Dogs are natural guardians that protect us and our homes. We call them “man’s best friend” for a reason. As a dog owner, you know that your dog will happily greet you upon your arrival and for the most part follows your every command. So when you are attacked by a stranger or neighbor’s dog, you experience a very traumatic and emotionally damaging experience. You might even question whether it was something you did or how you could have done to prevent the incident as a whole. But the reality is, you are likely not to blame. In most cases, the dog’s owner is responsible for the dog’s harmful behavior.
If you were recently bitten by a dog or know someone who was, we recommend speaking with a dog bite attorney as soon as possible.
Why Taking Action is Necessary
Many times, dog bites are a result of a dog owner’s failure to secure the dog from others. Owners are responsible for keeping dogs on a leash when out in public and from attacking others when they are in the backyard or inside the home. Unfortunately, the majority of dog bites take place on private property. For example, you could have been arriving at someone’s home when the dog attacked you. However, there are statutes that protect you from such an incident.
The risk of doing nothing following a dog bite is that the dog will continue this vicious cycle, putting other victims at risk. But most importantly, you deserve compensation for the trauma and pain that you endured. In Texas, recovering damages for a dog bite involves two key occurrences: 1) the dog owner was aware of the dog’s aggressive behavior or previously harmed someone and 2) the dog owner was negligent in controlling the dog i.e. the attack could have been prevented.
Speak With an Experienced Lawyer Today — Contact the Law Office of Javier Martinez, Jr., PC Today
There are a couple of telltale signs that speaking with a dog bite lawyer will benefit your situation. These include: if you sought medical attention following the bite; if the dog’s owner has been negligent about the dog’s whereabouts; if you’re suffering from emotional trauma; and if you are no longer able to participate in certain activities following the incident. Even if you’re not sure what steps to take, give us a call. Our team will help you determine the best course of action.