Fort Worth Dog Bite Lawyer
Suffering an attack by a dog can be one of the most traumatic experiences of your life. A highly trained dog bite lawyer in Fort Worth can help you regain control of your life.
Dogs are unpredictable by nature, but when their owners fail to ensure that they do not become a danger to the public, these animal owners should be held accountable for their pet’s actions when their dogs go rogue. Fortunately, a Fort Worth dog bite lawyer can help you ensure that the irresponsible dog owner is brought to justice when you pursue a personal injury claim against them.
The attorneys at Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP have seen countless dog encounters go wrong, and when this happens to you, we’re prepared to fight for the compensation that is rightfully yours. We’ll gather the evidence we need to proved based on a preponderance of the evidence that the dog’s owner should be compelled to repay you for the losses you endured at the paws of their pet.
Texas’ Dog Bite Law
There is actually no specific law in Texas or Fort Worth in particular that states that a dog owner will be held accountable for the actions of their pet, but there is a routine way that these types of civil cases are handled. Texas would be considered a state that follows the one-bite rule.
In these cases, we’ll need to prove that the dog’s owner knew or should have known that their dog had a propensity for aggression and that they did little or nothing to prevent their pet from behaving violently.
In cases where the dog has a history of biting or has already been deemed to be a “dangerous” dog, then the dog’s owner can be held strictly liable for any damage caused by their animal. This includes injuries that occur through any interaction with their dog, not only dog bites.
Furthermore, dog owners can be charged with criminal negligence in situations where their dog had previously been declared dangerous, they failed to secure the dog, and someone endured serious bodily injury or death as a result of the dog attack.
Provocation and Trespassing
There are some exceptions that could influence your ability to pursue your Fort Worth case.
If you or someone you were with was provoking the dog into acting aggressively, whether that be by teasing, taunting, kicking, or otherwise abusing the animal, the dog’s owner cannot be found liable, as their pet may not have acted the way it did if it hadn’t been provoked into doing so.
Likewise, if you or your child was trespassing at the time of the attack, it can reasonably argued that the dog was acting in self-defense, and it was therefore well within the scope of its expected behavior to act aggressively. If you have additional questions about these exceptions, or if you aren’t sure if either of these will apply to your animal attack case, you should speak with your attorney prior to filing your dog bite claim.
Getting the Compensation That’s Rightfully Yours after an Attack
Most dog bites, attacks, and maulings occur simply because the dog felt threatened in some way, whether you were intending to threaten it or not.
In Texas, a dog’s owner will nearly always be found liable, as it is their responsibility to ensure that their dog is properly restrained when invited guests come over or when the dog is out in public. With this in mind, we’ll be seeking repayment from the dog’s owner for every single loss you have suffered, including:
- Lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
- Medical expenses
- Lost earning potential
- Loss of household services
- Disfigurement and/or scarring
- Punitive damages
These are just a few of the different economic (financial) and non-economic (emotional and lifestyle) damages that you’ll be entitled to. Your attorney will need to review these losses carefully to ensure that you are getting the most out of your claim.
Speak with a Dog Bite Lawyer in Fort Worth, TX
If you or your child has been seriously injured after coming into contact with someone else’s pet dog, you may be entitled to compensation from the dog’s owner. Your Fort Worth dog bite lawyer at Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP can assist you in building a compelling case against the dog owner so you can be awarded the repayment that you or your child deserves.
You’ve already been stuck covering more costs than you should have to, which is why we offer dog bite survivors across Fort Worth a free claim review so we can further discuss the circumstances surrounding your dog encounter, resulting injuries, and personal losses.
You can take advantage of this opportunity by submitting the brief contact form we have provided at the bottom of this page or by calling our office at 214-522-9404.