Texas Dog Bite Lawyers
You know the saying: Dogs are man’s best friend. In fact, more than 43% of Texas households own a dog, according to a report from the American Veterinary Association, published by pet insurance marketplace PawlicyAdvisor. With the cute and cuddly side of canine ownership comes great responsibility. Most dog owners across Texas understand what a huge responsibility it is to take care of Fido. In addition to caring for their furry family members, owners must be aware of their pooches’ behavior and temperament to ensure they do not hurt other people. Unfortunately, some dog owners don’t take this part of pet ownership seriously, which can result in devastating injuries or even kill an innocent person. Dog bite injuries can be especially harmful to young children.
If you or your child have been seriously injured by a dog bite, you have a right to recover compensation for your injuries or losses in Texas. Current state laws allow you to file a claim up to two years from the date of the incident. Call our Texas dog bite lawyers at The Button Law Firm at 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form to seek the compensation you deserve and move forward.
Common Causes of Dog Bites in Texas
There are a variety of situations that can lead to negative interactions between dogs and humans. Often, dogs who are improperly trained or handled by their owners can become dangerous around people. The dog may feel scared or threatened by a stranger or another dog. Sometimes rescue dogs who survived an abusive past can be instantly triggered and lash out. Some common scenarios that lead to preventable dog bite injuries include:
- Off-leash walks in public areas
- Unsecured fences
- Home visits with a triggered or territorial dog
Common Types of Dog Bite Injuries in Texas
Approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, with children making up a majority of victims, according to the Insurance Information Institute. While all dog bites can hurt, dogs with bigger and stronger bites can cause severe damage. Common injuries caused by dog bites include:
- Amputation of fingers or toes
- Avulsion fractures (a small chunk of bone attached to a tendon or ligament gets pulled away from the main part of the bone)
- Broken skin that can lead to infection
- Crushed bones
- Eye injuries
- Muscle tears
- Nerve damage
- Punctured organs
- Scars resulting from injuries
If you or your child is injured by a dog bite in Texas, your family can hold the negligent dog owner accountable and seek compensation to cover:
- Medical expenses, including doctor visits, pricey surgery bills, and medication costs
- Lost wages from missing work while helping your child seek medical treatment and heal from his/her injuries
- Future expenses to manage recovering from injuries
- Loss of enjoyment of activities
- Inability to visit with family and friends, causing isolation and loneliness
- Obvious scarring or other changes to the body
- Inability to pursue future hobbies or careers
Sadly, 78 people in Texas have been killed by dog bites and attacks since 2005, according to the nonprofit advocacy group DogsBite.org. That is scary to think about. If the unspeakable happens to your family, our compassionate and experienced Texas wrongful death attorneys will fight to help your family get justice and seek compensation to cover:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses incurred prior to a loved one passing away
- Unexpected costly fees
Who is Responsible for My Dog Bite Injuries in Texas?
In Texas, there are many ways to hold negligent dog owners responsible for their dog’s actions. According to the state’s premises liability laws, pets are considered property, and owners are responsible for preventing their dogs from causing injury to people, whether by attacking or biting. Lawsuits brought by injuries suffered from a dog bite in Texas can be based on an owner’s negligence, lack of communication knowledge about a dog’s history of dangerous behavior, violation of leash laws, or intent to harm someone.
Dog bite and premises liability laws in Texas are complex, so it is advantageous to call us at 214-699-4409 and let us determine the best way to help you. Our compassionate and knowledgeable dog bite lawyers at The Button Law Firm will navigate the ins and outs of the law so that you can focus on healing from your injuries.
How to Navigate Insurance Claims After a Dog Bite Injury
A dog bit you or your child. Now what? Often, a call to an insurance company is among the first calls made after reporting the incident to the local animal control department. That can be a tricky step, as there are many different insurance companies and policies, including homeowners and renters coverage. Even if you are not able to identify a negligent dog owner, your own insurance company should offer you some protection against medical bills and other expenses. That is why you pay them! Remember: Insurance companies are not always looking out for your best interest, no matter how nice they may seem on the phone.
Having our experienced and respected team on your side will make all the difference—we have handled cases against all the big insurance companies. Our dog bite attorneys in Texas will advocate on your behalf and help you succeed in avoiding all the normal trappings that could get in the way of your recovery and path to reclaiming your life. If you're having issues with your insurance company or they deny your claim, we can help.
How The Button Law Firm Can Help You
Dog bite injuries are challenging. Having our experienced and compassionate lawyers from The Button Law Firm on your side will make all the difference. We know what it entails to get justice from a negligent dog owner and will fight on your behalf while you focus on healing from your injuries. At The Button Law Firm, we don’t charge you or collect any upfront fees to get started on your case. Give us a call at 214-699-4409 or submit a contact form here. With offices in Dallas, Houston, and Midland, we are ready to help you get justice anywhere in Texas.
Frequently Asked Questions About Helping You with a Texas Dog Bite Claim
Is there a time limit to file a claim?
In Texas, people who have been injured or had a family member killed by a dog bite have two years to file a claim. There are some exceptions to this time limit, so contact our team of experienced legal professionals today at 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form, and we can determine how the legal statutes impact your case.
How much does it cost to file a claim?
At The Button Law Firm, we don’t charge you or collect any upfront fees to get started on your case. We work on contingency. This way, you can focus on healing from your injuries while we focus on advocating and fighting for you. Call us at 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form to get started.
Who do you represent?
We advocate for adults and children in Texas who have been hurt by dog bites. With attorneys in Dallas, Houston, and Midland, we are ready to help you and your family anywhere in the Lone Star State.
How can I file a claim?
Why should I work with The Button Law Firm?
We are dedicated to helping adults and children in Texas who were hurt by dog bites. Our team is ready to listen to you, advocate for you, and help you hold negligent dog owners accountable. See what our past clients have to say about working with us on their legal matters.