Austin Dog Bite Lawyer

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Although they have been domesticated as “man’s best friend” for thousands of years, dogs are still wild animals at heart. Most dogs would never intentionally harm a human being, but serious bites can and do occur every day.

This problem is particularly serious in Texas, which is ranked #9 across the country in terms of dog ownership. Over 7.1 million dogs call Texas home, with Labrador retrievers, German shepherds, bulldogs, and golden retrievers among the state’s most popular breeds. Bites have been on the rise in Travis County since 2013.

For more than 25 years, the team at Anderson Injury Lawyers has fought aggressively to protect victims and help them get the compensation they deserve. From car accidents and pedestrian accidents to dog bites and oilfield explosions, we know that victims are often left without resources.

That’s why you want us on your side as you begin the process of a personal injury claim. Dog bites and attackes can be extraordinarily expensive, and without a strong case proving the owner’s fault, you could be left with a stack of medical bills, days or weeks of no income, and lots of financial stress.

Notable Result

$305,000 Awarded to Pit Bull Dog Bite Victim

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If you have been the victim of a dog bite, you may have a long road of physical and mental recovery ahead of you. Let us help you with the legal side. Call Anderson Injury Lawyers at (214) 225-7773 to discuss your case.

We work on a no win, no fee basis, meaning that if we don’t win you fair compensation, you owe us nothing. We offer free, no obligation consultations.

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What Our Lawyers Can Do After an Austin Dog Bite

  • How We Can Help

    We have helped many dog bite victims in the Austin area begin the path to recovery by securing fair compensation for their injuries. In mid-2019, we helped a client who was viciously attacked twice by a neighbor’s pit bull. We won a $305,000 settlement on her behalf. In another case, we secured $150,000 for a client who was attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull through a hole in the fence.

  • Analyze Your Case and Give You Our Best Advice

    We offer a no-cost, no-risk consultation. Additionally, if you hire us, you do not pay anything upfront. We only collect our fees if we are able to obtain you a fair settlement.

  • Investigate the Dog Bite

    Getting fair compensation requires an understanding of the dog’s background, looking into previous violent incidents, and fairly assessing your injuries and their impact on your life.

  • Ensure You Get High-Quality Care

    We will help you get the medical care you need after a dog bite and defer payment until after your case has been won.

  • Fight On Your Behalf

    We know how insurance companies try to deflect blame and minimize their payout. Our team is dedicated to representing your best interests and getting you the settlement you rightfully deserve.

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Texas Dog Bite Laws

Dog bite laws vary between states and, to a smaller extent, between local municipalities. In Texas, a dog owner can be held liable if the owner was “negligent” in handling their dog. We see this when an owner lets their dog escape their yard or when they have the dog off-leash. Dog owners are responsible for handing their dogs appropriately, and when they fail to do so, they can be held legally liable when the dog attacks or bites someone. Every state has its own laws that define when a dog’s owner or handler is liable for injuries after a dog attack.

Texas follows the often misunderstood “One Bite Rule.” Under this rule, you can pursue compensation for a dog bite if each of the following is true:

  • The dog that bit you previously bit someone else
  • The dog’s owner knew about the incident
  • The dog then bit and injured you

The point of this rule is not to protect dog owners the first time their animal bites someone. Instead, it’s meant to hold owners accountable when they know their dog has a history of aggression. If the dog has bitten someone before, then Texas imposes “strict liability” on the dog owner and you do not have to show negligence. Additionally, many people believe that this means the owner cannot be held liable for damages when their dog bites someone for the first time. However, this is not true. In many cases, it is obvious that the dog owner knew their dog was prone to aggression or mishandled the dog, causing their aggression.

Pet owners have a duty of care to the public. They must take reasonable measures to protect people from being injured by their dog. They must either have the dog contained on their property or have the dog restrained on a leash when off of their property.

In many situations, dog bites occur because owners breach their duty of care. Letting a dog run off-leash in a park, knowingly keeping a dog in a yard with a poorly maintained fence, or failing to keep a hold on their dog’s leash are all ways an owner can breach their duty of care.

In Austin, all dog bites must be reported to Animal Protection. The dog owner must then provide proof of current rabies vaccination. If there is no proof of vaccination, the dog must be quarantined and observed by a vet.

It’s important to note that criminal and civil claims are handled differently, even when they relate to the same incident. A dog owner in Texas may be criminally charged if the owner displays criminal negligence in failing to secure the dog or if the owner knew the dog was considered dangerous and did not contain it. In both situations, the bite must lead to death or serious bodily harm for criminal charges to occur.

Victims seek compensation through civil claims. Civil claims allow you to hold another party liable for injuries you have suffered. Although civil claims and criminal charges are different, criminal charges can be useful evidence in a civil claim.

Dogs are capable of causing serious harm to human beings. This is particularly true of dogs with superior jaw strength, including Rottweilers, bulldogs, German shepherds, and pitbulls. Injuries caused by dog bites include:

Types of Injuries Caused by Dog Bites

  • Lacerations
  • Puncture wounds
  • Fractured bones
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Infections
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • PTSD

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How to Handle Dog Bites

Time is of the essence when you suffer a dog bite. Here’s what you should do to protect your health and your right to pursue compensation:

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Dog Bite Compensation

Depending on the details of your injuries, you may be able to pursue compensation for:

  • Medical Bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring, disfigurement and physical disability
  • Decreased earning potential
  • Loss of quality of life
  • The costs associated with a dog bite can be extremely high. Puncture wounds must be treated to minimize your risk of infection, and surgery is often required for severe lacerations and puncture wounds.

    Vicious attacks can cost tens of thousands of dollars. When a dog bites a person’s face, the victim often needs plastic or reconstructive surgery. Even with the best surgical care, the victim of an attack could be left with scars or injuries that make it difficult for them to go out in public.

Notable Result

  • $305,000 Awarded to Pit Bull Dog Bite Victim

  • Pit Bull Attacks Through Fence, $150,000 Awarded to Victim

  • Careless Owner Allows Dog to Roam Free, Causing Bike Accident

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Additional Information about dog bites

Resources for Dog Bite Victims

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If you suffered harm in an accident or any incident caused by negligence, contact Anderson Injury Lawyers right away. We offer individualized attention, over 25 years of experience, and everything you need to get everything you deserve.

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