Dog Bite Injury Claims in Texas: What You Need to Know

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Many dogs are loving and kind. However, some dogs are capable of seriously injuring or even killing a person. One Texas woman made international headlines after she was permanently disfigured after two dogs knocked her down and repeatedly bit her face and body. The 22-year-old lost nearly a third of her blood and suffered catastrophic injuries during the attack. She was placed into a medically induced coma and required extensive surgery to repair the damage.

If you or a loved one were injured in a dog attack, you may be able to take legal action against the dog owner. You may also be entitled to financial compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.

Dog Attack Injuries Can Be Life-Changing

The young Texas woman who was mauled by the two dogs is lucky to be alive. Unfortunately, she will likely carry the physical and emotional scars of the dog attack for the rest of her life. Dog attacks can cause deep puncture wounds, lacerations, nerve damage, and broken bones. Victims may be knocked to the ground and sustain a brain or spine injury. Dog bite wounds are also vulnerable to dangerous infections.

Injuries sustained in a dog attack often require extensive medical treatment, including surgery, physical therapy, medications, counseling, and ongoing medical care. Medical bills can quickly pile up. To make the situation even worse, the injuries often prevent the dog bite victim from working and income during recovery.

Seeking Financial Compensation After a Dog Attack

Dog bite victims may be entitled to restitution after an attack. Monetary damages may be awarded for past and future medical bills, lost income, and property damage. The injured person may also be entitled to compensation for the physical pain and emotional and psychological damage caused by the attack.

Texas courts follow the “one bite” rule during personal injury claims involving dog attacks. Dog owners who know or should have known that their dog was capable of biting may be liable for damages. However, the dog’s owner may avoid liability for dog bite injuries if the dog has never bitten anyone before. This means that the injured person must prove that the owner knew or should have known about the dog’s aggressive tendencies in order to hold the owner liable and recover damages. A personal injury lawyer experienced in dog bite injury cases can help the victim demonstrate the dog owner’s negligence and how this negligence led to the attack.

Contact a Carrollton Dog Bite Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one were bitten by a dog, contact a Carrollton personal injury attorney at the Hartley Law Firm for legal support. Our skilled team can help you understand your options under Texas law and take the appropriate action. Call (469) 289-6063 for a free and confidential consultation.


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