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San Antonio Dog Bite Lawyers

It’s common for San Antonio residents, and people all over the United States, to own dogs. It’s also common for canines to attack people. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that over 2 percent of Americans are attacked by dogs. These attacks are often passed off as nothing because the attacks come from a neighbor’s dog. However, if the injuries from a dog bite are serious, you have legal rights. Texas law says that a dog owner is responsible for the harm the animal does to third parties. Usually, home insurance policies will cover the damages that animals cause to third parties. Make sure you contact a personal injury lawyer if a dog or any other animal attacks you or a loved one.

Why Choose Villarreal & Begum?

If you have sustained a dog bite, you need legal help from a trusted San Antonio injury attorney. The Villarreal & Begum Law Firm has the experience and expertise you need:

  • We focus exclusively on personal injury law, giving us an advantage over firms
  • We attribute our 99% case success rate to the fact that we give each client the specialized attention they deserve.
  • We take all cases on a contingency fee basis, so you will not pay upfront legal fees or out-of-pocket costs until after we secure the compensation you deserve.

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Texas Dog Bite Laws

In 2007, Texas implemented Lillian’s Law, which holds dog owners responsible for injuries or deaths caused by their dogs. it provides for the criminal conviction of a dog owner if the prosecution can prove that the dog’s owner either knew (because the dog had bitten or acted aggressively before) or should have known that the dog was susceptible to dangerously aggressive behavior.

Texas also follows a one bite rule based on Marshall v. Ranne, a 1974 decision issued by the Texas Supreme Court. This case determined that dog bite victims cannot recover compensation unless they prove both that:

  • The dog is dangerous (evidenced by a previous bite or other dangerous behavior)
  • The owner knew of the dog’s previous aggressive behavior

What are the most common problems associated with dog bites?

  • Permanent scarring
  • Death
  • Infection from an improperly treated wound
  • Emotional trauma

The best way to avoid damages is to know how to respond to a dog attack before it happens and immediately seek medical attention if it does.

How can you avoid getting attacked by a dog?

  • Be aware of whether a dog has the following risk factors: male, under the age of 6, unneutered
  • Keep an eye out for troubling breeds like pit bulls, and rottweilers
  • Look out for dogs restrained by chains – this is most likely because they have attacked in the past
  • Keep in mind that dogs that know children are more likely to attack the children
  • Refrain from touching a dog on the face

Dogs are known to strike your face, but it’s not uncommon for them to bite your leg, arm or another part of your body. Keep a lookout for dogs or owners that seem suspicious. There are several things you must do once you’ve been bitten by a dog: Call animal control, get your wounds treated by a medical professional, and call a lawyer with experience in animal attacks.

Our San Antonio personal injury lawyers have experience helping people who were attacked by dogs and other animals. Although dogs are the most common reports of animal attacks, it’s wise to keep an eye out for other vicious animals when visiting friends or even hanging out at a petting zoo. Children are especially prone to animal attacks since they might not know how to treat an animal properly, and they are generally smaller than adults.

What Kinds of Damages Can You Recover for Dog Bites?

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, there may be several types of compensation available. At the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm, our dog bite lawyers will investigate what happened and want to secure the following damages:

  • Medical bills for hospitalizations, prescription medicines, and necessary surgery
  • Lost wages, if your injuries caused you to miss time from work
  • Future medical expenses and/or lost earning capacity, if you are permanently disabled
  • Pain and suffering (both physical and mental)

Contact a San Antonio Dog Bite Lawyer Today

Call the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm to put a reliable team of animal attack injury lawyers on your side. Stop by our San Antonio office to schedule an appointment or call us at (210) 777-4878 for your free consultation.