Representing Dog Bite Victims in Austin, Texas
Being bitten by a dog can be a terrifying experience and can lead to expensive medical bills. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog in Austin, Texas, our top Texas attorneys at Carabin Shaw will work with you to seek justice and receive compensation for what you have suffered.How Common Are Dog Bites?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 4.5 million people suffer from dog bites every year. Of those bitten, one in five require medical care for their injuries.Are Dog Bites Serious?
Dog bites can lead to serious injuries that require medical care. Individuals may need to take time off work, devote time to rehabilitation, or undergo plastic surgery. In some cases, dog bites or attacks can be fatal.What Should I Do If I Have Been Bitten By a Dog?
First things first, you should always seek medical care immediately after being bitten by a dog or another animal. Even if the bite does not look like it may need stitches, the wound could be infected. After seeking medical care, it is important to report the incident to Austin law enforcement. If there were any eyewitnesses to the incident, it is helpful to obtain their contact information. Also, take photos of your injuries and save copies of medical bills and reports. Then contact an experienced attorney. You can find Carabin Shaw’s client reviews here.Who Is Liable for Dog Bites?
Who is liable for a dog bite depends on the situation. In Texas, owners are responsible for their dogs’ behavior. However, Texas also adheres to the One Bite Rule. The One Bite Rule states that owners are only responsible for dog bites if their dog has bitten someone before. If the dog that bit you has never bitten anyone before, the owner may not be held liable for the incident. Austin dog bite lawyers will conduct a thorough investigation of your case to discover whether the dog that bit you has bitten anyone before.Are There Exceptions to the One Bite Rule?
Yes, there are exceptions to the One Bite Rule. For instance, an owner may be responsible for a first-time dog bite if they suspected that their dog might bite someone. Austin, Texas, personal injury lawyers are well-versed in the laws, rules, and regulations surrounding dog bites.What If the Dog Is a Stray?
Dogs are not responsible for dog bites; owners are. If the dog that bit you was a stray, then you will not be able to file a lawsuit or receive compensation.What Can I Receive Compensation For?
A lawyer will fight for your right to receive compensation for: medical expenses, lost income due to missing work, loss of future income, pain and suffering, rehabilitation expenses, and more.What Will Happen to the Dog?
Some people fail to report dog bites or to seek compensation for injuries because they worry the dog may be put to sleep. Often, this is not the case. Usually, the owner must restrain the dog in the future. In some cases, the dog may be removed from the owner’s care if they are perceived unsuitable to care for the dog.How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
A dog bite is considered a personal injury. In Texas, the statute of limitations—or how long you have to file a case—is two years from the date of the incident. However, the sooner you file a claim, the greater your chance of receiving compensation.How Do I File a Claim?
Carabin Shaw attorneys have been representing dog bite victims in Austin, Texas, for years. We offer a free case review / initial consultation. Someone is available to speak with you 24/7. Both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking staff are available. Call toll-free: 800-862-1260
1609 Shoal Creek Blvd #100
Austin, TX 78701