If you got attacked by a dog in Frisco, Texas, and suffered injuries, a dog bite lawyer from our firm could help you go after compensation for your losses.
We can seek additional damages for the family members who lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence.
What Kinds of Damages Can You Seek After a Dog Bite in Frisco?
The amount of compensation you can pursue for injuries from a dog bite will depend on the unique facts of your situation. The severity of your injuries and the income that you lost while recuperating are two of the factors we can consider when determining the value of your case.
Here are some examples of damages in dog bite cases:
Medical Bills for the Initial Emergency
People can usually make a claim for the reasonable cost of the medical treatment they needed for their injuries. The initial costs right after the crisis can include things like the emergency room, doctors, hospital, surgery, blood transfusions, diagnostic procedures, physical therapy, and prescription drugs.
The Cost of Follow-Up Medical Treatments
Dog attacks can involve deep puncture wounds that lead to medical complications. These types of injuries may require multiple medical interventions years after initial emergency care.
Follow-up medical treatments tend to encompass things like skin grafts, surgeries to reduce scars and minimize contractures and adhesions, ongoing physical therapy, and pain management.
When we calculate your medical expenses, we will take these future costs into account.
Victims of dog bites may miss work immediately after a dog attack because it takes time for these wounds to heal. Some medical treatments, like surgery, can also require even more time away from work. We can calculate your lost wages when determining what fair compensation would look like in your case.
Reduced Earning Capacity
Some dog bite injuries cause permanent impairment, causing the victim to lose some or all of the function, strength, flexibility, coordination, or range of motion in the affected hands or arms.
When you cannot use your hands or arms as you once did, you might not be able to perform the same job tasks from before the dog attack. Some victims will never return to work. If you can no longer earn as much money as before because of these chronic limitations, reduced earning capacity could be a part of your claim.
The permanent scars from getting mauled by a dog can be disfiguring. A person who develops extensive or large scars, particularly in a highly visible location, like the face, throat, chest, hands, or arms, could be eligible for specific damages.
Pain and Suffering
Getting attacked by a dog can be painful and terrifying. The purpose of “pain and suffering” damages is to honor the physical discomfort and emotional distress the victim experienced from the dog bites.
Additional Non-Economic Damages
There can be other types of losses a person suffers as a result of getting attacked by a dog. Some people develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and become too afraid to go for walks or visit parks for fear of another attack.
These are but a few examples of dog bite injury damages that could be a part of your claim. We will need to talk to you and investigate your injury and other factors before we can calculate fair compensation.
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Does Texas Have a Dog Bite Statute?
Texas treats dog bites the same as any other kind of personal injury case, with the exception of the “one-bite” rule. This rule came about through case law rather than legislation. An owner can be liable for the damages their animal causes if the plaintiff (the injured person) can prove that the animal was vicious. Showing that the dog had bitten someone before can prove the animal was dangerous.
The rationale behind the one-bite rule is that the owner might not be negligent if the owner had no reason to believe that the dog was a danger. If, however, the owner knew or should have known that the animal was vicious, the owner can be strictly liable for injuries the dog causes.
In strict liability cases, the plaintiff does not have to prove that the owner was negligent, just that the case qualifies for treatment under strict liability.
How Long Do I Have to Sue for a Dog Bite in Texas?
Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003 gives you only two years from the date of the dog attack to file a lawsuit seeking damages. If you miss the deadline, you can forever lose the right to hold the dog owner accountable for your losses.
Two years can pass quickly when you are dealing with medical treatments, skin grafts, scar revision surgery, and other procedures to repair the damage from the dog bite. You do not want to get tricked into missing the two-year time limit while negotiating with the insurance company.
The only way to protect your right to seek compensation is to act as quickly as possible. Making a claim with the insurance company does not count as filing a legal action. Please be sure to talk to us in time so that we can investigate your situation and abide by the statute of limitations.
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How Can I Afford a Loncar Lyon Jenkins Lawyer in My Dog Bite Case?
At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, we do not charge our dog bite accident clients any upfront legal fees. We even cover the litigation expenses like the court’s filing fee until the end of the case. We only get paid if you win. Our fees and expenses will come out of the settlement proceeds or the court’s judgment.
To discuss working with our dog bite lawyer, call in the Strong Arm of Loncar Lyon Jenkins. We can help you get the compensation you deserve. You can call us today at (877) 239-4878 for a free consultation.