Dog Bite Attorneys in Dallas, Texas
Keeping Dog Owners Liable
Dog Bite Lawyer
Victims of dog attacks sometimes hesitate to make claims for injuries because they do not want to sue a friend or family member. It is important to realize that homeowners’ and renters’ insurance exists to protect the injured — even when a dog bite was a total surprise to the owner of a usually docile animal. Frenkel & Frenkel aggressively pursues full and fair compensation for victims who have suffered from animal attacks involving dangerous breeds of dogs.
Prompt medical attention is important after being bitten or attacked by a vicious dog to prevent infections. Plastic surgery may be necessary to lessen the effects of lifelong scarring. Psychological therapy is often helpful and should be paid for by those who are responsible for the dog bite. That’s where our lawyers in Dallas and Fort Worth can help. Our attorneys hold responsible dog owners, property owners and people charged with protecting children in their care from exposure to dangers such as vicious dogs in neighborhoods and in public parks.
Prevalence of Dog Bites
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States! Dogs can be vicious and they can attack at a moment’s notice, causing both severe physical and emotional harm. Three big qualifications in a dog attack case allow for compensation: was the owner aware of past aggression, did the owner violate a city’s leash law and did the owner negligently handle the dog to allow the attack. You also should keep in mind that there is a statute of limitations for dog bite cases, where you need to file a lawsuit within two years of being bitten.
A dog owner is held responsible for keeping their animal under control and negligence could occur in several ways:
- A dog owner knows the dog could hurt someone, often due to acting aggressively, but did not take necessary steps to protect others from the animal.
- The dog is allowed to run free without a leash. In certain areas of the state of Texas, there is a leash law regulating against dogs not wearing a leash and not on the owner’s premises.
- The dog owner’s failed to properly restrain the dog with a leash, fence, or something similar failed and it broke free.