Dogs have been humankind’s best friend for ages, but sometimes these cherished companions act out against us. In fact, Texas ranks #2 out of all states when it comes to the prevalence of dog attacks reported by the U.S. Postal Service. Each year, more than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs in the U.S.
Treatment for these injuries can range into tens of thousands of dollars but compensation alone will not account for any injuries suffered that reduce your quality of life or that of a loved one. Dog attacks are very traumatic ordeals to go through and often cause more than just physical injury.
At Ramos James Law, PLLC, our personal injury law firm wants to speak up on your behalf, fighting for the justice and compensation that you deserve. If you have recently suffered an injury from a dog bite, contact us today for your free case review.
Because of a dog’s very sharp teeth and strong jaw, grievous injury can occur including:
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog attack and bite, it is in your best interests to contact Ramos James Law, PLLC, immediately. If you have lost someone because of a dog bite, the spouse, children, or parents of the deceased may be entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim.
Courts have used the Restatement of Torts section 509, adopting the one bite rule that focuses on whether the owner knew or should have known that their dog may bite, and whether the owner took all of the necessary precautions to try to prevent the bite from occurring based on that knowledge.
Courts determine this by checking:
In order to recover damages under this Texas law, you will have to prove that the owner knew their dog was aggressive or had bitten before, or show that the owner failed to restrain their dog, a type of negligence that may have caused the bite.
A bite isn’t the only way a dog can injure you. If, for example, a large dog runs past you and knocks you off of your feet, you can also claim damages for injuries received as a result of the owner’s negligence.
The statute of limitations in Texas to file a personal injury lawsuit is 2 years.
Dog bites are considered within the realm of personal injury and the statute of limitations begins the moment that the bite occurred. Failure to file within the 2 year period may cause your case to be dismissed without a hearing.
If you have been injured by a dog bite, trust the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Ramos James Law, PLLC, because we genuinely care about seeing you through your healing process.
Contact us today at (512) 537-3369 for your free legal consultation.