Dallas Dog Bite Lawyer
When a dog bites you, it can be a terrifying experience, but you could be eligible to receive compensation for your suffering. Reach out to a dog bite attorney in Dallas for help pursuing your case.
No one expects to be bitten by a dog, and you might think that when a dog bites, their owner would be more than willing to reimburse you for your suffering as a result of their pet’s behavior. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and you could be forced to bring your claim to court to obtain full repayment of your losses.
The attorneys at Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP understand how traumatizing a dog attack can be, which is why we’ve dedicated ourselves to helping injury victims. Dog bite laws in Texas can become complicated quickly.
The knowledge of an experienced Dallas dog bite lawyer can be your biggest asset, ensuring that you receive the best representation for your case as it moves through the court system.
The One-Bite Rule
It’s easy to assume that the owner of the dog that attacked you should be brought to justice for their pet’s actions. However, Texas law follows the one-bite rule. Essentially, this rule means that dogs that have never bitten someone previously, or have never shown a propensity toward violence, can be given a second chance before any liability is placed on the owner.
If this is the first time that the dog has bitten or shown signs of aggression, then the dog’s owner might not be brought to court and might not be obligated to cover your damages. Once the dog has bitten someone, though, it will be labeled a dangerous dog by the state and the next time the dog attacks, the dog’s owner will be strictly liable for the damages their pet inflicts on another.
Dog Owner Liability
In the event that the dog that bit you has been known to be dangerous and the dog’s owner acted negligently by not preventing their pet from being able to attack, then the dog’s owner can be named as the defendant in your case. The dog’s owner could be required to provide compensation for the suffering you’ve experienced. Such losses might include:
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Property damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Scarring and/or disfigurement
- Loss of companionship and love
- Loss of earning potential
There is also a strong possibility that the owner will face criminal negligence charges if their dog was previously labeled as being dangerous and they did not take necessary precautions to avoid an attack. Such penalties for a conviction could include community service, probation, jail time, fines, and the judge could order that the dog be euthanized, if the circumstances warrant it.
You can be sure that if your case does not fall under the one-bite rule, your attorney will do everything possible to ensure that the judge finds the dog’s owner liable for the trauma you’ve experienced.
Defenses to Dog Bites
There are a few different defenses that can be used in dog bite claims that just might render the dog owner not liable for your damages. In these cases, the you could be unable to seek compensation against the dog’s owner.
First, if you were trespassing on the dog owner’s property when you were bitten, you should not expect the courts to make the owner pay for your injuries. In this case, the dog could be seen reasonably protecting its owner and property.
The second example is when the dog bite victim is proven to have provoked the dog, or acted aggressively toward it. These actions include taunting, abusing, hitting, or otherwise inciting the dog to behave the way it did.
Your attorney can examine the details of your case to ascertain whether these defenses could have an impact on your claim. Because dog bite cases can be complex, it’s important to understand the common defenses used in these types of cases, and how your lawyer plans to combat them.
Work With a Dallas Dog Bite Attorney
If you are interested in bringing a claim against the owner of the dog that bit you. Or if you have additional questions about a dog attack that you endured, get in touch with a highly trained Dallas dog bite lawyer at Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP today.
We proudly provide free consultations to victims of dog attacks. You can schedule yours by calling our office directly at 214-522-9404 or by utilizing the online contact form below.