Injured When Another Dog Attacked Your Pet

 As a dog bite lawyer in Fort Worth, one of the most common bite scenarios I see doesn't actually involve a dog-on-human attack. Instead, the story goes something like this: You're walking your dog through your neighborhood when suddenly a random dog appears, alone. The dog, whether it be from fear or aggression, approaches your leashed dog and attacks. You struggle to pull the two apart and, caught in the fray, you get bit. 

This happens in parks, neighborhoods and apartment complexes all across DFW. 

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Injuries Resulting from Dog-On-Dog Attacks

As you'd expect, deep lacerations, punctures, broken bones and infection are all injuries you can suffer if a dog bites you. However, there's another common injury associated with dog attacks that most people don't think about: falls. 

If you're walking your dog and another dog attacks you, there's a good chance you'll get wrapped up in your dog's leash in the chaos. Even if you let go of the leash, it's hard to maneuver around two fighting dogs and all the mayhem that goes with it. I've handled countless dog attack cases where the victim wasn't actually bit by the aggressor, but instead they were knocked over and ended up with a concussion or a broken wrist. It's unfortunate, but it happens.   

How to Win Compensation for Your Injuries After a Dog Attack

I know most pet owners wouldn't think twice about protecting their dog from an attacker. If you've been hurt as a result of defending your pet, you should know that you don't have to live with those costs. The dog's owner can be held responsible for your medical care, missed work days, pain and suffering associated with the attack. 

To win compensation, you'll need to file a claim against the aggressive dog's owner (and their homeowner's insurance policy). 

If the attacking dog was known to be dangerous prior to the incident (like they had attacked someone before), then your case will be straight forward. That's because the owner is guilty of strict liability. They knew their dog was dangerous and they didn't take the necessary steps to protect others from it. Therefore, the accident is 100 percent their fault. 

Proving strict liability, however, isn't always easy. Most dog owners aren't going to admit they knew their dog was aggressive, so you'll need proof. This is the point where most people contact their personal injury attorney. An attorney can help you construct your case to ensure there's no doubt about the dog's dangerous history. 

The alternative is to prove the dog owner's was negligent in some way, and that negligence led their dog to attack you.

(Want more information? Download my free book "How to Make a Successful Dog Bite Injury Claim In Texas" here.) 


Contact a Dog Bite Injury Lawyer in Fort Worth

If you or a loved one has been injured in any kind of dog attack, please contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm. We'll discuss the details of your case and help you determine the best course of action. All consultations are free. Call us at 817-294-1900.

Other Articles You Might Be Interested In:
Winning Your Texas Dog Attack Case: Proving Owner Negligence
Strict Liability: Making a Claim against a Vicious Dog Owner
Finding the Best Texas Lawyer for Your Dog Bite Case
Making a Claim For Scars, Lacerations and Facial Disfigurement
Why It's So Important To Document Your Claim   

Mark A. Anderson
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