Dogs can be loving members of the family, but they can also bite and hurt people. If you are bitten and seriously injured by a dog it can leave permanent scars on your body and your mind that make you not ever want to be around a dog again.
Sometimes these bites are caused by irresponsible dog owners. When this happens you should be compensated for your physical and mental injuries.
A significant dog bite can cause permanent scars, muscle damage and the need for reconstructive surgery.
This is especially traumatizing when a child is bitten. Not only for the child, but for the parent that witnesses it.
If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog, here is what you need to know:
What Must You Prove:
- the dog’s owner knew the dog had bitten someone before or had acted aggressively in the past, or
- the dog’s owner was negligent in controlling the dog or preventing the bite from occurring, and that negligence caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
How Long Do You Have to File Claim:
Although you up to two years to file a lawsuit a claim should be filed immediately. You want to file the claim immediately so while memories are still in tact, pictures and video can be taken, witness statements gathered and medical attention provided.
When Will the Dog Owner Not Be Responsible:
- an owner may not be legally responsible for a dog bite if the owner can show he or she had no knowledge that the dog has a habit of biting people, and that the owner was not negligent in failing to control the dog.
- If a person is bitten while unlawfully on the private property of another, the dog’s owner may not be legally responsible for the bite.
If you or a child in your family has suffered a serious dog bite in Texas, talk to an attorney at Blacknall Firm. We take dog bites seriously. Schedule a call here.