A woman in Texarkana can move forward with her life after surviving a vicious dog attack in 2021, thanks to The Button Law Firm. We fought hard to secure a settlement against the reckless dog owner who encouraged our client to stick her hand out so that an intimidating, 80—pound Shepherd mix dog could smell her. However, instead of smelling our client, the dog jumped up, and bit her right eye and face.
Dog bites and attacks are not incidents to be taken lightly—our client experienced serious physical and emotional injuries from the attack. Following the attack, our client was rushed to the emergency room to get stitches to treat several lacerations on her forehead, inside of her eyelid, and cheek. She was then referred to plastic surgeons due the dog bite’s immense damage and permanent scarring to her face. Due to our client’s skin pigment, plastic surgeons had limited options with typical laser procedures to prevent her from experiencing hypopigmentation that would draw more attention to the dog bite scars.
As you can imagine, this dog attack caused our client extreme mental anguish. The dog bite left her face disfigured, and she suffered from a negative self-image due to the permanent scars, which made her feel embarrassed and stressed while out in public. She was also diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the incident and experienced a spike in anxiety.
Thankfully, our experienced personal injury and premises liability lawyers were able to hold the negligent homeowner accountable for the dog’s dangerous behavior and for creating unsafe conditions for our client. The settlement will help our client move forward with her life and cover expenses related to her extensive medical treatments, future care, and resources to help her recover psychologically.
Know Texas Premises Liability and Animal Laws
Premises liability accidents are incidents that occur either on or involving another person’s property. In Texas, premises liability laws classify pet dogs as property. People who are attacked by a dog, like our client, can seek compensation for their injuries based on the dog owner’s negligence, lack of communication or knowledge about the dog’s history of dangerous behavior, violation of leash laws, or intent to harm someone.
In this case, the dog attack was 100% preventable if the homeowner had taken the responsible steps to keep the large dog safely secured upstairs when hosting new guests that the dog did not know. Also, the homeowner recklessly chose not to restrain or socialize the dog when he encouraged our client to stick her hand out to the large dog.
We fight for our clients to make communities safer and did just that by securing a generous settlement for this client.
We Can Help After a Dog Bite or Animal Attack in Texas
If you or a loved one was attacked by a dog or animal, contact our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at The Button Law Firm. The laws are not straightforward with these cases, so this is where our expert team can help you, just like our client in the case described. With attorneys in Dallas, Houston, and Midland, we can guide you after a traumatizing incident involving a dog bite or animal attack and determine the best path forward. Call us at 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form for a free consultation.