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.
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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 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:
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.
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.
Contact an El Paso dog bite lawyer from our team today to learn if you have grounds to file a claim or lawsuit to seek justice from the dog's owner!