If you get injured in a dog attack, it is often possible to sue for compensation. It’s just like any other accident. If someone is negligent behind the wheel of their car or when they manufacture a product, they can be held accountable when someone is hurt as a result. The same is true of a dog owner who is negligent. A Nueces County, Texas personal injury lawyer can help you hold them liable for the harm they have caused.
What Kinds of Injuries Can a Dog Attack Cause?
A dog attack can easily cause some serious injuries. Even a brief encounter with a smaller dog can cause injuries. Victims often have to be treated for:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Head injuries
- Eye injuries
Dogs do not just bite people. They can also cause damage with their paws and claws. They can knock people down and cause further injuries. When someone does not keep a potentially dangerous dog away from people it could hurt, they need to be held accountable.
How Can I Show That a Dog Owner Was Negligent?
You can try to show that a dog owner was negligent in a few ways. Some things that we can do include:
- Getting photo evidence of a dangerous condition, like a hole in a dog owner’s fence
- Securing doorbell camera footage that shows that a dog was not restrained or being monitored at the time of an attack
- Show that the dog has a bite history
These are just some methods that can be used to show that a dog owner was not taking proper precautions with their dog. The dog attack should be considered their responsibility as a result.
How Long Do I Have to Sue For a Dog Attack?
Just remember that you do not have unlimited time to sue for damages after a dog attack. Texas gives you two years to take legal action. If you take time to recover and cannot quite decide whether or not to go through with suing, you could lose your chance to pursue damages. A court will throw out your case if it’s been more than two years no matter how much evidence you have on your side.
What Compensation Should I Recieve for a Dog Attack Injury?
A dog attack can be a traumatic experience, so your compensation cannot just address your injuries. It is also important to note that injuries caused by a dog can end up taking a long time to heal, affecting how you work or enjoy leisure activities. Your award from a personal injury case needs to take all of this into account and it should make up for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Mental anguish
- Pain from disability or disfigurement
Schedule a Consultation
If you want to learn more about your legal options, contact Sahadi Legal Group and schedule your free consultation. We can tell you more about how our experienced lawyers can be of assistance.