Although dogs are a very popular pet and can be trained to behave well, dog bite injuries are surprisingly common. According to the site dogsbite.org, a non-profit public education website, about 1,000 U.S. citizens require emergency care treatment for serious dog bite injuries, and about 9,500 citizens are hospitalized due to dog bite injuries annually. The most recent survey by the CDC discovered that an estimated 4,521,300 persons suffered dog bites each year between 2001 and 2003. Of this number, 885,000 needed medical attention.
Texas is a “one bite rule” rule state. To qualify for damages due to a dog bite, the injured party must show: the dog owner knew of a previous biting incident or that the dog acted aggressively in the past, or the owner was negligent in preventing the bite or controlling the dog, and this negligence resulted in the injury. If you or your child suffered a dog bite and aren’t sure of your legal rights, call our team at FVF. Our Austin personal injury lawyers have extensive experience handling a variety dog bite claims. Do not wait to act, there is a 2-year statute of limitations under Texas law, meaning if you do not file your case within two years of the date of the dog bite, a court will not hear the case. Our attorneys will honestly evaluate your case to see if you have grounds to take legal action.
Our Austin personal injury attorneys understand just how stressful it is to be injured by a dog, especially if your child is the one hurt. If you are hesitant to take legal action because you know the dog owner, or if the owner is a stranger, we can help you determine the best legal course of action. You deserve to receive fair compensation to cover your medical bills and any income you lost missing work. Speak with one or our injury attorneys today to get the answers you need.