At Samples Ames PLLC, our Dallas-Fort Worth attorneys have successfully handled claims on behalf of dog bite victims, both through negotiations with the owner’s insurance company and through litigation. We are well-versed in Texas-specific laws that protect the rights of our dog bite victims, and we understand that acting quickly following a dog bite is vital in protecting these rights. An immediate investigation can help establish liability for the event and determine whether insurance coverage applies.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog in Texas, it’s important to contact an attorney immediately to learn more about your legal options. Fill out our free, no obligation case review form to contact our Dallas-Fort Worth dog bite attorneys today.
Fighting for Dog Bite Victims Throughout Texas
A serious dog bite can cause permanent damage and scars that can require major reconstructive surgery. Children can suffer not only physical injury but also psychological trauma and emotional distress, particularly if the visible scars are to the face, hands or lower arms. Parents who see the attack on their children can, in certain circumstances, make their own claims and recover monetary compensation for their own personal emotional distress.
Dog bite injury claims in Texas are complex. When seeking damages against an owner, it is important to thoroughly investigate the case to determine whether the dog has bitten anyone in the past or if the owner was negligent in handling the dog. If a dog is deemed by a Court to be dangerous to the public, there can be severe consequences for both the owner and the dog.
Children are often bitten by a dog with which they are familiar. It is often difficult to determine whether the dog bit the child as a result of rough play or whether the dog was provoked. Many dog owners will lie to protect themselves at the expense of a dog bite victim. Therefore, professional investigation into a dog bite case must start immediately.
Often, dog bite victims don’t want to hire a lawyer because they know the dog owner. In most cases, however, there is little financial impact on the dog owner because you will seek compensation only from the owner’s homeowner’s insurance. Your lawyers will work with your doctors and other experts to determine the total financial harm the victim will face over a lifetime.
A parent owes it to his or her child to make sure the child’s legal rights are protected and pursued. In many cases, we can help the child obtain a substantial amount of money that can be used for future expenses as an adult, including medical costs and educational needs. Under the right circumstances, an educational trust or annuity may be appropriate for the child.