If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog in Tarrant County due to a careless pet owner, whats happened to you is unacceptable. When you're facing medical bills, lost wages and catastrophic injuries, the Fort Worth dog bite lawyers at Stephens, Anderson & Cummings is ready to stand in your corner.
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Dog Bite Laws in Texas - Who is Liable?
The state of Texas is considered a "one-bite law" state. What this means is that a dog bite victim can only receive compensation if the at-fault dog has already bitten someone else in the past or if the dog was known to be a dangerous animal. However, the owner of the dog may also be held liable if he/she has violated the one-bite law - an example would be if they did not have the dog on a leash and it got away from the owner and bit someone. Another example would be if the owner did not secure a gate in their backyard which enabled the dog to escape and then attack someone.
It is also important to note that Texas has what is known as "strict liability". This means that if the owner has prior knowledge that their animal is dangerous, it may be easier to be successful with your compensation claim.
As an dog bite victim, you may be eligible to claim damages if it can be proven that the dog owner was negligent. This means that there must be sufficient proof that the owner failed to protect other people from their dog - when the owner knew it was dangerous.
While Fort Worth dog owners have a duty to ensure that people are protected from their animal (under law in Texas), the owner of the dog can also claim that the victim provoked the dog into attacking.
An experienced dog bite lawyer at Stephens, Anderson & Cummings can help to review the details of your claim and determine if you have grounds to file a lawsuit.
Common Dog Bite Injuries and Recovery Costs
In many instances, dog bite victims suffer considerable physical and mental scarring which can lead to a very expensive, time consuming rehabilitation process. Whether it's needing plastic surgery to reconstruct the area that was bitten or seeking appropriate care for a mental trauma condtion caused by the incident, many victims often have to take time off work to get the medical help they need. This can then lead to escalating bills that need to be paid. While children and older adults are much more susceptible to suffering serious injuries in an attack, the injuries an individual may sustain can vary depending on the type of attack, the breed of dog, what provoked the attack and who the victim was.
Some other types of dog bite injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Puncture wounds
- Nerve damage
Our lawyers factor real-world complications like these into the cases that we build and represent. We also have a thorough understanding of the dog bite laws in Texas, and build our cases accordingly. For example, we know that if a child under the age of 18 years old is attacked by a dog, their parent(s) can claim future and past medical expenses for that child until he/she turns 18 years old. In these instances, occasionally compensation can also be placed into a registry of the court or an annuity. Our legal professionals have a proven history of success and charge no upfront fees to review the details of your claim. There are also no up-front fees if we take on your dog bite case.
Contact our Fort Worth Dog Bite Lawyers Today
At Stephens, Anderson & Cummings, our personal injury lawyers have helped many families deal with dog bite injury claims. While laws like the "one bite law" may make is seem easy to file a claim, lawsuits can often become complicated by unforeseen circumstances. When you or someone you care about has been bitten and injured by an animal in Fort Worth, you need an experienced lawyer that is on your side and will be an advocate for your rights.
Our attorneys can provide comprehensive legal advice and answer all your questions. That last thing you should worry about is dealing with an insurance company and paperwork. When you choose Stephens, Anderson & Cummings, you can rest assured that your dog bite injury claim is being taken care of.