Have you, or someone you love, been bitten or attacked by someone else’s dog? If so, you deserve to understand your rights to compensation. While dogs can be wonderful, loving companions, we cannot ignore the fact that they are animals with the ability to cause great harm, especially to small children. Our Houston dog bite attorney explains what to look out for, who is liable in the event of an attack, and how you can seek compensation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are roughly 4.5 million dog bites in the United States each year, and nearly 1 out of every 5 dog bites leads to an infection, placing the victim at risk of serious illness, or even death.
To help prevent dog bites:
- Do not approach an unfamiliar dog.
- Do not run away from a dog.
- Before petting a dog, allow it to sniff you first.
- Do not encourage dogs to play aggressively.
- Do not allow small children to play with dogs unsupervised.
- If an unfamiliar dog approaches you, firmly say “No” or “Go home.”
- If you are approached by an unfamiliar dog, be still.
If you are bitten by a dog, be sure to wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water and apply an antibiotic cream. Once the wound is cleaned out, cover it with a clean bandage. If the wound becomes red, swollen or painful, be sure to seek medical attention.
Humans can contract several diseases from dog bites, including rabies, MRSA, tetanus, and pasteurella. According to the CDC, about 18 percent of dog bites become infected, so it’s something to watch out for.
In Texas, dog bite victims have certain legal protections. As a “one bite rule” state, if a victim wants to recover damages for their injuries, the injured must be able to show that: 1) the dog’s owner was aware that the dog had bitten before or had a propensity to act aggressive, or 2) the owner of the dog was negligent in controlling their pet or preventing the dog from biting the injured.
For instance, if the dog’s owner knew that their dog was aggressive but allowed it to roam the neighborhood freely, and the dog bit you while you were jogging or taking a walk, the dog’s owner would be negligent.
Generally, the two defenses available to dog owners in a Texas dog bite claim are lack of knowledge that the dog was aggressive, or trespassing.
At Jerome Fjeld & Associates, PLLC, our Houston dog bite attorneys can help you seek financial restitution from a negligent dog owner. Our injury firm has recovered millions for clients who have been victimized in accidents. With over 10 years of experience to back us, you can feel confident putting your case into our capable hands.
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