Your Rights If You Are Injured in a Dog Attack
Dog attacks are a scary reality in neighborhoods throughout Houston. Loose, unsecured canines can cause serious injury to unsuspecting adults and children. Unfortunately, many times owners are not held responsible for failing to keep people safe from their animals. If you are involved in a dog attack, you might be entitled to compensation. It is important to know your rights so that you receive the recovery you deserve.
At the Mayday Law Office, PLLC, our attorneys represent individuals who have been injured or killed in vicious animal attacks. We fight to ensure that our clients receive the maximum compensation for their injuries, including payment for their pain and suffering. If you are injured by a dog bite, contact our office at (281) 741-1162 for a free consultation.
Dog Bite Statistics in Houston
According to a recent report by ABC13 (KTRK), there has been a “series of violent dog attacks” in Houston communities. Several people have been seriously injured or killed as the result of these attacks, including a 71-year-old man who was “mauled to death by a pack of seven pit bulls” and a police officer who was bitten in the leg. The article notes that there have been 1,283 dog bites reported since the beginning of the year in Houston city limits.
The Houston Chronicle also reported on the recent rise in dog bites noting that a man was found mauled to death late last month. In another instance, a teen was hit by a car after running away from dogs. The attacks are prevalent and increasing.
Steps to Take If You Are Bit by a Dog
The most important thing to remember if you are attacked by a dog or another animal is to seek medical attention. Dogs carry bacteria in their saliva. If the bite breaks the skin, you could risk severe infection if the wound is not properly treated. Getting seen by a doctor immediately after the attack can help decrease your risk for complications.
Once you are able, you need to get the name of the owner of the dog. An owner may be held criminally and civilly liable if their dog attacks him. Next, it is strongly recommended that you contact a dog bite attorney. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and determine your legal options.
What Kinds of Injuries Can Occur with a Dog Bite?
While some injuries may be obvious after a dog bites, such as skin lacerations, others may be less apparent. Dog bite victims often experience psychological trauma after an attack. Young children are particularly susceptible to this kind of suffering. An attorney can help ensure that you receive compensation to help you cope with your or your child’s physical pain and emotional distress.
Other injuries may include permanent scars or disfigurement, nerve damage, loss of sensitivity, and debilitating pain. It is essential to discuss all of your injuries with your legal team to ensure that you receive the financial recovery you deserve.
Contact Our Office to Discuss Your Rights
If you were injured in a dog attack, contact our office at (281) 741-1162 to schedule a free consultation. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients and will fight for you. We proudly serve English and Non-English speaking clients. Call now to get started.