Suffering From A Dog Bite in Dallas or Bedford, Texas?
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Every dog, regardless of how tame and friendly it may seem, is still an animal at heart. Even after years of training, an animal can remain unpredictable or have moments of aggressive outbursts. If you have been bitten by someone’s dog when you were doing nothing to provoke it, Texas law may allow you to seek financial recovery for your injuries.
At Parker Law Firm, for more than 30 years, we have been standing up for the rights of the wrongfully injured in Texas. Our Bedford dog bite attorneys serve the entire Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and know how to handle personal injury cases of all sorts, including premises liability and dog bite claims. Depending on the extent of your injuries, we can help you pursue compensation that covers medical bills and wages lost due to your recovery time. It all begins by scheduling your Complimentary Strategy Session with us today.
Texas “One-Bite” Rule for Dogs
Texas State law has a bit of leniency towards dogs and their owners when it comes to “unpredictable” and first-time bites. In fact, it is one of only 18 states that currently uses a “one-bite” rule, meaning if a dog that seemed to pose no threat in its life bites someone, they are more or less excused for that first incident. If you have been bitten by a hound that has never bitten anyone before, you may still be able to make a case if you and your lawyer can prove the dog was indeed dangerous due to past indicators of violence, including:
- Outward aggression towards strangers
- Excessive barking at passerby
- Fighting with other dogs or animals
- Jumping or tackling people as a greeting
- Warning signs on the owner’s property
- Complaints about the dog’s behavior
Our dog bite attorneys and legal team are well-versed in litigation and tracking down the truth. In some dog bite cases, we may be able to track down past veterinarian records that indicate some sort of dangerous behavior from the dog in question.
Tread Carefully In Your Case
Due to Texas State’s “one-bite” rule for seemingly nonaggressive dogs, it is entirely possible that you, the victim, could be under scrutiny. In order to approach your case with the greatest chance of success, do not provide the dog’s owner with any sort of apology or evidence of what occurred. You should also not accept any initial money offers without first consulting your lawyer.
You could be held at least partially accountable for your dog bite injury if you:
- Trespassed onto the dog owner’s property
- Intentionally provoked the dog
- Caused injury to the dog and it bit in retaliation
- Ignored posted signs or warning behaviors
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If you've been injured you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Bedford, Texas office directly at 817.440.3888 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation. We help personal injury clients throughout Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington as well as all areas of Texas.