We love dogs but not irresponsible dog owners. Dog bites should never be taken lightly. A serious dog bite — even by a small dog — can result in permanent muscle damage and deep tissue scars that can require major reconstructive surgery.
We love dogs but not irresponsible dog owners. Dog bites should never be taken lightly. A serious dog bite — even by a small dog — can result in permanent muscle damage and deep tissue scars that can require major reconstructive surgery. Children, especially, are subject not only to physical injury but also to ongoing psychological trauma and emotional distress, particularly if the visible scars are to the face, hands or lower arms. Parents who see the attack on their children can, in certain circumstances, make their own claims and recover monetary compensation for their own personal emotional distress.
Dog Bite Cases Can Be Complex
Dog bite injury claims in Texas are not as straightforward as they might seem. Texas follows the “one free bite” rule. The courts may not place liability on the pet owner if the dog has no previous record of a bite or attack (Some breeds are not given this leeway). When pursuing damages against an owner, it is important to thoroughly investigate the case to determine whether the dog has bitten anyone in the past or if the owner was negligent in handling the dog. If a dog is deemed by a Court to be dangerous to the public, there can be severe consequences for both the owner and the dog.
In addition, children are often the victim of dog bites, frequently from a dog with which they are familiar. It is often difficult to determine whether the dog bit the child as a result of rough play or whether the dog was provoked. Many dog owners will protect their dog’s reputation at the expense of a dog bite victim. Therefore, the investigation into a dog bite case starts immediately and an experienced lawyer at J. Chad Parker, PLLC. is here to help you uncover the truth.
Compensation for Dog Bites
Many dog bite victims don’t pursue a lawsuit for financial damages because they know the dog owner. In most cases, however, we seek compensation from the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance only, so there is very little financial impact on the pet owner. We work with medical specialists and experts to determine the full extent of financial damages the victim is likely to face over a lifetime.
We can help you recover money for immediate medical treatment for wounds and infections, as well as long-term needs such as physical and occupational therapy, psychological counseling and future reconstructive surgery. Don’t let the negligent dog owner avoid liability. Your family has the right to fight for the full and fair money damages to which it is entitled.
Dog bites and children
A parent owes it to his or her child to make sure the child’s legal rights are protected and pursued. In many cases, we can help the child obtain compensation that can be used for future expenses as an adult, including medical costs and educational needs. Under the right circumstances, an educational trust or annuity may be appropriate for the child.
East Texas dog bite attorney J Chad Parker has the experience to see your dog bite case through to the end; a settlement when that’s possible, and a verdict when it’s necessary to go to trial. He’s a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Specialist. Contact Chad for a free consultation today.