Many Austin families have pets that they like to think are cute and playful, and most of the time they are. Unfortunately, pets sometimes act out, which can result in serious injuries to others. If you have been injured by a dog bite or a domestic animal attack, you should seek immediate medical treatment. You should also consult with a knowledgeable Austin dog bite injury lawyer who can advise you of your rights and remedies.
Dog Bite Injury Lawyers in Austin
At Allison & Ward, we have been helping victims of dog bites and animal attacks since our firm was originally founded more than 30 years ago. As our firm has grown in size, our resources and bank of knowledge have also grown. Today, we help people with virtually every type of personal injury and workers' compensation case, including cases involving dog bites and other animal injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite or animal attack, contact our Austin offices and let our Austin dog bite lawyers use our resources to help you.
Dog Mauling Injuries in Austin, Texas
In Texas, we have a number of important laws about dog bites. Dog owners can be held liable under our "vicious dog standard," which is often called the "one bite rule." The vicious dog standard holds dog owners liable if they knew their dog had a propensity to attack or had bitten someone before.
If the dog owner failed to abide by a leash law or to reasonably secure their dog, that owner can also be held liable. For example, when people allow their dogs to roam freely in public areas, such as parks and a dog bite results, the owner will be liable for the victim's injuries and losses.
Our dog bite attorneys will investigate your claim thoroughly, examining evidence such as medical reports, clothes worn during the attack, any history of the animal's behavior, police reports and witness statements. We will work closely with you to build a persuasive case and identify all potential sources of fair compensation. We will begin by filing a premises liability claim against the animal owner's homeowner insurance policy, and pursue that claim through tough negotiation or at trial, if necessary.
In Texas, parents have the right to seek damages for mental anguish when they witness certain traumatic accidents or injuries to their children. We represent these victims as well.
Dog Bites to Children in Austin
Unfortunately, children are common victims of dog bites because children are likely to be in areas with dogs, are often attracted to dogs, and are unlikely to be able to recognize aggressive behavior in a dog.
Our Austin dog bite injury attorneys have substantial experience helping people recover compensation for injuries to children, and we understand how traumatic a dog bite can be for a child. Dog bites and other domestic animal attacks often result in serious physical injuries that must be treated quickly to prevent infection and permanent scarring. Children frequently suffer from major emotional trauma that will need to be addressed, as well.
Contact us for a free consultation
At Allison & Ward, we are here to help victims restore normalcy to their lives by aggressively pursuing compensation for everything a dog or other domestic animal attack has cost them. If you have questions about a possible dog bite claim, contact our office to schedule a free consultation with our dog bite injury attorneys in Austin.