Dog Bite Attorney in Smith County
We love dogs, but we do not love irresponsible dog owners, and we do not take dog bites lightly. A serious dog bite, even by a small dog, can result in permanent muscle damage and deep tissue scars that require major reconstructive surgery. Unfortunately, children are most commonly subjected to both physical injury and ongoing psychological trauma and emotional distress, particularly if the visible scars are to the face, hands or lower arms. In certain cases, parents who witness the attack on their children can also file claims and recover monetary compensation for their emotional distress. If this has happened to you or your child, you need an experienced attorney to effectively represent your interests. For strong legal representation in your Texas dog bite accident case, contact J. Chad Parker, PLLC today to schedule a free consultation.
Dog Bite Cases Can Be Complex
Dog bite injury claims in Texas are not as straightforward as they might seem. Texas follows the “one free bite” rule. The courts may not place liability on the pet owner if the dog has no previous record of a bite or attack (some breeds are not given this leeway). When pursuing damages against an owner, it is important to thoroughly investigate the case to determine whether the dog has bitten anyone in the past or if the owner was negligent in handling the dog. If the court deems the dog is dangerous to the public, both the owner and his/her dog may face very serious consequences. Additionally, as stated earlier, children are oftentimes the unfortunate victims of dog bites, frequently from a dog with which they are familiar. That being said, it is not always easy to determine whether the dog bit the child due to rough play or another provocation. Many dog owners will protect their dog’s reputation at the expense of a dog bite victim. Therefore, the investigation into a dog bite case must start immediately. Fortunately, the experienced firm of J. Chad Parker, PLLC. is here to help you uncover the truth.
Compensation for Dog Bites
Many dog bite victims don’t pursue a lawsuit for financial damages because they know the dog owner. However, in most cases, we seek compensation exclusively from the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance, so the lawsuit minimally impacts the dog owner’s wallet. Our firm will work closely with medical specialists and experts to determine the full extent of financial damages the victim is likely to face over a lifetime. We can help you recover money for immediate medical treatment for wounds and infections, as well as long-term needs such as physical and occupational therapy, psychological counseling and future reconstructive surgery. Don’t let the negligent dog owner avoid liability. We are ready to fight for the full, fair amount of compensation you deserve.
Dog bites and Children
A parent must ensure his or her child’s legal rights are both protected and pursued. In many cases, we can help the child receive the financial compensation needed to cover future expenses as an adult, including medical costs and educational needs. Under the right circumstances, an educational trust or annuity may be appropriate for the child.
Contact a Smith County Dog Bite Accident Attorney
Tyler, Texas dog bite accident attorney J. Chad Parker has the experience to see your dog bite case through to the end. We are committed to obtaining a settlement when it’s possible, and a verdict when it’s necessary to go to trial. Attorney Parker is a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Specialist. For quality legal representation, contact J. Chad Parker today for a free consultation.