Dog bites can leave victims disabled or disfigured. They are emotionally traumatic. If a dog has bitten you or a family member and you’ve suffered injuries and damages, you could qualify for financial recovery. The dog’s owner could be held accountable if a dog bite lawyer serving Humble can prove the owner was negligent.
To find out if you qualify for financial recovery for damages such as urgent care, surgery, or pain and suffering, please call the law firm of D. Miller & Associates, PLLC for a free case evaluation at 713-850-8600.
A Dog Bite Lawyer Serving Humble Understands Texas Statutes on Dog Bites
You may think that a dog’s owner is automatically responsible if their dog bit or attacked you. Texas is a “one bite rule” state. In order to recover damages for a dog bite, you must show that:
- the dog’s owner knew the dog had bitten someone before or had acted aggressively in the past, or
- the dog’s owner was negligent in controlling the dog or preventing the bite from occurring, and that negligence caused the plaintiff’s injuries
Please do not hesitate to call one of our dog bite lawyers serving Humble. A dog bite lawyer knows how to file a dog bite lawsuit and has other options to help prove that the owner was negligent and that you qualify for financial recovery. To learn more, call D. Miller & Associates, PLLC at 713-850-8600 for a free case evaluation.
Get Medical Treatment Immediately
Texas dog owners are supposed to have their dogs vaccinated for rabies. You will need to be tested for this rare, but deadly, disease if you do not know the animal’s vaccination status. According to the Mayo Clinic, you could be at risk for other serious and potentially life-threatening diseases that are transmitted through blood and saliva. These include diseases include tetanus, MRSA, and Pasteurella.
Some dog bites are severe enough that they require aid from paramedics. Please make sure to see your healthcare provider at the earliest opportunity. If the dog does not have a current rabies vaccine, you may need immunization. Many dog bites require several days of wound care. Please follow your healthcare provider’s guidelines to avoid infections or other complications.
You Could Receive Financial Recovery if Owner Is Negligent
A dog bite lawyer serving Humble can help show that the dog’s owner acted negligently. For example, if you were bitten by a dog running loose, the owner could be held accountable for your injuries because the animal was not leashed. You could also be entitled to recovery if the dog’s owner saw the attack, but did not try to pull the animal away.
Financial Recovery in a Dog Bite Case
Because of the risk of serious infection, scarring, and disfigurement, dog bites can be costly. If you do not seek recovery from the dog’s owner, you will be responsible for paying all emergency room costs, prescription drugs, and other expenses.
A dog bite lawyer serving Humble will pursue recovery for damages such as:
- Urgent or emergency care
- Lab tests and necessary immunizations
- Lost pay
- Surgery (including reconstructive)
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Our dog bite lawyers will carefully evaluate your case. To find out if you may be entitled to financial recovery, call D. Miller & Associates, PLLC at 713-850-8600. We offer free, no-obligation case evaluations.
Why “Beware of Dog” Signs Are Not Enough to Excuse Accountability
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), there are over 4.5 million people who report a dog bite each year. About half of these dog bite victims are children.
If you or a family member was bitten, knocked down, or otherwise attacked by a dog, the owner should be held accountable. A dog bite lawyer serving Humble can show how a dog owner’s negligence led to your injuries and damages.
A dog bite lawyer with D. Miller & Associates, PLLC will help seek recovery by attempting to prove:
- The defendant owned the dog and had a duty of care to take reasonable measure to prevent the animal from harming people
- The defendant breached this duty of care in some way, such as by letting the dog run loose when it should have been on a leash
- You, the plaintiff, were injured because of this negligence
- You have damages such as mental anguish and doctor’s bills as a result
Many cities and communities have laws requiring dogs be leashed. Dog owners must also keep their dogs, especially those with a tendency to aggression, in a secure area. A “beware of dog” sign, alone, is generally not enough to relieve the dog owner from liability or responsibility. A dog bite lawyer serving Humble protects your rights and seeks recovery on your behalf.
You Could Qualify for Recovery from Dangerous Dog Doctrine
Texas has a statute that protects dog bite victims when they are bitten by dogs, whose owners knew or should have that their dogs were considered dangerous at the time the attack occurred. “Lillian’s Law” (named after Lillian Stiles, who lost her life in an attack by dangerous dogs) was enacted in 2007 to hold dog owners accountable for the actions of their aggressive dogs.
If a Dog Bite Leads to a Family Member’s Passing
If you lost a family member in a dog bite or attack, we are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences.
A dog bite lawyer with D. Miller & Associates, PLLC can help seek recovery for surviving family members. This is called a wrongful death insurance claim or lawsuit. As with personal injury lawsuits in Texas, you generally have two years from the date of the accident to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you or a loved one were attacked by a dog, please call D. Miller & Associates, PLLC for a free case evaluation. A dog bite lawyer serving Humble can pursue the recovery you may be entitled to receive. Call 713-850-8600 today.