Dog bites occur every day throughout the United States. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 4.5 million Americans are the victims of dog bites every year. Dog bites often result in the need for emergency medical attention, long-term medical care, surgery, and physical therapy. In the worst dog bite cases, the result can be the loss of a loved one.
For dog bite victims, the physical, emotional, and financial costs can be life-altering.
What to Know About Dog Bite Cases
In the event of a serious dog bite or attack, it’s important for victims to know their legal rights. The owner of the dog or the owner of the property where the dog was located may be held legally responsible to pay for your medical care and other injuries or losses you have experienced.
Liability, or legal responsibility, in these matters may vary depending on the nature of the incident, negligence on the part of the dog owner, and whether the dog showed aggressive behavior in the past.
In Texas, dog owners may be held legally responsible for injuries their animal inflicts under the following circumstances:
- The dog has previously attacked someone or exhibited aggressive behavior in the past, and the owner knew of this.
- The dog’s owner had a duty to reasonably protect others from injury caused by the dog and failed to uphold this duty, resulting in the victim’s injuries.
- The dog’s owner was in violation of animal control laws, and the dog attacked and injured the victim.
This can make it more challenging for dog bite lawyers to recover compensation for victims, and even more difficult and time-consuming for victims to pursue damages on their own.
Why Hire a Dog Bite Lawyer to Help with Your Case?
For victims who were attacked by a dangerous dog, or for family members of a loved one who was bitten, it’s important to act quickly and consult an experienced dog bite attorney regarding your rights.
Dog bite lawyers will stand up to insurance companies who attempt to take advantage of victims by offering sub-par settlements. They will handle the details of your claim, including investigating the incident and finding solid evidence to support your claim and build an ironclad case against the at-fault party.
With experience and resources, a dog bite lawyer can thoroughly investigate a case to determine how to best navigate state laws and prove fault. Ultimately, the goal of connecting with an attorney is to ensure you have time to focus on healing your emotional and physical wounds while experiencing peace of mind knowing that your financial interests are being taken care of.
How the Lopez Law Group Can Help
It takes an experienced, competent attorney to prove fault in a dog bite claim, and we at the Lopez Law Group are up to the challenge. We take the pain and suffering of dog bite victims seriously and are committed to getting victims the financial support they’re entitled to.
Our attorneys proudly serve Houston, Weslaco, Tyler, Spring, Mission, McAllen, Laredo, Edinburg, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, Harlingen, and other locations throughout the state. We help victims to recover money for:
- Medical expenses (emergency and ongoing)
- Lost wages and loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses
At the Lopez Law Group, our Texas dog bite injury attorneys take all cases on contingency, meaning you do not owe us legal fees unless we are able to recover compensation on your behalf. This, combined with our free initial case consultation, means that you have nothing to lose.