Dog Bites

Dallas Dog Bite Attorneys

Dog attacks, while often underestimated, can pose significant risks to the public, leading to severe injuries or, in the worst cases, fatalities. Given the affectionate nature of dogs as companions, it’s essential to recognize when and how dog attacks occur, the legal framework around them, and the recourse available to victims.

An estimated 4.5 million dog bites occur annually in the United States, with significant incidents requiring medical attention. Due to its large population and many dog owners, Texas ranks high among states for these incidents. Such statistics underscore the need for awareness and preventive measures to mitigate the risk of dog bites.

At Colin B. Bober and Associates, we bring deep experience, genuine client care, and a proven legal approach to individuals who have sustained injuries in dog attack incidents. We conduct thorough investigations to establish liability, negotiate assertively with insurance companies, and represent our clients vigorously in court, if necessary. We aim to secure the compensation you need to recover and move forward with your life. 

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Texas Law on Dog Bite Liability

In Texas, the “one-bite rule” applies, meaning a dog’s owner cannot be held liable for the first bite the dog inflicts, provided they were unaware of the dog’s aggressive tendencies. Subsequent incidents, however, open the door for liability claims if it can be proven that the owner knew of the dog’s propensity for biting and failed to take adequate preventive measures.

In Texas, dog bites can fall under personal injury and premises liability, depending on the incident’s circumstances. Personal injury claims typically center on the negligence of the dog’s owner or keeper, where it must be proven that they knew of the dog’s aggressive tendencies and failed to take proper precautions. 

An example of a personal injury case could include a postal worker being bitten by a dog that had escaped from its yard. The dog owner failed to take sufficient measures to secure the dog and thus was responsible for the postal worker’s damages.

Premises liability, on the other hand, might apply if the bite occurred on the pet owner’s property, and it can be demonstrated that the owner failed to ensure the safety of visitors concerning potential dog attacks.

The classification of a dog bite case into either category depends on specific facts, such as the location of the attack and the owner’s prior knowledge of the dog’s behavior.

Potential Compensation in Dog Attacks

Dog bites can result in deep cuts, puncture wounds, and skin tearing, which may require stitches. In more severe cases, dog bites can damage muscles or tendons. Attacks by large or muscular dogs can result in falls, causing injuries ranging from broken bones, concussions, dental damage, and more. Where a dog is particularly vicious, an attack can lead to extreme physical and psychological trauma and even death. 

As in other personal injury/premises liability claims, victims of dog attacks may be entitled to compensation for their past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional trauma. Compensation can only be secured through a legal claim. You generally have two years from the date of the incident to file a claim.

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Steps to Take After a Dog Bite Incident

To protect your rights and support your claim, you should take immediate steps after a dog attack:

  • Seek medical attention to prevent infections and document the injuries, even if the injury appears minor.
  • Report the incident to local animal control or law enforcement; this is crucial for a legal case and helps prevent future attacks by the same dog.
  • Gather evidence, such as photographs of your injuries, the location of the attack, and the dog, if possible.
  • Get the contact information of any witnesses to the attack; they could provide valuable testimony.
  • Consult with an attorney at Colin B. Bober and Associates; we can advise you on how to seek compensation for damages. 

How Our Firm Can Assist

Our law firm is deeply experienced in handling dog bite cases, providing comprehensive support from the initial consultation to securing compensation. For those who have suffered from a dog bite or attack, understanding your legal rights is the first step towards healing and recovery. Our team is here to guide you through every step of the process, working to help you secure the justice and compensation you deserve.

Contact us online or at (214) 974-4180 to consult with a Dallas dog bite attorney today. 

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