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Austin Dog Bite Lawyer

According to a recent survey, approximately 63 million households across the United States own at least one dog. In most cases, it’s a rewarding relationship and many owners regard their pets as members of the family. 

While most dogs are friendly, others are a danger to the public. The Centers for Disease Control has stated that nearly five million dog bites are reported every year. While some injuries are comparatively minor, others can cause lifelong physical and emotional trauma. Examples include:

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Infection
  • Puncture wounds and crush injuries
  • Loss of limbs
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injuries

Some attacks are fatal: between March 2005 and July 2022, 38 people were killed by dogs in Texas alone.

If you or someone you love has been bitten by a dog, you should speak to an experienced Austin dog bite lawyer. At Villarreal & Begum, LAW GUNS, we have years of experience fighting for the rights of clients injured by aggressive dogs. When it comes to getting you the money you deserve, we won’t back down. Schedule your free consultation today by calling (512) 800-0000.

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Skilled and Experienced Austin Dog Bite Lawyers

  • At Villarreal & Begum, LAW GUNS, we know personal injury law because it’s everything we do. That includes fighting for clients who’ve suffered serious dog bites.
  • We have a high success rate in dog bite cases and have recovered significant settlements and verdicts for clients.
  • We know that a dog attack can leave you with lifelong challenges like scarring, disfigurement, and a debilitating fear of dogs. Let us help you pursue compensation from the party or parties responsible.

Owner Negligence in Dog Bite Cases

The negligence rule in Texas governs dog bites. This means that an injured person must prove negligence on the part of the dog owner in order to recover damages. Below are some common examples of carelessness that can lead to devastating injuries:

  • A dog owner knows that the animal can hurt someone due to its aggressive behavior, but does not take the necessary precautions to ensure others are safe.
  • A dog known to be aggressive is allowed to run free throughout the neighborhood. Many Texas counties and municipalities have leash laws that prohibit dogs from being off their owners’ premises without a leash. In Austin, the ordinance requires dogs to be on a leash unless you are in designated off-leash areas
  • The owner failed to properly restrain an aggressive dog with a leash, fence, or something similar, and the dog broke free.

Strict Liability in Austin Dog Bite Claims

If a dog known to be vicious or dangerous bites someone, Texas law applies a strict liability rule. This means that you don’t have to prove that a dangerous dog’s owner did not use reasonable care to restrain the animal. By demonstrating that the dog was known to be dangerous before the injury, you could recover damages.

This liability may even extend to landlords or property owners. If they know that a dangerous dog is on the premises and fail to take steps to remove or control the risk, they may be liable for injuries. For example, if they know that a tenant has an aggressive dog and does not maintain doors, gates, or other barriers to prevent the dog from approaching people, they may be sued for injuries that occur in common areas under their control.


What is a Dangerous Dog Under Texas Law?

In Texas, a dog may be deemed dangerous if it has:

  • Scratched or bitten someone on three separate occasions
  • On at least one occasion, injured a person badly enough that a doctor advised the health authority that the victim’s life could have been endangered
  • Killed another domestic animal or livestock at least once before or caused such severe injuries that the animal’s life was endangered.

The law recognizes three ways that an owner can learn that their dog is considered dangerous:

  • They know their dog has attacked someone before
  • A court has advised them that their dog is dangerous
  • Animal Control has indicated that their dog has been deemed dangerous

Why Should I Hire Your Firm for My Dog Bite Claim?

Suppose you or your child have been injured. In that case, the last thing you want to worry about is fighting for compensation to cover medical bills, reconstructive surgeries, psychotherapy, and other financial needs arising from the attack. Unfortunately, when it comes to getting the money you deserve, even if the dog was obviously at fault, you may face an uphill legal battle.

When you Google ‘Austin personal injury attorney near me,’ you will have a lot of choices for injury counsel, but not all of them have in-depth experience with animal attack claims. An experienced Austin dog bite attorney at the Villarreal & Begum, LAW GUNS, can help you achieve the outcome you need to move on with your life. We will assist you in filing your claim and work tirelessly to ensure that it is successfully resolved.

With dog bite cases, an Austin animal attack lawyer at our firm will:

  • Find out if the dog has a vicious history
  • Identify eyewitnesses who can attest to the dog’s past behavior
  • Analyze the dog owner’s behavior to determine whether proper precautions were taken to control the dog
  • Assess the cost of your injuries with the help of medical experts
  • Deal with insurance companies that often try to minimize the value of claims

The laws governing dog bites in Texas can be complex enough. It can be even more difficult to get compensation when insurance companies are involved, as they’re always determined to protect their bottom line. Let us do the hard work of negotiating or even litigating for the money you need while you focus on healing. 

How Much Is My Dog Bite Claim Worth?

Every personal injury case is unique. The goal of compensation is to make you as ‘whole’ again as possible. This may include money for:

  • Your past and future medical bills
  • Lost wages and/or loss of earning ability
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Wrongful death

After a dog attack, it can be difficult to get the full amount you’re entitled to because insurance companies often fight claims. Having a strong relationship with respected experts, your Austin animal attack lawyer at our firm can offer solid evidence about the value of your claim and will take your case to court if the insurer fails to make a fair settlement offer.

Get a Free Consultation with an Austin Dog Bite Lawyer

After a dog bite or attack, injuries can be extremely serious and have long-lasting effects, such as scarring and emotional trauma. An Austin dog bite attorney from the Villarreal & Begum, LAW GUNS, can assist you in recovering compensation for medical expenses, cosmetic surgeries, therapy, and other losses associated with a dog bite. Initial consultations are 100% free, and you only pay us if we recover money for you. To learn more or discuss your legal options, call our Austin office today at (512) 800-0000 or contact us online.