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Dog Bite Injury Lawyer

Dog Bite Injury Lawyer in Texas

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If you or someone you care about has been injured by a dog bite, you know how overwhelming the process can be. That’s where our dog bite lawyers can takeover and help.

For over 40 years, our personal injury lawyers have won victories for thousands of East Texans who have been injured by aggressive dog bites (and their negligent owners).

Our Plan to Help You

Our dog bite lawyers have a simple plan to help you get back on your feet:

  • Tell us about your case.
  • We take over fighting the insurance company, while you focus on getting better.
  • We work tirelessly on your case until it is fully and fairly resolved.

Dog Bite Injuries in Texas

While many states have strict liability laws for dog bite cases, Texas is not one of them. In fact, Texas does not have a dog bite statute — instead, the state relies on what is known as the “one bite rule,” which means that a dog bite victim can only recover compensation if the owner or keeper of a dog:

  • Has a dog that has bitten someone before or acted like it was going to bite someone; and
  • The owner/keeper was aware that the dog bit or tried to bite someone.

However, if a dog is known to be “vicious, dangerous or mischievous,” Texas courts will apply a strict liability rule and a dog bite victim will not have to prove that the owner knew the dog was a danger.

Dog bite victims in Texas may also be able to recover compensation by filing a “negligent handling” action. To prevail, it must be proven that:

  • The defendant owned or possessed the dog;
  • The defendant had a reasonable duty of care to prevent the dog from biting you;
  • The defendant breached that duty; and
  • The breach caused your injury.

Even though the state of Texas does not have a dog bite statute, there are many local animal control laws that, if violated, could allow a dog bite victim to recover compensation for a bite. For example, if you live in an area that requires all dogs to be leashed and you are bitten by an unleashed dog, you may be able to recover under what is known as the “negligence per se” doctrine. You just need to prove that there was a statute violation and that this violation caused your injuries.

Choose the Firm That Wins

Our dog bite attorneys have an unparalleled track record with dog bite injury claims. We’ve worked hard to earn a national reputation; one that has put us on the map with insurance companies.

Our dog bite lawyers have been featured on national news programs, such as CNN and Good Morning America, for helping injured East Texans.

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Through skill, experience, and care, our dog bite attorneys have earned hundreds of 5-star reviews from our clients.

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If the only thing you get out of talking to us is to learn your options, then you will already be a step ahead of the insurance company.

Common Questions after a Dog Bite Injury

If you’ve been injured by a dog bite, you may have a lot of questions. Our dog bite lawyers are available to answer them. Here are some of the common questions we hear after a dog bite injury:

  • What should I do immediately after a dog bite?

    Immediately after a dog bite, you should seek medical attention even if the injury seems minor. It’s important to document your injuries and get treatment to prevent infection. Report the incident to local authorities and animal control. Gather contact information from the dog owner and any witnesses. Take photos of your injuries and the scene.

  • How can I prove the dog owner’s liability?

    Proving the dog owner’s liability involves demonstrating that the owner was negligent or that the dog had a history of aggression. Evidence such as witness statements, medical records, photos of injuries, and any prior complaints about the dog can support your case. An experienced dog bite lawyer can help gather and present this evidence effectively.

  • What are my rights if the dog owner is uninsured?

    If the dog owner is uninsured, you still have options for compensation. You may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the owner. Additionally, your own insurance policy might cover some of the costs, such as health insurance or homeowners’ insurance. Consulting with a dog bite lawyer can help identify all possible sources of compensation.

  • What compensation can I claim for dog bite injuries?

    Compensation for dog bite injuries can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded if the dog owner’s conduct was particularly reckless. A dog bite lawyer can help you assess the full extent of your damages and pursue the appropriate compensation.

  • How long do I have to file a claim?

    The time limit to file a dog bite injury claim varies by state, but in Texas, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the injury. It’s crucial to act quickly to preserve evidence and ensure that your claim is filed within the legal timeframe. Consulting with a lawyer soon after the incident can help protect your rights.

It’s important to act quickly after a dog bite injury. The dog owner’s insurance company is already investigating your claim. You need your lawyer to immediately investigate your case and preserve critical evidence before it’s gone.

So is it worth the hassle of calling a dog bite lawyer to talk about your case?

If the only thing you got out of calling our firm was to learn whether you had a case, then it would be worth it.

If the only thing you got out of calling our firm was to get fast access to top-rated doctors, then it would be worth it.

If the only thing you got out of calling our firm was to get your medical expenses and lost wages paid for, then it would be worth it.

If the only thing you got by calling our firm was to get the insurance company to pay you the fair value for your injury, then it would be worth it.

But we do all the above and more. We preserve the critical evidence in your case, collect all the available insurance benefits available to you, work with your creditors to get you back on your feet, and much more.

It’s decision time. You can get on the road to recovery by letting our lawyers help you. Or, at the very least, you can call us for a free, no-commitment consultation about your case.

Contact us today at (903) 597-6000 or by using the contact form on this page. We’re always here to talk.

Get the Compensation You Deserve

The consultation is completely free, so you have nothing to lose by calling our office to discuss your case.

In fact, you will gain insight into whether you have a case or not from our highly skilled, nationally recognized attorneys. Our auto accident lawyers have represented accident victims in injury claims and wrongful death claims in Tyler, Longview, all of East Texas, across the state and the country – and even around the world, with a case involving the German Autobahn.

Contact us now at 903-597-6000 or fill out our online contact form. There is no charge for the initial review. Remember: The call costs you nothing, but it could mean everything.

What Our Clients Say:

“My husband and I were involved in a serious auto accident. While recovering in a rehab facility, I soon realized that I needed help…so I called Roberts and Roberts, the firm my husband referred some of his customers to when they needed professional assistance. Mike Ace was assigned to our case. He was very professional, helpful, and caring. I would recommend Mike and his firm to anyone!”

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