In Texas, we report more fatal dog attacks each year than any other state.
Dog bites happen quickly and result in devastating injuries. Anyone can be a victim of a dog bite, a dog mauling, or a dog attack. However, children are some of the most common dog attack victims, and the elderly may suffer the greatest injuries. Additionally, people in some professions, such as postal workers and delivery people, may be at greater risk of dog bite injuries. In 2013, Fort Worth ranked 16th in the nation for postal employees attacked by dogs. According to the U.S. Postal Service, 26 letter carriers were injured that year alone.
One thing is always the same regardless of whether it was you, a child, or another loved one who was hurt: families are faced with life-changing injuries that occur in the blink of an eye.
The laws behind dog bites can be tricky, so if you're thinking about pursing a personal injury claim, do not try to do it alone. Attorney Tom Hall is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he has the experience necessary to review your case and let you know if he feels he can secure a favorable outcome after all you've been through. Contact the Law Offices of Tom Hall by calling 817-831-6100 today for a FREE consultation.
Seeking Fair Compensation After a Dog Bite in Texas
If your child or someone else you love was bitten by a dog in the Fort Worth area, you could be entitled to compensation. Depending on the details of the attack, you could be entitled to recover for past, current, and future losses related to your dog bite injury, such as:
- Medical bills, including plastic surgery, hospitalizations, medications, doctors’ visits, and other expenses.
- Lost income including lost wages or other revenue.
- Emotional suffering and physical pain.
- Any other expenses you may incur as the result of this incident.
We represent victims of dog attacks who have suffered a variety of injuries including:
- Bite and/or puncture wounds
- Head or brain trauma
- Extreme blood loss
- Crushing injuries
- Infections including, but not limited to, rabies
And we fight for each and every client’s fair and just recovery.
Summary of Texas Dog Bite Law
Texas is considered a “one-bite law” state. That means that the victim of a dog bite will receive compensation from the dog's owner only if the dog has previously bitten someone or if the dog was known to be dangerous. Additionally, a dog owner may be liable if the owner violated a law—such as a leash law. Generally, pursuant to Texas law, a dog bite victim may:
- Have grounds for compensation if the dog owner was negligent. This legal standard means that the owner failed to exercise ordinary care to protect others from a dog known to be aggressive to others. If a court finds that a dog owner failed to behave as a careful and prudent person while controlling and keeping watch over a dog, that owner can be found negligent.
- Face a comparative negligence defense by a dog owner if the victim somehow provoked at the dog. The dog owner may claim that your provocation makes you at least partially to blame for your injuries. If successfully argued, this defense can cause a reduction in any financial award made to you. Fortunately, the law does not allow that defense to be used against a child five years old or younger, and your attorney may be able to fight back against a comparative negligence defense.
This is why it is so important for you to contact a dog bite attorney who can help you understand your case and dig deeper into the finer details that could determine whether or not you're able to receive compensation.
Your First Consultation Is Free At Our Fort Worth Dog Bite Law Firm
Your time to file a Texas dog bite case is limited. Generally, you have two years to file a dog bite case or, in the case of children, two years from the date of the child’s 18th birthday. However, you do not have to wait that long to seek damages.
Don't let a negligent dog owner get away with allowing his dog to bite you or your child. When you allow the Law Offices of Tom Hall to handle your dog bite claim, you can relax knowing your case is in the hands of an attorney with over 30 years of experience and a track record of success. We have collected substantial and signifcant recoveries over the years for persons injured by animals.
Call today at 817-831-6100 for your FREE consultation.