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Austin Dog Bite Lawyers

Austin Dog Bite Lawyers

Dog bites can be a traumatic experience for anyone, especially a child. It’s important to understand that you have options after a dog attack.

Texas law holds dog owners strictly liable when their dog bites another person and they knew their dog was dangerous. That means the dog owner (or their insurance company) may be automatically liable for your medical bills and other damages related to the dog bite. Our experienced Austin dog bite lawyers at FVF Law Injury Attorneys can help you understand your options and educate you on your rights during a free, no-pressure consultation.

Our law office has over 80 years of combined experience handling dog bites and other complex personal injury claims. In that time, we’ve recovered millions of dollars to help injured clients like you put their lives back together after an injury. To learn about your legal rights to compensation, call our law offices in Austin, Texas, to schedule a free consultation today at (512) 982-9328.

How FVF Law Injury Attorneys Can Help After a Dog Bite in Austin

Dogs bite for any number of reasons. Regardless of why the dog bit, the dog’s owner and any other negligent parties may be responsible for the damage.

You may know that you can collect compensation. Still, you may not know what your case is worth or how to file a claim for damages. Our experienced Austin personal injury lawyers can handle your injury claim while you recover.

At FVF Law Injury Attorneys, we have a reputation for winning fair compensation for our clients. We know the insurance rules inside and out–and we’ve been recognized for our success. Members of our legal team have been recognized by Super Lawyers and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We’ve also earned a perfect-10 Avvo rating.

Hire us, and you’ll have a lawyer to:

  • Offer sound legal advice and guide you through the legal process
  • Gather evidence to support your injury claim
  • Hire expert witnesses to testify on your behalf
  • Calculate the value of your injury claim
  • Negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.

If you have questions about your rights, we have answers. Call today to schedule a free no-obligation consultation with an Austin personal injury attorney today.

How Common Are Dog Bites in Austin, TX?

According to the CDC, about 4.5 million dog bites are reported every year across the United States. Unfortunately, the injury rate is highest for young children between the ages of five and nine.

Texas is particularly dangerous when it comes to dog bites. The state often ranks number one in the nation for fatal dog bite injuries.

What Is My Austin Dog Bite Case Worth?

No two injury cases are exactly the same. That makes it difficult to estimate how much your personal injury case is worth without all of the facts.

That said, some important factors include:

  • The nature of your injuries
  • Whether you’ll suffer a long-term disability
  • The cost of your medical treatment
  • Your need for ongoing medical care or rehabilitation
  • Whether you or a family member lost wages due to the injury
  • The victim’s age and identity, which can influence the level of emotional suffering involved

Most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance policies cover dog bite injuries. These policies will likely cover your dog bite regardless of whether they happened on the dog owner’s property. You may have other options for recovering compensation if the dog owner does not have insurance.

Call FVF Law Injury Attorneys to schedule a free, educational case review today.

What Types of Damages Are Available to Dog Bite Victims?

You shouldn’t downplay the cost of dog bite injuries. Medical bills can add up quickly. You may struggle with complications and mental health issues that can take months, if not years, to heal.

Under Texas personal injury laws, you can seek compensation for your economic damages and your personal, non-economic damages.

Economic damages are those with an obvious financial value, such as:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced earning potential
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitative surgeries
  • Counseling

Non-economic damages are your personal and subjective losses, including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Physical scars and disfigurement
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Loss of consortium

Your non-economic damages can form a substantial part of your compensation award. These damages are also the most difficult to prove.

Our lawyers in Austin have been helping clients fight for fair compensation for decades. We can help you evaluate your damages and determine your case’s value. That way, you’ll be in a position to demand compensation for every loss after your dog bite.

Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Dog Bite in Texas?

Dog owners often try to avoid liability by blaming the victim for provoking the dog. Under Texas modified comparative negligence rules, you can recover compensation as long as you were less than 51% responsible for the dog attack. Your compensation can be reduced in proportion to your share of fault.

However, if your share of fault is 51% or more, you lose your right to sue for damages entirely.

These comparative negligence laws only apply in cases where the dog owner was negligent. If the dog owner knew the dog was dangerous, the owner might be held strictly liable even if your actions provoked the dog in some way.

Cases involving shared fault can be particularly complex. You deserve an experienced lawyer who can defend you if you’re being blamed for causing your own injuries. FVF Law Injury Attorneys would be proud to stand up for you. Just call our law firm for your free case evaluation today.

We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Dog Bite Injuries

Even a relatively minor injury can have serious consequences. Dog bite injuries can be painful. Some can even interfere with your ability to work and earn a living.

At FVF Law Injury Attorneys, our Austin dog bite attorneys often represent clients who have sustained:

  • Severe cuts and puncture wounds
  • Nerve damage
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Eye injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Concussions
  • Internal injuries
  • Crushing injuries
  • Infections
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis
  • Permanent scarring and disfigurement
  • Permanent and catastrophic injuries

Severe dog bite injuries can be fatal. If you lost a loved one because of a dog bite or animal attack, our lawyers can help you seek fair compensation for wrongful death.

How Do I Prove Liability After a Dog Bite in Texas?

To recover damages in a personal injury case, you’ll have to prove that someone else was responsible for your injuries.

Dog bite injury cases are different from typical personal injury claims involving car accidents or slip and fall accidents. Like many other states, a “one bite rule” applies in the state of Texas.

Under Texas law, dog owners can be held strictly liable for injuries caused by a dog if they know the dog is dangerous. The law presumes that the owner knows about the dog’s vicious tendencies if the dog has bitten someone in the past. If the dog has never bitten before, you’ll have to prove the dog was vicious to seek compensation.

Unlike other states, Texas doesn’t have a special law that applies in dog bite cases. However, the state Supreme Court has provided guidance on the elements that a victim must prove to recover damages.

To recover compensation, you’ll have to prove:

  • The dog has displayed an ability to cause harm in the past
  • The dog owner knew about the dog’s vicious tendencies
  • The dog actually caused your injuries

Owners of dogs that are classified as “dangerous dogs” in Texas are subject to additional requirements. They’re required to register the animal and keep it restrained at all times. Owners who fail to comply can be held liable for resulting damages.

Can Dog Owners Be Liable for Negligence?

Yes. Not all dog bite claims are based on strict liability. Dog owners can also be held liable if they’re negligent and their dog bites someone. Negligence is a failure to exercise reasonable caution under the circumstances.

There are many different ways to prove negligence. A dog owner may be negligent by:

  • Failing to comply with the leash laws in Austin
  • Failing to keep the dog secured in an enclosed area
  • Allowing the dog to roam freely
  • Encouraging the dog’s aggressive behavior

It’s also possible that your injuries happened because someone other than the dog owner was negligent. If a pet sitter, groomer, or veterinarian was negligent in caring for the animal, they could also be liable for dog bite injuries.

How Long Do I Have to File a Dog Bite Lawsuit if I Was Bitten By a Dog in Texas?

We know things can be overwhelming in the aftermath of an injury, especially if the victim was a child. Still, you shouldn’t wait to take legal action. Texas laws only give dog bite victims two years to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages. Once the two-year statute of limitations runs out, you lose your right to pursue compensation.

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Contact Our Austin Dog Bite Lawyers for a Free Consultation

If you were bitten by someone else’s dog, it’s important to speak with a lawyer who can help you understand your legal options. Call our Austin dog bite lawyers at FVF Law Injury Attorneys today. We offer a no-obligation consultation to discuss your case.

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