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Dog Attacks Resulting in Catastrophic Injuries: Understanding Your Rights

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Harris County Dog Bite Injury LawyerOver 50 million dogs live in the United States and the majority of these animals do not pose a threat to humans. Unfortunately, some dogs do attack people and often, the results are horrific. Dog attacks can lead to severe and fatal injuries – especially when the attack involves elderly people, children, or those in poor health.

If you or a loved one were attacked by a dog, you may be able to hold the dog owner legally responsible. You may also be entitled to financial compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.

Dog Bite Laws in Texas

Sometimes, a dog nips someone and leaves little more than a bruise or small scrape. However, severe, life-altering injuries can result from dog attacks including nerve damage, infection, loss of vision, brain and spine injuries, and more. Dog attacks can also have a profound psychological impact on victims. Many dog bite victims suffer from anxiety, phobias, and post-traumatic stress after the attack.

Texans who are harmed in a dog attack may be entitled to financial compensation for their injuries. Dog owners in Texas are liable for injuries caused by a dog attack when:

  • The dog had previously shown signs of aggression toward people

  • The dog owner’s failure to control and contain the dog leads someone to be injured

  • The injured person was not trespassing at the time of the dog attack

Legal Rights of Dog Bite Victims

Individuals who are attacked by dogs may be able to seek justice for the attack and financial compensation for their expenses through a personal injury claim. The attack victim may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Past and future medical bills related to the dog attack injuries

  • Lost wages from missed work during recovery

  • Damage to the victim’s earning capacity caused by disabling injuries

  • Property damage resulting from the attack

  • Physical pain and suffering

  • Mental anguish

  • Loss of quality of life

Contact a Harris County Dog Bite Injury Lawyer for Help

If you or a loved one were bitten by a dog, you may be able to hold the dog owner accountable and recover compensation through a personal injury claim. At the Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec, we understand the profound physical and psychological suffering dog attack victims face. Our Houston personal injury attorneys are prepared to help you seek justice and monetary damages. Call our office today for a free initial case assessment at 281-643-2000.

 

Sources:

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.822.htm

https://www.chp.edu/injury-prevention/safety/home-and-yard/dog-bites/facts-and-figures

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