Advocating For Victims Of Dog Bites
While dogs are some of our most loved companions, dog bites can cause long-term physical and emotional harm. A bite can result in serious injuries or infection, which can cost victims their mobility, earning capacity or quality of life.
Personal injury lawyer Shane R. Kadlec in Houston, Texas, offers personalized services to his clients, helping them secure compensation to cover expenses incurred after injury. For your benefit, Mr. Kadlec works on a contingency basis, so you can focus on recovering while he handles your legal proceedings. If you or your loved one has sustained an injury after a dog bite, contact our firm to review your legal options.
An Overview Of Injuries
Dog bites can lead to a range of serious injuries, including severe infection, scarring, disfigurement, nerve damage, broken bones and emotional trauma. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4.5 million dog bite attacks take place in the United States each year. Children between the ages of five and nine are disproportionately represented, as they make up about half of all victims. Sadly, dozens of Americans, many of whom are children, are killed every year in dog bite attacks. There were 31 fatalities in 2016 alone.
Damages Awarded To Victims
Dog bite victims in Texas may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit to pursue damages. They can seek economic damages, including current and future medical bills, loss of income, and diminished earning capacity. They can also seek noneconomic damages, which can include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium, among others. The type and amount of compensation will vary depending on the severity of the injury and its long-term impact on your quality of life. Our team can evaluate the specifics of your case to ensure we secure maximum compensation on your behalf.
Texas Dog Bite Laws
To recover damages in a dog bite lawsuit, the injured victim must be able to demonstrate:
- The owner was aware the dog had previously bitten someone or acted aggressively
- The owner did not control the dog nor prevent the bite from happening, and their negligence was directly to blame for injuries sustained
Keep in mind that in Texas a dog bite case falls under personal injury. Therefore a statute of limitations applies. The statute allows two years to file a lawsuit, with the two-year window typically starting the day of the bite. Should you fail to file in that timeframe, your case will likely be dismissed in court.
Long-Term Effects Of An Injury
In some cases, scarring and disfigurement caused by a dog bite can improve over time. However, many dog bites leave victims permanently injured, resulting in loss of mobility, amputations and even paralysis. Rabies, which infects the central nervous system, is also a threat. If left untreated, this disease can be deadly. Dog bites also have intense emotional and psychological repercussions. Victims can develop lifelong depression, nightmares and post-traumatic stress, among other debilitating conditions.
Dog bites can lead to a range of serious injuries, including severe infection, scarring, disfigurement, nerve damage, broken bones and emotional trauma.
Contact Us To Learn More
Personal injury attorney Shane Kadlec believes in personalized care and works directly with his clients to achieve the most favorable outcome. If you have suffered physical or emotional trauma from a dog bite, Mr. Kadlec will fight aggressively for your right to compensation. To discuss your case in detail, contact us online or call 281-643-2000.