The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 4.5 million
Americans are bitten by dogs on a yearly basis, and that one in five victims
requires medical attention. Children between the ages of five and nine
years are the most at risk. Perhaps the most outrageous fact about dog
bites is that they are often entirely unprovoked by the victim, such as
when a dog attacks a child who is playing in a park or his or her yard.
Regardless of the type of dog that caused your injuries, it is important
to meet with an El Paso dog bite attorney who can help you understand
your rights and represent you in legal action to recover financial compensation
for your losses.
Dogs may be man's best friend, but they are also capable of causing catastrophic
and disfiguring injuries or death, often without warning. While most dogs
are loving companions, they are still fundamentally predatory pack animals
that have been carefully bred from wolves over the past several thousand
years. Any dog is capable of turning vicious, and many are actually trained
to be aggressive by owners who want protection against supposed threats.
Dog owners have a responsibility to protect the public from their animals,
and victims of dog bites may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
Texas Dog Bite Law
Texas is a "one-bite state," which means that, unlike in many
states, it is not possible to hold a dog's owner strictly liable for an attack.
It is necessary to prove that the dog has previously bitten someone in
the past or has displayed aggressive or vicious behavior toward humans. This imposes a considerable barrier to being able to claim compensation
in a personal injury or
wrongful death claim, which is why it is important to have the representation of an experienced
dog bite attorney in El Paso.
Under Texas state law, victims are allowed to:
Sue for monetary damages for medical expenses
File a claim for lost income
Seek damages for pain and suffering
Texas law also provides the right for a bystander to claim damages for
mental anguish. This claim is available to close relatives of the victim
who witnessed the attack, provided that the victim suffered severe injury
or was killed.
In addition, it is also possible to file a
premises liability claim against the dog owner's landlord, in the event that the landlord
had knowledge of the dog's aggressive or vicious tendencies and failed
to take action to evict the tenant or to otherwise provide safeguards
against an attack.
Bitten by a Dog? We can Help You Take Legal Action!
Farah Law has a reputation for taking on even the most challenging cases
that other El Paso dog bite injury attorneys shy away from, and we are
known for winning the toughest cases on behalf of our clients. If you
or your child was injured in a dog attack, we can help you hold the negligent
parties liable for their harmful actions.