Dog Bite or Animal Attacks?
Free Case Review from an Austin Dog Bite Lawyer Near You
Dogs are such a common part of our society that people, especially children, often forget the dangers they can pose. Unfortunately, pets of all types, breeds and sizes sometimes act out, which can result in serious injuries. The most severe dog bites may even result in the wrongful death of the victim.
Our dog bite lawyers have represented the citizens of Austin since 1978. Today, the founder’s children, Aaron Allison and Keely Allison Ward, alongside son-in-law Adam Ward, continue the firm’s mission of providing professional and aggressive legal counsel to those seriously hurt by the carelessness of others, including irresponsible dog owners.
What Happens in a Dog Bite Case?
In Texas, there are a number of important dog bite laws. Owners can be held liable under our “vicious dog standard,” which is often called the “one bite rule.” This standard holds dog owners liable if their pets have a tendency to bite and they do not act appropriately to restrain them. For example, when people allow their dogs to roam freely in public areas and the dog attacks someone, the owner will be liable for that person’s injuries and losses.
Your representation must investigate the claim thoroughly, examining such key evidence as:
- Medical reports
- Clothes worn during the attack
- The animal’s behavior history
- Police reports
- Witness statements
Typically, an attorney who handles dog attacks 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.
Was Your Child Bitten by a Dog?
Young kids are common victims of dog bites because they are unlikely to recognize aggressive dog behavior. When children are the victim, the level of injury is often significant due to their smaller size. Not only can these attacks can leave large scars around the area of the bite, but they can also lead to long-term emotional trauma or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Texas dog bite law allows parents to seek not only damages to pay for medical bills from the attack, but also for the mental anguish their child suffers because of, or they suffer after witnessing, the attack. Our dog bite attorneys will look into the history of the dog that attacked, and search for answers to a number of questions, such as:
- Has the dog attacked before?
- Why did the dog attack?
- Do neighbors consider this dog dangerous?
After the investigation, we will use our skill as litigators to hold the owner of the attacking dog responsible for the injuries to you or your child.
Call an Austin Dog Bite Lawyer after Animal Attacks
At Allison & Ward, we are here to help victims restore normalcy to their lives by aggressively pursuing compensation for anything a dog or other domestic animal attack has cost them. If you have questions about your ability to file a dog bite claim, fill out a case review form online or call our office at (512) 474-8153 to schedule your free consultation.