If you or a loved one has been injured by another person’s dog, you will likely need to hire a dog bite injury lawyer. Our firm represents people who have been harmed by another person’s animal and we are experienced in dealing with these types of claims. Our Dallas dog bite lawyers have over 30 years of experience handling these types of cases and can help you get the compensation you deserve. Dog owners are responsible for their animal's actions, so it is important to have a qualified lawyer on your side. Contact us today to learn more about your rights.
Insurance companies can be tricky to work with if you're trying to get compensated for an injury. There's no one free resource that can tell you the value of your injury claim, so it's important to hire an attorney who knows what they're doing. If you or your child has been injured by a vicious dog, don't try to guess at the value of your case. Make sure you're compensated fairly by hiring an experienced dog bite lawyer.
NO COST UNLESS WE WIN
Our Dallas dog bite attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means you don't pay unless we win your case. This also includes all case expenses, such as getting medical records and hiring investigators. We want to ensure that your case is presented in the best light possible to the insurance company, so these costs are on us. You shouldn't have to carry any extra expenses on top of your medical bills.
Dogs Can Be Unpredictable
• Millions of people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States
• One in six people require medical attention as a result of a dog bite or other animal attack
• Dog owners are liable for any injuries sustained from their animal if it attacks someone due to negligence
More than physical pain
If you are the victim of a dog bite, you may find that you are faced with more than just physical pain. You may also suffer from emotional distress that lasts for years. You may miss work or school due to the time you spend recovering from such an event and deserve to be compensated for the wages you fail to earn during this time. In addition, you will most likely have mounting hospital bills. If your dog bite required ambulance transportation to the emergency room, x-rays, surgery and prescription pain medications, those bills can easily and quickly climb into the realm of tens of thousands of dollars.
DOG BITE INJURY CASES
Types of dog bite injury cases include those where the dog is known to the victim, where the victim was attempting to help someone else and trespassing cases. One of the most difficult aspects of these cases is determining who is to blame for the attack and then determining which insurance company (if any) is responsible for the liability claim. Often, the dog is free and the owner does not come forward to claim the animal. The owner will sometimes claim that someone must have opened his gate and let his dog(s) out. Sometimes the dog’s owner is renting his home and does not have “liability insurance” that would cover the claim. The owner of the house who rents to the dog’s owner
Common factors affecting liability in dog bite injury cases include trespassing, provocation, and negligence. Dog bite injuries are a common occurrence in our society. The most common factors affecting liability in dog bite injury cases include trespassing, provocation, and negligence. Trespassing is when the injured party has been bitten on private property by someone else's dog. Provocation can be used as an excuse for not being liable if the injured party was provoking or teasing the dog before it bit them. Negligence may also play into whether or not an owner is liable for their actions with a pet - such as failing to follow local leash law regulations that led to an attack and/or injury of another person.
Types of Dog Bite Injuries
Filing a dog bite lawsuit in Dallas can result in compensation for a number of injuries, including:
-Head and Neck Injuries
One Bite Rule v. Strict Liability
The "one bite rule" is a legal principle that states that the owner of a dog or other animal is not liable for injuries inflicted by the animal if it is the first time the animal has bitten someone. After the first bite, the owner is considered to be on notice of the animal's propensity to bite and may be held liable for any future injuries.
"Strict Liability" refers to a different legal principle used other states and not in Texas
What You Need to Know About Proving Your Dog Bite Injury
To hold a dog owner accountable for a bite, you will need to prove that:
-The defendant is responsible for the pet at the time of the attack
-The defendant was negligent and this negligence was the proximate cause of the dog bite
-You suffered damages in the attack
Our Dallas Dog Bite Lawyers Can Help You!
Owners of pets are often unwilling to cooperate with lawsuits involving bites or attacks. They may deny culpability, try to place blame on the victim, or even try to skip town to escape liability. However, most pet bite claims conclude during pre-trial settlement negotiations. The pet owner usually has to pay what he or she legally owes the victim in damages, but there are no other consequences.
At Deon Goldschmidt Attorneys, we understand that a dog bite can have a serious impact on your life. We have years of experience helping victims receive fair compensation for their injuries, and we will fight hard to get you the money you deserve. You should not have to suffer because of someone else's negligence.
Compensation and Damages Commonly Awarded for Dog Bite Injuries in Dallas-Fort Worth
lost wages pain and suffering costs long-term medical care expenses projected medical expenses emotional distress
physical pain, reduced earning capacity, loss of consortium, property damage, punitive damages, lost wages, professional setbacks and other
Hire The Best Dog Bite Lawyer in Dallas
The right to pursue compensation through the civil justice system is something that all dog bite victims in Texas have. However, you don't have to face this situation alone. Our experienced Dallas dog bite lawyers can help you take care of everything from serving papers to communicating with insurance companies. We'll make the process as easy as possible for you and your family.