Every year, approximately 4.5 million dog bite injuries occur, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Of these, approximately 800,000 require medical attention. Unsuspecting children are often the victim of such attacks and may suffer severe injuries, scarring, disfigurement, and a lifelong fear of dogs.
If you or your child was injured by a dog bite, a Lubbock dog bite lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins can help. We will thoroughly investigate your claim and all possible routes for financial recovery. Contact our team today to discuss your dog bite case at 800-777-7777.
Understanding Texas Dog Bite Law
Some states have “strict liability” laws regarding dog bites in which if you can show the dog bit you and caused you damages and you did not provoke the dog, the owner is automatically liable for the damages you suffered. Other states have so-called “one-bite” rules in which a dog owner may not be held responsible for the first bite if he or she was not aware of the dog’s propensity for violence.
Texas does not have a statute that specifically addresses dog bites. Instead, victims of dog attacks usually use legal theories that may encompass other types of accidents, such as basic negligence principles. Like in other personal injury claims, a dog bite victim must show that the dog owner failed to uphold the duty of care they had to the victim, and this caused the victim to suffer damages.
However, other legal claims may apply. For example, the claim may be based on a theory of “negligence per se,” which means that:
- The dog owner did not follow a law
- Someone was injured because of this violation of the law
- The person who was injured was within the group who was considered in protecting when lawmakers passed the law.
If the dog owner or person handling the dog did not properly restrain the dog, you may be able to pursue compensation for the injuries you or your loved one suffered.
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Lubbock, call 800-777-7777
Attacks by Dangerous Dogs
In some dog bite cases, you may have a right to receive compensation because the dog owner violated the § 822.005 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. According to this law, a dangerous dog is one that has attacked a person in an unprovoked manner while the person was not within the dog’s enclosure where the dog was restrained. Owners of dangerous dogs have additional responsibilities to keep others around them safe, including having to register the dog and adhere to additional city or municipality regulations.
Dogs in certain circumstances may be more likely to bite, such as those that are:
- Trained for home protection purposes
- Involved in dog fighting
- Eating or sleeping
- Sick or injured
- Caring for puppies or nursing
- Playing with a bone or toy
- Growling or barking
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Potentially Recoverable Damages in Dog Bite Claims
If you can establish that the dog owner was negligent in causing your dog bite, a Lubbock dog bite lawyer may be able to help you pursue compensation for the damages you suffered, including:
- Personal property damages: If your eyeglasses were broken during the attack or you were holding personal property that fell and broke, the owner may be responsible for paying to replace your property.
- Lost income: You may be able to receive compensation for the time you had to take off of work for treatment, or to take your child for treatment. If your injury impairs your ability to work in the future, you may be able to receive compensation for this reduced earning capacity.
- Loss of consortium: If your relationship with your spouse was affected by the attack or you suffer a lack of intimacy, you may be able to receive compensation for this loss.
- Pain and suffering: You may also be able to recover compensation for the physical pain and suffering and mental anguish you have suffered.
- Scarring or disfigurement: In addition to medical expenses to treat dog bites that may cause scarring or disfigurement, dog bite injury victims may also receive compensation for having their appearance altered because of this type of incident.
You may also be able to pursue the cost of your medical expenses. While some dog bites only cause minor injuries, many break the skin and may require emergency care. Serious wounds may require surgery and ongoing care. The dog owner may be responsible for paying all of your past and future medical bills that stem from the dog bite.
Medical expenses may also include any payment to mental health professionals for psychological damages caused by the attack. These damages may be especially high for children who may require ongoing mental health treatment after a traumatic experience.
A Lubbock dog bite lawyer can investigate your claim, request medical records for your injuries, contact eyewitnesses to inquire about how the dog bite occurred, and prepare a demand package that requests payment for the full extent of damages you have suffered.
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If you or your loved one was bitten by a dog, it is important that you take immediate steps to protect your legal rights. A lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins can help to identify the dog owner’s responsibility, investigate whether the dog owner violated an applicable ordinance, gather documentation to support your damages claim, and handle all communications with the insurance company.
Call us today at 800-777-7777 for a free and confidential consultation.