Dogs are great companions when they are owned by the right person, have been trained, and are docile. Unfortunately, there are some animals that are aggressive for whatever reason and they end up causing people serious harm. When you are injured because of a viscous dog, then you will be eligible to bring a dog bite case. Our McAllen dog bite lawyers will be there to help you step by step develop a strong case and get a full and fair compensation award.
Texas Dog Bite Statutes of Limitation
Starting from the date of your dog bite, you will have two years to bring your claim in civil court. If you were to try to bring this case after the two year statute of limitations, then you would be barred from receiving compensation. This is a hard deadline and once it has passed, there is nothing we can do to help you. We do not suggest waiting any time at all to contact an attorney about your dog bite case. Waiting will only make it harder for your attorney to build a strong case for you and it will put them under a tighter time constraint. The best thing to do is contact an attorney right away.
How Dog Bite Compensation Works
In Texas, there are shared fault rules that affect the way you can collect your compensation award. Your compensation award is comprised of your injuries and damages such as pain and suffering, past and future medical bills, and past and future lost wages. Generally speaking, the more seriously injured you are, the more compensation you will be given.
The amount of compensation that you are able to receive has to do with the amount of fault you have for your accident. The insurance companies will decide how much fault you share in your dog bite and we will do everything we can to protect your right to full and fair compensation. If you were to be found more than 50 percent at fault for the dog bite, then you would be completely barred from receiving compensation. If you are 50 or less at fault for the dog bite, then you would have a reduced award. For example, if you are 10 percent at fault and have been awarded $10,000 for your injuries and damages, then you would be able to collect $9,000 of that award. You might be found partially responsible for the dog bite if you antagonized the dog or were trespassing on the property.
First Steps for a Successful Dog Bite Case
To have a successful dog bite case, the best thing you can do is immediately seek medical attention. You may have been bitten by a dog with rabies. There may be tendon or nerve damage. Then there may scarring and disfigurement. Having your injuries tended to is so important to get yourself on the right track to getting better. Once you have started your treatment, and we know where it will be heading, we can better gage how much your case should be worth.
Second most important step is to collect evidence from the scene. Take photos of the dog, your injuries, and the premises. Get the name and contact information from the handler of the dog. Then call the police to come on the scene and get a record of the incident. They might have animal control come on the scene to get the papers for the dog which would include it’s vaccination records. Having all of that information will make for a stronger case. Lastly, and arguably most importantly, you should call an attorney as soon as possible. They will be able to fill in any missing gaps for your evidence and be able to take on the insurance company for you.
Call Our Office Today for a Free Consultation
When you have been seriously hurt by a viscous dog, you should call our McAllen dog bite lawyers as soon as possible to talk about the legal options you have. We will help you fight for full and fair compensation. We will hold the liable party’s insurance company responsible for your injuries and damages. Please do not hesitate to call our McAllen dog bite lawyers’ office today to set up your free case evaluation. We will treat you like a priority and support you through this difficult time. Let us focus on the legal aspect of this so that you can focus on healing.