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Dallas Dog Bite Injury Lawyer
If you, your spouse, your child, or one of your parents was bitten by a dog in Texas, you may be able to recover compensation with help from an aggressive and experienced personal injury lawyer. The dedicated Dallas dog bite attorneys of Queenan Law have more than 20 years of experience helping the victims of animal attacks pursue the maximum compensation for medical bills, lost earnings, and other losses inflicted through negligence.
To set up a free legal consultation, call our law offices today at (817) 719-8082. Our dog bite lawyers also handle cases in Arlington, Fort Worth, and Houston.
Deaths and Common Injuries Caused by Dog Bites in Texas
Dogs are a beloved part of millions of Texas families. However, a dog that is aggressive, anxious, or poorly trained can bite another person with no warning, leading to devastating and sometimes fatal injuries.
Even small breeds possess powerful canines which are capable of inflicting deep puncture wounds and large lacerations, often resulting in scarring and infections. Babies, children, and elderly individuals are particularly susceptible to serious complications. Some common examples of injuries and health problems resulting from dog bites can include:
- Broken Bones
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Facial Injuries
- Finger Amputation
- Nerve Damage
- Puncture Wounds
- Throat and Neck Injuries
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Torn Ligaments
- Vision Loss
- Wrongful Death
Though less common, dogs can also cause injuries in ways other than biting. For instance, a dog that gets too excited or aggressive can jump on a person, knocking them over and causing them to strike their head, back, or other parts of the body. This type of scenario can lead to a back injury, traumatic brain injury, concussion, hip fracture, or other injury.
Aggressive Breeds Most Likely to Attack People
Pit Bulls inarguably receive the most media coverage when a fatal mauling or dog attack occurs anywhere in the United States. While it’s true that Pit Bulls account for a disproportionately high number of dog bites – as many as 76%, by some estimates – they are not the only breed to be associated with a large number of serious or fatal bite wounds. In fact, some of the most aggressive breeds are those typically perceived as friendly, family-oriented dogs, such as the Labrador Retriever and Saint Bernard.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dog breeds most likely to bite or attack include the:
- Chow Chow
- Cocker Spaniel
- German Shepherd
- Jack Russell Terrier
- Labrador Retriever
- Lhasa Apso
- Saint Bernard
- Shih Tzu
- Springer Spaniel
Though the trend is not exclusive to any particular breed, Texas reports more fatal dog attack injuries than any other state in the country, with 34 bite-related deaths occurring between January 2005 and February 2013.
Mail carriers have an especially high risk of being bitten or mauled. Nearly 60 postal carriers were attacked in Dallas alone during 2015, with another 39 bites reported in Fort Worth.
When Are Pet Owners Liable for Dog Bite Injuries in Texas?
Every state follows different legal standards with regard to owner liability for dog bite injuries. While Texas does not currently possess an explicit dog bite liability statute, prior court cases have set a precedent for determining bite liability.
When a person is bitten by a pet dog in Texas, the owner or person who was controlling the dog at the time of the attack may be liable under the “one bite rule” if the attack victim can prove that the dog owner:
- Was aware that the animal had a history of violent or aggressive behavior.
- Acted negligently in restraining or controlling the dog, leading to a preventable bite injury. Failure to comply with Dallas leash laws, or leash laws in other cities, could be an example. Negligence, which is a critical element of personal injury claims and lawsuits, means that a person failed to exercise reasonable, adequate precautions that were necessary in order to prevent, or minimize the risk of, a foreseeable accident, such as a dog biting somebody.
Bitten by a Dog? Get Legal Help from Experienced Attorneys Serving Dallas and Houston
With over 20 years of experience, our trusted and respected legal team is firmly committed to helping Texas injury victims fight to recover compensation for medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other losses. At Queenan Law, our goal is to achieve a resolution that will enable you to move forward from your injuries with the financial resources you need to obtain high quality medical treatment.
The attorneys of Queenan Law will scrutinize every detail of your dog bite injury in order to determine whether you were the victim of a negligent pet owner or vicious animal. When you call our law offices at (817) 719-8082 for your free confidential legal consultation, we will provide you with clear and honest answers about whether you have a case. We handle dog bite claims in Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, and Arlington.