Seeking Dog Bite Damages in El Paso? Our Attorneys Can Help
Dogs bite 4.5 million Americans per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and one out of every five dog bites results in injuries that require a trip to the hospital. Dog bites have grown widespread in El Paso, making it one of the top 25 cities in the country with the most dog bites.
Dog bites are frequently serious, and they can result in lasting scars and deformity, especially to small children. If you or your child was bitten by a dog and sustained injuries, irresponsible dog owners and property owners could be held liable. Reaching out to one of our Texas dog bite attorneys at Carabin Shaw can help you understand whether or not you should hold the owner of the dog responsible for your damages.When It Comes to a Dog Bite, Who Is the Most Vulnerable?
Although both adults and children of all ages are vulnerable to a dog attack, children between the ages of 5 and 9 become prevalent victims. Why? This has to do with a child's behavior. Children make sudden movements and create a variety of unexpected noises, unknowingly provoking a dog.
Additionally, a child’s size and stature often puts them on the same level as a dog, making them the perfect victim. According to the CDC, half of all dog bite cases in the nation involve a child. Recent media reports both locally and nationally also highlight the vulnerability of the elderly, who may not be able to defend themselves against a dog bite during an assault.
If you have suffered disfigurement, scaring, abrasions, lacerations, or any other lesion due to the negligent actions of a pet owner, speaking to an El Paso dog bite lawyer can be of great benefit. An experienced attorney can investigate if the dog has a history of aggression, analyze your case in-depth, and use a network of resources to help you gain access to medical care.Steps to Take After a Dog Bite in El Paso
- First and foremost, after a dog bite, it is vital that you receive the medical attention you need to prevent greater injury. Call EMS or immediately head to a hospital.
- Secondly, it is important that you file an animal report with the City of El Paso Animal Services. You may call 311 during regular business hours, 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. This is crucial if you are seeking to pursue a claim to recover damages.
- Write down everything you can recall about the incident. Where did it occur? At what time? Who does the dog belong to? If you know the owner, has he or she mentioned if the dog has previously shown signs of aggression? Were there any witnesses?
- Keep track of all medical expenses and lost income that resulted from the dog bite.
- Contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss the details of a potential case.
Dealing with dog bite claims can be uncomfortable, especially if you know the owner; however, they can also cause permanent, serious injuries. You are entitled to compensation for your damages, which can range from considerable medical expenses to loss of present and future income, and more.
Our firm advocates strongly for dog bite victims and provides affordable, superior legal representation. We offer a completely free initial consultation to our potential clients and only receive payment after we win your case. Our client-focused approach makes us a standout in the field of personal injury. Read through Carabin Shaw’s client reviews and read what our clients have to say about us.
Call us toll free at 800-862-1260 to set up a consultation with one of our legal professionals. Our team is ready day or night to talk about your case in Spanish or English.