Cypress Dog Bite Attorney
Even those who love and own dogs know that dogs aren’t always predictable and that, sometimes, dogs can be aggressive or even vicious. At The West Law Office, our Cypress dog bite attorney can represent you if you’ve been bitten by a dog and need help navigating the claims process. To learn more, please contact our law firm directly today. We are available to offer counsel remotely.
How Dog Bites Happen
Even the most loving dog can bite in certain circumstances. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), dogs bite as a reaction to something. This “something” might be that the dog isn’t feeling well, that it feels threatened, that it’s being protective, that it is scared, or because it is startled. If you notice that a dog has its ears back or tail down, looks scared, or is barking or backing away from you, these are signs that a dog doesn’t feel content with the situation and might bite.
Who’s Liable for a Dog Bite in Texas?
If a dog bites, it’s important to know what your rights are, especially if the dog bite causes serious harm. For example, if the dog bite leads to an infection, scarring, bone fracture, or another serious injury, you certainly deserve to be compensated for that harm.
Texas doesn’t have a statutory law addressing dog bites; instead, dog bite claims are brought forth on the basis of negligence, just like other personal injury claims. As set by case precedent, the “one-bite” rule exists in Texas. This means that in order to hold the owner of a dog that bit you liable for your harm, you must be able to prove that the dog’s owner knew of the dog’s viciousness and propensity to bite, or that the dog owner was negligent in preventing the bite from occurring.
Damages in a Dog Bite Claim
If you can prove that the owner of the dog that bit you was negligent in securing their dog and preventing the bite from occurring or knew or should have known that their dog was likely to bite and failed to respond appropriately, then you can hold the dog’s owner liable for the full value of your damages. This includes compensation for all of your out-of-pocket costs, such as doctor’s bills, any lost wages you’ve suffered, etc., as well as damages for any physical pain and emotional distress you’ve suffered.
Our Texas Dog Bite Lawyers Can Help
Being bitten by a dog is a terrifying experience. If you have been bitten and suffered damages as a result, our lawyers at The West Law Office want to help you pursue compensation for your harm.
Our lawyers will work hard for you by investigating your case, explaining your legal options, and helping you to prove negligence. We’ll also negotiate your settlement and represent you throughout the process. To learn more, please call our experienced Cypress dog bite attorneys today and schedule a free consultation.