Texas Dog Bite Lawyer
Every year, there are dozens of reported dog bites and attacks in Texas. A dog bite can cause serious and debilitating injuries. The emotional trauma can affect a victim, particularly a young child, for the rest of their life. If you’ve been injured because of a dog bite in Texas, you may be entitled to money from the dog’s owner.
Contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP to schedule a free consultation. Our legal team will review your dog bite case and help you understand your rights and options. If you decide to file a lawsuit, we’ll do everything we can to recover compensation on your behalf. We’ll fight tirelessly to get the money you need and deserve.
Why Should I Hire a Texas Personal Injury Lawyer After a Dog Bite?
Few things are more traumatic than getting bitten by a dog or watching someone you love get attacked. You need time to recover and get back on your feet. Hiring an attorney to handle your dog bite injury case can give you that opportunity. It’ll also put you in the best position to secure a meaningful settlement offer or award.
The attorneys at Lorenz & Lorenz have nearly two decades of experience representing dog bite victims like you. We understand how overwhelmed and stressed out you must be. We also know how important money can be as you search for a way to make ends meet. That’s why we’ll work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
As your attorneys, we’ll fight on your behalf to:
- Stand up to insurance companies if they try to trick you into accepting less money than you deserve
- Protect you if you’re blamed for the dog attack that caused your injuries
- Carefully investigate the attack and find evidence to support your claim for damages
- Work with injury experts from across the state to better understand the value of your case.
We’re here to help you however we can after your terrifying encounter with a vicious dog. As our client, you are our top priority. All you have to do is call us for help. It’s just that simple.
We’ll Fight to Hold Dog Owners Responsible For Your Injuries After an Attack
If you’ve been bitten by a dog in Texas, you may be entitled to compensation from the dog’s owner. There are two ways you can structure your bodily injury claim. You can base your lawsuit on either strict liability or negligence.
Texas Has a One Bite Rule
Like many other states, Texas has a one bite rule. Under this rule, an owner isn’t automatically responsible for harm caused by their dog unless they knew that the dog had a history of being aggressive or vicious. In other words, a dog owner can escape liability for injuries caused by their dog’s first bite.
However, after that first bite or attack, an owner can be strictly liable for any future attacks and injuries. It doesn’t matter how much care or caution the owner exercised to keep you safe. If the owner knew that the dog has bitten someone before, you can hold them strictly liable for your injuries.
You Can Still Get Money Even If a Dog Has Never Attacked Before
Just because Texas has a one bite rule doesn’t mean that an owner can never be responsible for injuries stemming from their dog’s first attack. Dog owners have a responsibility to keep you safe from reasonably foreseeable harm. Owners have to use a certain degree of caution and care in controlling their animals. Anything less can be considered negligence. If a dog owner’s negligence contributes to your attack and injuries, you can use that at grounds to receive compensation with a lawsuit.
A dog owner might be considered negligent, and therefore responsible for injuries after an attack, if they:
- Allow their dog to walk around without a leash or in an unfenced yard
- Train their dog to have vicious or aggressive propensities
- Encourage the dog to engage in aggressive behaviors, or
- Fail to step in to stop an attack once it’s begun.
An owner can also be liable for dog bite injuries if they violated Texas dog bite laws and animal ordinances designed to keep you safe.
Landlords Might Also Be Liable If You’re Bitten in a Common Area
In Texas, landlords shoulder a lot of responsibility for tenants and guests. They have to make sure that common spaces are in a reasonably safe condition. If there are any known hazards or dangers, they have to be resolved or fixed. Dangerous or vicious dogs can be considered a danger.
When a landlord knows that a dangerous or vicious dog lives on the premises, they have to do something to protect other tenants and visiting guests. Many times, landlords will tell a dog owner to rehome the pet. Or, a landlord may tell the tenant to relocate, altogether.
If the landlord does nothing and you get hurt, you might be able to hold them personally responsible for your injuries.
What Damages Can I Get After a Dog Attack in Texas?
A dog bite can inflict severe physical, emotional, and financial injuries. You deserve money for all of the harm and suffering you’ve experienced. Our Texas dog bite attorneys will aggressively seek compensation on your behalf.
We’ll fight to get damages for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages and income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and trauma
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Call our Texas law office to schedule a free consultation and discuss your injury case today.
Many Texas Dog Bite Victims Are Children
Each year, Texas reports more dog attacks than most other states in the country. Sadly, many of these dog bite victims are young children. Between 2011 and 2016, more than 100 children were bitten and attacked by dogs in central Texas. According to the study, the average age of these dog bite victims was just five years old. Approximately 43 percent of these children were between the ages of two and five. More than one-third of the kids who were bitten needed immediate medical attention to treat a major injury.
When children are attacked by dogs, the consequences can often be devastating. Between 2005 and 2013, there were 34 reported fatal dog bites in Texas. 68 percent of these victims were children under the age of 12. Half of the children killed in dog attacks were under the age of two.
You Deserve Money For All of Your Texas Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites can do a lot of damage. Three out of every four bites causes a minor injury. Fifteen percent of dog attacks result in a moderate injury. Three percent of dog bite victims will sustain a severe injury. You deserve compensation for all of your dog bite injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Cuts and bruises
- Crushing injury
- Internal injuries
- Wrongful death, and more.
Our goal is to get you the money you deserve after a terrifying dog attack. Call our Texas law firm today to discuss your case with our compassionate legal team.
How Long Do I Have to File a Dog Bite Lawsuit in Texas?
We understand that you’re going through a lot right now. However, don’t let too much time pass by without taking action. You risk losing out on valuable compensation if you don’t file a lawsuit within two years of the date of your attack. Once the statute of limitations expires, you’ll lose the right to demand compensation from a negligent or careless dog owner.
You Deserve an Experienced Dog Bite Lawyer
Don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Austin personal injury lawyers at Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP for help after you’ve been injured in a dog attack. We’ve been fighting to protect the rights of dog bite victims like you for more than 18 years. We’re here to help you when you need it most, too. All you have to do is call.
Your first consultation is free. We’ll handle your legal case and fight to get you the money you deserve. It’s just that simple.