Dog attacks are traumatic experiences that can have serious ramifications for a victim, both physically and emotionally. From permanent scars and physical disfigurements to post-traumatic stress disorder, a dog attack survivor could face many damages due to a loose, violent or aggressive dog. If you have injuries from a Mesquite dog attack or lost a loved one this way, please contact our lawyers for a free consultation. The Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. offers free initial injury consultations in Dallas County, Texas.
Why Clients Choose Us
We have the determination to get the best possible results for our clients, even if that means proceeding to court with a case. Our lead attorney, Aaron A. Herbert, has over 50 jury trials under his belt.
We provide compassionate and personal legal representation. Our lawyers know how devastating a dog attack can be on a survivor and his or her family. We can provide for more than just your legal needs.
We accept Mesquite dog attack cases on a contingency fee payment basis. As our client, you will only pay legal costs and attorney’s fees after we win your case – and only if we win.
Texas Dog Bite Liability Laws
Unlike strict liability dog bite states, Texas uses a one-bite or negligence rule. While the state technically does not have a dog bite law, historically the courts have treated claims like typical negligence-based injury cases. As a victim, this means you or your lawyer will have to prove a pet owner’s negligence or fault to recover compensation for your damages.
- The defendant owned or was in physical control of the dog at the time of the attack.
- You were lawfully on the defendant’s private property or in a public place.
- The owner knew or reasonably should have known the dog might attack.
- The dog attacked you and caused the damages in question.
- You did not provoke the dog or instigate the attack.
These are the five main elements needed for a successful dog bite injury claim in Texas. One of the most important aspects is proving the defendant’s negligence. You or your attorney will need proof that the owner should have known of the dog’s propensity to bite, such as a previous attack. Then, you will have to prove the owner negligently failed to prevent a foreseeable attack, such as by letting his or her dog run at large in Dallas County. Aaron A. Herbert can help you bring the elements of a claim in Mesquite.
Common Dog Attack Injuries
A dog attack can lead to many catastrophic and permanent injuries. As a survivor, you may have serious injuries that lead to days spent in the hospital and thousands of dollars in medical bills. Treatments may include surgeries, skin grafts, sutures, a cast, antibiotics, and rabies shots. Common injuries related to dog attacks include puncture wounds, lacerations, pulled muscles, broken bones, face and scalp injuries, degloving, and lost fingers. Children and the elderly are most at risk of fatal injuries in a dog attack.
Contact Us After a Dog Attack in Mesquite, TX
Holding a pet owner financially responsible for a dog attack could pay you for damages such as past and future medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain, emotional distress, psychological trauma, loss of income, lost quality of life, or wrongful death damages. Filing a claim could also push the negligent pet owner to make changes in how he or she controls a dangerous dog, such as by installing a fence or muzzling the pet in public places. This may prevent attacks in the future.
Find out if you have a claim against an owner for a dog attack in Mesquite during a free consultation. Contact us online or reach the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. directly at (214) 200-4878.