San Antonio Animal Attack or Dog Bite
The prevalence of dog bites in Texas is fairly high. In fact, Texas is the second-most dog-bite-prevalent state in the country. In San Antonio alone, about 1,000 people are bitten yearly. If you’ve been the victim of a dog bite, you’ll want to know your legal options and how to move forward.
Victims of animal attacks often believe they are limited to two options after an attack—receive medical treatment and file a report; however, there is another option that can help them recover compensation for injuries: hiring a San Antonio Tx premises liability attorney who specializes in these types of personal injury cases. In many cases, it is possible to file a lawsuit against the owner of the dog, their insurance, or other person responsible for causing your injuries.
You can trust that at Carabin Shaw, our premises liability lawyers in San Antonio will do what is ethically necessary for you to receive fair compensation for the physical and emotional damages you sustain after an animal attack. You can have an open discussion about your prospective case when you speak to one of our attorneys. Dial 800-862-1260 toll free to book your zero-cost case review.Texas Law And My Legal Options
Under Texas law, owners of dogs are strictly liable for any injuries caused by their animals if they were not provoked into attacking another person or animal. Texas is a "strict liability" state — this means that an injured party can sue a dog's owner regardless of whether or not the owner was negligent.
If you or someone you love has been bitten by a dog, you may have several legal options available to you. You may be able to file a dog bite lawsuit against the dog’s owner, potentially recovering money to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses related to the incident. In some cases, you may also be able to pursue criminal charges against the dog’s owner, which can help ensure that the dog is kept under better control in the future..
If you are unsure about what your rights are when it comes to dog bites and attacks under Texas law, contact our Texas dog bite lawyers at Carabin Shaw. We will be happy to explore all available avenues to assist you in your case.Handling the Aftermath of an Animal Attack or Dog Bite
After an animal attack or dog bite, you may want to take the following steps:
- Seek medical attention. Even if you don’t think that your injury warrants a visit to the hospital, it is important that you receive treatment from a health professional. This can help reduce any complications down the line.
- Get a police report. The City of San Antonio Animal Control Services will file an incident report with relatively little effort on your part. Call 311 to report an animal attack; they will investigate your case.
- Record relevant information about the situation as soon as possible; this includes names and contact information for any witnesses who were present during the attack, as well as any photographs or video footage taken of the incident itself.
- Consider filing criminal charges against any parties responsible for causing extreme harm during the attack; consult with an attorney who specializes in premises liability cases.
If you’ve been injured in an animal attack or dog bite, and believe the owner of the animal or their property may be at fault for your injuries, then it’s important to understand that hiring an experienced lawyer can make a monumental difference in your case.
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