Houston Dog Bite Lawyer
If you have been injured from a dog bite, you may be seriously injured more than it appears. An experienced Houston dog bite lawyer will help you navigate the complex process to maximize your full recovery.
Houston is a dog-friendly city with many dog parks. Also, dogs are unpredictable. If a dog feels threatened, there’s a good chance that it’ll bite or attack. There are hundreds of reported dog bites in Houston every year. A dog bite can cause severe injuries. Dog bites and attacks can even be fatal. Call Molina Law Firm when you need a Houston Dog Bite Attorney. Dog bite cases usually involve an evaluation of the dog’s history and the owner’s knowledge of this history. Has the dog been aggressive before? What type of dog is involved? Often times, the dog owner claims that the dog was provoked. It is important that you understand how fault and responsibility are evaluated in Houston and In Texas. Rick Molina is an experinced Houston dog bite lawyer that will fight your case in court to get you maximum recovery!
What makes us different
The Molina Law Firm has been representing dog bite victims for over 20 years. Remember that when you retain Attorney Rick Molina, you pay nothing upfront and we only collect a percentage of the compensation you receive only when we have won your case. Attorney Rick Molina will aggressively represent you and fight on your behalf. We have the knowledge, resources and experience to get you all the compensation for your loss, pain, and suffering.
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Who is responsible for damages from dog bites?
Have you suffered an injury because of a dog bite in Houston and the surrounding areas? You may be entitled to compensation from the dog’s owner. A Houston Dog Bite Lawyer from Molina Law Firm can help. Contact our Houston law firm today to schedule a free consultation. When you call, we’ll review your case and explain your legal options.
Who Are Victims Of Dog Bites?
Children tend to be victims of dog bites more than adults. In one study, 68 percent of the bite victims were children under the age of 11. More than half of those kids were under the age of three.
Dogs tend to get defensive when they feel provoked or threatened. Kids, especially very young kids, don’t always understand how to behave near or interact with animals safely. They also may not fully understand that their actions will elicit a response from a dog. As a result, a child may take a dog’s food, pull its tail, or taunt the animal. Some dogs may be prone to snap at the child in defense. This may help to explain why children tend to be involved in dog attacks more than adults.
Does Texas Have A One Bite Rule?
Some states have laws that say a dog owner can be liable for any injuries caused by a dog bite, regardless of that dog’s history of aggression. Others, including Texas, say that an owner isn’t automatically responsible for a dog’s violent behavior the first time around. Instead, under the one-bite rule, an owner is liable only if they knew that the dog had dangerous or vicious propensities.
In other words, the owner may avoid liability for the dog’s first bite. After that, the owner knows that the dog has a tendency to bite and has an obligation to try to prevent that from happening again. If they’re not successful and the dog bites another person, the owner can then be responsible for the resulting injuries and damages.
Inform dog owner
If you are able, let the dog owner know that you were hurt by their dog. Get away from the dog as safely as possible.
Get medical attention
Clean your dog bite as best you can and seek medical care at a hospital. You may need stitches, antibiotics or rabies shots if it is not known if the dog had rabies.
Take photos, make note of the address. Get the owners name and contact information if possible. If there are witnesses, get their information.
If you have been seriously injured by a dog bite it is important that you get an experienced Houston dog bite lawyer to help you. Time is important. Contact us.
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- Seek medical attention as soon as possible. The shock and confusion following an attack can often mean you are not aware of how serious your injuries are for days or even weeks. Dog bite wounds are prone to infection, so it is important that you see a physician immediately.
- Contact your local animal control and police
- Document the details of the attack. Write down the dog owner’s name, contact information, insurance details, and location where the bite happened. Use this documentation when filing a dog bite report with your local authorities. This report can be useful when filing a legal claim.
- Get the legal help you need. It is common for dog bite victims to face medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Value is determined by a number of factors, including:
- The severity of your injuries
- The cost of medical treatment
- The amount of lost wages related to your injury
- Psychological trauma related to the attack
Yes, it is possible to be compensated for your child’s dog bite injuries. Special rules apply when a child seeks a recovery for dog bite injuries. As a parent you can be comparatively liable—or partially responsible—if it is determined that your child was not properly supervised at the time of the attack.