San Antonio Dog Bite Lawyer
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If you or a loved one was injured by a dog bite because of the owner’s negligence, you could receive compensation. You shouldn’t have to pay out-of-pocket for the expensive medical bills and other costs associated with a dog attack. We are here to make sure that you get the justice you deserve.
Contact the San Antonio dog bite attorney at the Chris Mayo Law Firm for a free consultation; call (210) 899-5440 or contact us online today.
Should You Hire an Attorney?
Dog bite litigation can be very tricky because, while the actual injuries were directly caused by a dog, the party responsible was negligent in controlling the dog. Dog bites can often come from familiar dogs that are owned by people you know, which can add an emotional investment and stress into a lawsuit. These elements should not discourage you from seeking fair recovery. Having an experienced attorney by your side will give you the tools you need to present your dog bite case.
At the Chris Mayo Law Firm, we have built a strong reputation over the years serving the victims of dog bite accidents. We have earned this reputation through our heightened quality of work and the care we give each victim’s case. We are very passionate about treating our clients not only as victims but as humans.
Compensation in Dog Bite Causes
Unlike many states, Texas law does not confer strict liability on pet owners if their pet bites someone else. However, it is often possible for those who have been the victims of a dog bite or other animal attack to seek compensation for the injuries and losses they have suffered. Our experienced San Antonio dog bite attorney can help you more fully understand whether or not you may have a claim under Texas law.
The legal standard can make it difficult to recover compensation for dog bite injuries. Often, a court will need to establish:
- The responsible party owned the dog
- The responsible party owed a duty to prevent the dog from injuring others
- The responsible party breached that duty
- The breach caused the victim’s injuries
Sometimes, the injured party might have to show that the dog was vicious and that the owner knew that the dog was vicious. This can be a very difficult standard to prove in a court of law.
When a Familiar Dog Attacks
Even if the dog attack is not your first encounter with the dog, you may still be entitled to compensation. If the owner was negligent in some way, the fact that you have known the dog for years should not prevent you from fair recovery. In fact, these are often the most serious dog bite cases. When a dog you trust bites you, you have likely suffered emotional and psychological pain.
Familiar dog bite cases are very difficult because the victim of the dog bite is also often familiar with the owner of the dog. If you the dog belongs to a long-time friend or neighbor, this can make many dog-bite victims reluctant to file suit and seek compensation. They are left to deal with their pain, suffering, stress, and injuries without the help of fair compensation.
Don’t be afraid to seek help! If you were injured because of a dog bite, even if it was by a familiar dog owned by a family friend, you shouldn’t have to suffer.
Common Injuries Caused by Dog Bites
Dog bites can cause a number of different types of injuries.
Here are some of the most common ones:
- Lacerations and bruising
- Puncture wounds
- Broken bones
Generally, dogs are free to run at large. However, there are some laws in effect that prevent this kind of free-roaming. Usually, these laws are designed to protect a certain type of person from vicious dog attacks.
Understanding whether there is a law in effect about dogs running at large is a crucial step in your dog bite case. In fact, understanding the law can be the difference between a fair recovery and recovering nothing.
Dog Bite Statistics
According to one CDC study, at least 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year. About 1 in 5 dog bites becomes infected. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 20 to 30 dog bites per year result in death.
One study showed that about 9,500 Americans are hospitalized each year because of dog bite injuries. In 2015, over 28,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery because of a dog bite. Another study estimated that a dog bite occurs every 75 seconds in the United States and that each day, over 1,000 people need medical care to treat dog bite injuries. The statistics show that dog bites are more common than one might expect and the injuries involved can be shockingly serious.
Contact a Dog Bite Lawyer in San Antonio
If you were injured because of a dog bite, you should not be left to recover from your pain, suffering, and injuries without fair compensation. Do not wait to contact the experienced San Antonio dog bite lawyer at the Chris Mayo Law Firm today. We are ready to help you in your time of need.
The Chris Mayo Law Firm has been helping individuals with dog bite injuries for years; we are highly experienced when it comes to dog bite litigation. You need the Chris Mayo Law Firm on your side to help ensure that you get fair compensation for the injuries you sustained.
Do not hesitate to call us at (210) 899-5440 or contact us online with any further questions so we can work hard on your case and fight for the best possible outcome.
Chris Mayo Law Firm was on top of my case from the very beginning, they took care of everything for me.- Julia A.
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