Dogs are often called “Man’s best friend,” but our furry companions are not always so friendly. When dogs attack, they can inflict serious injuries to innocent passersby. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a dog attack, please read on, then contact an experienced Tyler, TX dog bite attorney to learn what you should know about dog attacks in Texas.
Can you sue for dog attacks in Texas?
The short answer is yes, you can sue for a dog bite. However, it is not quite as straightforward as that. The Lonestar State operates under what is known as the “one bite rule,” meaning that to hold the dog owner liable, it must be proven that he or she knew or reasonably should have known about the dog’s prior vicious propensity. Furthermore, you would do well to prove that you do not provoke the dog and had a right to be in the location where the injury was incurred, i.e. you were not trespassing.
What injuries might you sustain from dog attacks in Texas?
Dog attacks can lead to many types of different injuries and can vary in levels of severity. Nonetheless, some of the most common dog bite injuries include:
Head and neck injuries
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a dog attack, you would be well advised to reach out to a skilled Tyler, TX personal injury attorney to discuss your next steps.
What can a Smith County personal injury attorney do for you?
First and foremost, a qualified legal professional will help collect, collate and present the necessary evidence in court. He or she will work to hold the responsible parties accountable, preferably without requiring you to step foot in court. If he or she can’t settle your case outside of court, he or she will help find the right venue for your trial. A seasoned legal representative will fight for both economic and non-economic damages, including, but not limited to, medical costs, lost wages due to time out of work, pain and suffering, emotional distress and punitive damages. The latter is rarely awarded, but your lawyer will argue for them anyway because it is important that the defendant or defendants are never responsible for another dog attack. Let us fight for you. Please give us a call today.
Contact our experienced Smith County, Texas firm
There are few things more jarring and disturbing than being wrongly injured in an accident. Our firm understands how difficult it can be to recuperate after a serious accident, which is why we are here to help you through the legal process, every step of the way. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence, you need a skilled attorney on your side. Contact J. Chad Parker, PLLC today for an attorney who is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.