San Antonio & Laredo Dog Bite Lawyer
For millions of Americans, having a furry best friend is a normal part of life. Dog ownership and adoption have been on the rise for decades, and it’s mostly a great thing. However, a dog in hands of bad owners or one that is caught up in a frightening situation can lash out, causing serious injury or even death.
Injuries Resulting from Dog Bites
Dog bites frequently cause injuries of varying degrees. Some of the injuries our dog bite law firm sees most frequently are:
- Lacerations (cuts) and bruising
- Broken fingers, hands, and wrists
- Permanent scarring
What to Do After a Dog Bite
- Seek Immediate Medical Attention: If the injuries are severe, call an ambulance or visit the ER. Even if the injury does not seem too serious, immediate care should be taken to prevent infection.
- Call the Police: To preserve evidence and secure a better chance of receiving compensation, you should call the San Antonio police department or animal control. Ask them to fill out an incident report and provide you with all information regarding your dog bite.
- Document, Document, Document: The first step in holding someone responsible for your injuries is finding out who is responsible. If you know who owned or had possession of the dog, get their contact information as well as a photo of their I.D. and insurance if they have it available. Take pictures of your injuries and keep any police, animal control, and medical records.
TELL US WHAT HAPPENED
Common Dog Bite Questions
The dog owner is a friend of mine. I don’t want to sue him/her. What now?
This is a common concern in dog bite cases. Although the dog may be owned by your friend, the insurance company is the entity that pays the claims. The insurance company has a duty to defend and a duty to pay claims on behalf of the insured. Therefore, when you sue, you’re really dealing with the insurance company’s funds rather than going after the dog owner’s finances. At our firm, we typically won’t take on a case if the dog owner doesn’t have insurance that covers the claim. This means that we usually do not seek to recover money, property, or other assets directly from a pet owner’s coffers.
How do I get compensation for a dog bite?
Unless the dog has a good job, he probably won’t be able to reimburse you for your injuries. The good news is that dog bite claims are typically covered by the dog owner’s homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy. Most successful cases are handled by the injured party’s attorney and the attorneys who represent the insurance company. If you’re unsure whether you have a claim, we will be happy to look into it for you.
Damages (Compensation) in Dog Bite Cases
In a lawsuit against a negligent dog owner, we will sue to recover just compensation for all of your monetary damages, including:
- Past, current, and future medical bills
- Lost wages for the past and future (lost earning capacity)
- Physical impairment, scarring, and disfigurement
Texas Dog Bite Law
In Texas, there is not a specific “law on the books” regarding dog bites. However, most cases that end up in court are governed by what is called “case law.” In dog bite case law, Texas attorneys commonly refer to the “one bite rule.” In a nutshell, the rule means that a bite victim may recover compensation if the pet’s owner knew the dog had bitten someone before or knew the dog had a vicious temperament or a “propensity to attack.”
Contact San Antonio or Laredo Dog Bite Lawyer Eric Ramos Today
If you’ve been injured, time is of the essence. It’s important to preserve evidence as soon as possible. Let’s get started with a free consultation and Q&A session today. Click to call us at (210) 404-HURT or send us a message for immediate help.