Dog bite injuries can be painful, and unfortunately, many dog bite victims are children. If you or someone you love was injured by a dog, it is important to obtain the services of a knowledgeable attorney in order to learn of the legal rights and remedies available to you. The San Antonio dog bite injury lawyers from Ramsey Hill, LLP are experienced in handling dog bite cases throughout the state.
If you are injured by a dog in Texas, there are important factors you need to be aware of. Texas law regarding dog bite injures follows a “one bite rule.” This means that in order to recover damages, you will need to prove that the dog’s owner knew that his or her dog had either previously bitten someone, or demonstrated aggressive behavior in the past. Additionally, it must be shown that a dog owner was negligent in controlling his or her dog, and that this negligence directly resulted in your injuries.
Following a dog bite, there are steps you can take to help you claim. First and foremost, get medical attention immediately. Your medical records will serve the dual purpose of documenting the extent of your injuries as well as how much your medical services cost. You will also want to check for rabies and other possible infections. Take date-stamped photographs as your injuries heal in order to show the length of time needed to heal completely, if possible.
You should also get the dog owner’s name, contact information and homeowner’s insurance policy. Additionally, you need to report any dog attack to the proper authorities, including law enforcement and animal control.
Finally, speak with an attorney about the legal options available to dog bite victims. If you are left with medical expenses and lost wages due to your injuries, you need to explore all avenues of compensation. The “one bite rule” in Texas can make proving liability complicated, and therefore the services of an experienced attorney can be invaluable.
If you or someone you love were attacked or bitten by a dog in Texas, you need an experienced lawyer to help you navigate the tricky laws regarding liability for dog bites. Please contact the experienced and proven San Antonio Dog Bite Attorneys at Hill Law Firm for more information – (210) 960-3939.