Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
Negligent Pet Owners Can Be Held Accountable
The experience of a dog bite or other type of animal attack can result in physical and emotional scarring. The scarring can be particularly long lasting when a child is the victim. Webb, Stokes & Sparks provides dedicated legal representation to dog bite victims. We ensure your rights, or your child's rights, are protected and that fair compensation is obtained. Were you bitten by a dog such as a pit bull, Rottweiler, or other dangerous breed? Are you seeking legal help for an injury to a child?
Understanding Texas Dog Bite Laws
Webb, Stokes & Sparks can discuss the circumstance leading to your injury. If the bite occurred on a person's property, your claim may be handled under premises liability law. Additionally, municipalities and counties may have specific leash laws or other laws.
The owner is liable for the dog bite if one of the following conditions is met:
He or she had knowledge of the dog previously biting someone or knowledge of the animal's propensity to bite
The dog bite injury was caused by the negligence of the dog owner
The dog bite injury was caused by a violation of a leash law or other animal control law
The dog bite injury was an intentional action of the dog owner
Dog Bite and Animal Attack Injuries and Damages
Although many dogs are gentle and respond well to attention from people, it is important to remember that all dogs can lash out if they feel scared or threatened for any reason. When interacting with any strange dog, you must proceed with caution — the damages that result from a dog bite can be debilitating.
Dog bite injuries can go beyond bruising, lacerations, or breaks in the skin. A dog that feels threatened enough to attack a person can cause serious injury. In severe cases, a dog bite victim may sustain permanent scarring and disfigurement or damage to tissues, nerves, and other body systems. The bacteria that is present in a dog’s saliva can cause disease and infection as well, which may contribute to additional issues in the future.
A dog bite may cause injuries and conditions such as:
Scarring and disfigurement
Disease and infections
Other animals can be dangerous too, and the owners who are responsible for controlling those animals can be held liable for damages if their animal injures someone. Pets and other domesticated animals can cause injury by biting or scratching. Larger animals, such as horses, may kick or cause riders to fall. In cases of animal attacks, pet owners and people who own zoos, farms, and other properties may be responsible.
It is important to receive medical attention as soon as possible if you have been bitten by a dog or attacked by another animal.
Call Webb, Stokes & Sparks to Discuss Your Case for Free
Fighting for injured Texans since 1956, our attorneys can ensure your claim is given the attention it deserves. We frequently work with experts to determine the full physical and financial impact on the victim's life. We work to obtain fair compensation for people who may have permanent scars and disfigurement. The settlement award can provide for future surgeries if necessary. Webb, Stokes & Sparks considers all elements of the victim's suffering.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite, contact our firm to schedule your free initial consultation.