neighbor’s animal, you can hold the dog’s owner responsible for your damages. A Dallas dog bite lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins can pursue a claim or lawsuit on your behalf.
Seeking Compensation for a Dog Bite Injury in Dallas
After a dog bite, our injury lawyers will seek your case’s best possible outcome. Our team will assess your injury-related losses and seek compensation for:
- Medical care
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and psychological trauma
- Physical disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life and lost quality of life
Each dog bite case is unique. The total amount of financial compensation you can seek depends on your case’s details.
If you had serious injuries, required surgery, or needed to miss work for an extended period, those costs could be included in your claim. Our team will explore your specific injuries, the extent of your suffering, and any future medical care your injuries might require.
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Dallas, call us today.
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Loncar Lyon Jenkins is Ready to Help with Your Texas Injury Case
Our attorneys know how to handle dog bite injury cases. You don’t have to field phone calls from insurance companies, negotiate a fair settlement, or learn the details of injury law. Our team will handle all of these things for you.
- Investigate your dog bite case
- Identify the liable party
- Gather evidence to prove your case’s required elements
- Speak with all third parties for you
- Negotiate an out-of-court settlement
- Take your case to civil court, if necessary
Our goal is to seek the best possible settlement or award for you. If we cannot recover the compensation you deserve through an out-of-court settlement, we can file a civil lawsuit against the at-fault party.
What Does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer in Dallas?
You might not know whether hiring a lawyer is “worth it.” However, you should know that there is minimal financial risk in hiring our team.
We work based on contingency fees, which means that:
- You owe us nothing up front to get started with a case.
- We only receive payment from the settlement or award we win for you.
- If we don’t win, you don’t pay our attorney’s fees.
We will always be transparent about how our contingency fees work. That way, there are no surprises.
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The State of Texas Takes Dog Bite Injuries Seriously
In Texas, you can hold a dog owner liable after a dog bite. We will gather evidence to show either (or both) of the following were true:
- A dog owner didn’t take reasonable care to restrain a dog, leading to your injury.
- A dog owner knew that their dog was aggressive, and they didn’t take the proper steps to restrain it. You were injured as a result.
Texas law details specific requirements for owners of aggressive dogs, per Texas Health and Safety Code § 822.042. We can examine the dog’s background to determine if they had bitten others previously – and use this as additional evidence for your case.
Common Defenses From Dog Owners
A dog bite case isn’t open and shut. The owner may try to claim that you were responsible for the attack somehow. For example, anyone who trespasses on the dog owner’s property and is attacked is not typically covered by the strict liability doctrine. The owner may claim you were on their property without permission, and this could mean missing out on essential compensation. Alternatively, a dog owner may try to claim that you provoked the animal attack.
No matter what the dog owner or the insurance company says, we will fight these attempts to reduce your right to fair compensation.
Some Dog Owners Are Required to Carry Liability Insurance for Dangerous Dogs
If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog in Dallas, we can determine if the dog’s owner has insurance coverage, typically through their homeowner’s insurance policy. Some owners may be required to carry coverage under state law.
Per Texas Health and Safety Code § 822.042, the owners of dogs with a history of aggression must maintain liability insurance in the event of an attack. The minimum coverage must amount to $100,000. In lieu of liability insurance, a dangerous dog’s owner must demonstrate financial responsibility if their dog bites.
Knowing What to Do After a Dog Bite in Dallas, TX
The steps you take after a dog bite can be crucial for your injury case and your potential to seek compensation. Our team encourages you to consider the following after getting hurt:
Get All Necessary Medical Care and Keep a Record of Your Injuries
After getting hurt, seek immediate medical attention. The bacteria in canine saliva can make a dog bite extremely dangerous. Dog attacks can cause severe injuries, and you shouldn’t put off care. Some of the injuries our clients have suffered include puncture wounds from the bite, broken bones from the pressure of the dog’s jaw, nerve damage in the bite area, and even disfiguring injuries, particularly if the dog bit their face.
According to Healthline, you could be facing a number of concerning symptoms after a dog bite or attack, including:
- Excessive bleeding
- Signs of infection such as redness, swelling, or leaking pus
- Ragged wounds exposing ligaments or bones
Even if you think your symptoms are mild, seek a doctor’s advice and continue seeking any advised treatments. Your medical records are an important part of your claim for financial recovery. These records will document how a dog bite affected your health and demonstrate the expected future cost of treating those injuries.
Collect Information to Identify the Dog and its Owner
The aftermath of a dog bite can be chaotic, especially after a severe bite. However, if you were able to collect information about the dog or the dog’s owner, hang onto these details.
Identifying the dog that bit you and its owner are important for two reasons:
- You can learn more about the dog’s health history and vaccination records, especially the dog’s rabies vaccination records.
- Identifying the dog’s owner will allow us to determine who bears financial responsibility for your medical treatments and other bite-related expenses.
In some situations, you may not have been able to get information about the dog or dog owner. For instance, if you were bitten in a public park and had to seek treatment for your bite injury immediately, you may not have had time to gather these details.
Our Dallas dog bite lawyers can identify the dog’s owner by locating witnesses and conducting our own independent investigation.
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Get Your Questions Answered During Your Free Case Review
We offer free case reviews to those interested in exploring their options after a dog bite. During our conversation, feel free to ask us about:
- How we will identify the dog owner
- What damages you can recover
- What steps we can take to bring a case on your behalf
- How our contingency fees work
After we investigate your case’s details in greater depth, we can explain your legal options.
FAQs for Dallas Dog Bite Attorneys
The dog bite claims process in Dallas can be complex. You may have many unanswered questions about what to expect from the claims process, how much your case could be worth, and more about your dog bite case.
With this in mind, we have provided the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Dallas dog bite claims below. If you have additional questions that were not answered on this page, be sure to reach out to our office so we can discuss your concerns in greater detail.
Can I File a Dog Bite Claim for My Injured Child?
Children have been known to suffer some of the most devastating injuries when attacked or bit by dogs. Children have suffered catastrophic physical injuries and emotional trauma that haunts them for the rest of their lives. If your child was attacked by a dog, they have the right to be compensated for their damages.
You can contact a dog bite attorney for an analysis of your case. Your lawyer can give you a better idea of the various losses your child might experience in the future and help you hold the dog’s owner or other liable party accountable.
How Long Do I Have to Get My Claim Filed?
Under Texas law, dog bite lawsuits are a type of personal injury claim. Personal injury lawsuits have a statute of limitations of two years. Generally, this means your dog bite claim would need to be filed before the two-year statute of limitations expires. However, this deadline cannot always be clear.
If you are unsure when the statute of limitations expires for your case, it is critical to get a legal advocate on your side who can ensure procedural issues like these do not become an issue for your case. If your lawsuit is not filed before the statute of limitations runs out, you will no longer be able to pursue your case in the Dallas civil court system.
Will the Dog’s Owner Always Be At Fault?
In most dog bite cases dog owners are held responsible for the actions of their pet. However, Texas does not have a dog bite statute in a place that holds dog owners strictly liable for the actions of their pet. Instead, unless a dog has previously shown a propensity for violence or aggression, the dog owner may be able to avoid liability. This is known as the one bite rule.
Dog owners may also be able to avoid liability when the victim of the dog attack was trespassing or provoking the dog into acting aggressively. Some examples of behavior that could be considered provocation include hitting, kicking, scratching, biting, throwing objects at, yelling, and other aggressive behaviors.
Only an in-depth analysis of your case can determine whether the owner of the dog who attacked you is responsible for the injuries you sustained.
Get Started on Your Dog Bite Injury Case in Dallas Today
If you or someone you love was bitten by a dog, you deserve to seek compensation for your medical expenses and emotional distress. A lawyer from our team can handle the steps involved in filing an insurance claim or lawsuit. We can also assess your injury-related losses.
A dog bite lawyer from our team can build a solid case to seek your medical bills and other expenses. Call our Dallas office to speak to a Loncar Lyon Jenkins team member about your financial recovery options.