Aggressive dogs have the potential to cause severe injuries. Treatment for your injuries may only be the start of the losses that you experience. Our team at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ will review your case and seek awards for any financial recovery you are entitled to collect.
If you or a loved one was a victim of a dog bite in Odessa, then one of our dog bite injury lawyers serving Odessa can represent you. Should you decide to work with us, we will help you pursue financial recovery.
We Pursue Financial Recovery According to Texas Laws
When we handle your dog bite injury case, we will do so with an understanding of relevant Texas law. One of those laws is the “one bite rule.” You will need to prove that the dog had a history of aggression to recover funds. If the dog had never bitten anyone before, then you will need to supply evidence showing how the dog was dangerous.
We can do this by:
- Investigating the dog’s history of aggressive behavior, such as biting others
- Obtaining any available documentation of the dog’s past aggressiveness
- Proving that the dog’s owner was also the owner at the time of prior attack(s)
We may also use the dog’s veterinary records to support your side of the story.
We Will Determine if Negligence Caused Your Attack
We will review all of the facts surrounding your dog bite. While we will explore the dog’s past behavior, we will also consider your attack independently.
The dog owner or caretaker may have been negligent before, during, or after your attack. Our goal is to prove that negligence caused your injuries. In some cases, we may argue that negligence made your injuries worse than they should have been.
You could be entitled to financial recovery if:
- The dog owner failed to confine their dog in an outdoor setting, such as a yard.
- The dog owner allowed the animal to escape from inside their home.
- The dog owner was walking the animal off-leash.
- The dog owner’s leash was not effective in restraining the animal.
- The dog owner was not physically capable of restraining the animal.
The dog owner may ultimately be responsible for their animal’s behavior. If they put an unfit person in charge of their dog, they could be held liable for the resulting attack.
We may prove the following as part of your case:
- That the other party in your case owned or was taking care of the dog
- That the other party owed you a duty of care
- That the other party did not honor their duty of care by allowing the dog to attack you
- That the other party’s actions (or inactions) directly caused your attack
- That your attack caused you to suffer financial losses
If you hire us, a dog bite injury lawyer serving Odessa from our firm will build and present your case. You can learn more about how we provide accessible legal help to dog bite victims like you in a free consultation.
A Dog Bite May Entitle You to Financial Recovery
If we accept your case, it is because we believe your dog bite entitles you to financial recovery. Whether we advise an insurance claim or lawsuit, we will work to recover awards for you.
Your losses will inform the financial recovery that we seek. The following types of damages could come from a dog bite:
The journal Injury Prevention notes that dog bites generally mean high medical costs. It adds that dog bite injuries can lead to:
- Infection and rabies
- Lasting nerve damage
You may have already paid for your medical care or have significant medical debt. Our law firm can total the cost of medical damages, which might include costs for:
- Emergency care
- Disinfectants for your injury
- Cosmetic surgery to repair scarring from the bite
We may include costs for other forms of medical treatment based on your personal situation. Our team may also refer to your medical records to estimate how much medical treatment you received.
Trauma and Pain and Suffering
An attack by a dog can leave lasting trauma. In addition to physical trauma, you may be scarred psychologically from the attack. Your symptoms may include:
- Fear of dogs
- Behavioral changes that reflect your avoidance of dogs
- Recurring traumatic memories
- Anxiety in situations where dogs are or could be present
- A general loss of quality of life
These symptoms could take a toll on your mental and physical health. These symptoms might also have a financial toll if they affect you professionally.
Pain and suffering is a loss that we can seek financial recovery for. We will seek coverage for any other losses stemming from your dog attack.
We Are a Full-Service Personal Injury Firm
Our team at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ prides itself on providing accessible legal assistance to our clients. We are a full-service personal injury firm, which means that we handle every part of your case from start to finish.
We know how traumatic dog bite accidents can be. We aim to put you at ease by:
- Meeting with you wherever it is convenient for you or your loved one
- Handling your case from its start to its completion
- Answering your calls and emails
- Providing complimentary Facebook Live streams to answer questions
Let us do the hard stuff. You worry about getting better.
Hire D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ Today
A dog bite injury lawyer serving Odessa from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ can help you in numerous ways. This includes handling your case from consultation to completion.
Call our law firm today at (713) 850-8600 for a free consultation.