When an individual is attacked or bitten by a dog, a dog bites lawyer is instrumental in helping the victim receive compensation for their injury. If you have been attacked by a dog, the owner can be held financially responsible for the resulting injuries. A reputable personal injury attorney serving the Austin, TX-area, Luke Dow at Luke Dow Law Firm has helped many dog bite victims receive compensation for their injuries.
Dog Bites: Injuries and Effects
Serious injuries and impairments resulting from dog bites include scarring, disfigurement, severe infection, broken bones, nerve damage, emotional trauma, paralysis, and death. There are cases in which scarring and disfigurement can be improved, however, that is not guaranteed. Many dog bites leave victims permanently scarred or disfigured, and often immobile, amputated, or paralyzed. If left untreated, rabies, which infects the central nervous system, can yield deadly results.
Serious injuries and impairments resulting from dog bites include scarring, severe infection, disfigurement, and paralysis.
The emotional and psychological impact of a dog bite is not to be overlooked, as victims often suffer nightmares, post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, and other debilitating conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4.5 million dog bites happen each year in the United States. Most victims in the U.S. are children between the ages of five and nine. While children are especially vulnerable, they are not the only victims, as an aggressive or cornered dog may attack anyone. Approximately one in five dog bites require medical attention.
A Dog Owner’s Responsibilities
Dog bite cases fall under personal injury law in Texas, therefore, a statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit applies. The timeframe is typically two years, beginning on the day of the bite. Should the victim file outside of that timeframe, their case will likely be dismissed. However, if they file on time, they may receive compensation if they can prove at least one of the following requirements:
- The owner was aware that the dog had previously bitten someone or acted aggressively
- The owner did not control their dog or prevent the incident from happening
It is not only the owner of the dog that may be legally responsible in a dog bite case. A landlord or landowner can be held liable for their failure to rid their premises of a dog that is known to be dangerous. Attorney Luke Dow will examine your case thoroughly to determine who is responsible for your injury and pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.
Financial Compensation in Dog Bite Injury Cases
In Texas, dog bite victims may be able to recover economic damages for medical bills (including future medical costs for scarring, disfigurement, and other permanent or continuous medical and physical issues), lost wages, and diminished earning capacity. Victims may also be eligible to recover damages for pain and suffering and emotional trauma. The type and amount of damages will depend largely on the severity of the injury, total sum of income lost in recovery, when and if the victim was able to return to work, and the toll the injury had on their overall well-being.
Schedule a Consultation with Attorney Luke Dow
It is imperative that you hire a qualified and proven attorney to handle your case. Luke Dow, named in the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, has earned a reputation not only as a successful lawyer, but also as a compassionate attorney that keeps his client’s best interest at the forefront. To learn how he can help, contact us online or call our office at (512) 480-9502.