How are claims for dog bites compensated? Who pays?

Claims for dog bites are typically compensated through homeowners and renters insurance policies. However, since it can be difficult to get insurance companies to pay after a tragedy such as an animal attack, you may benefit by acquiring the guidance of a Texas dog bite lawyer.

Do you need a lawyer? It Depends on Your Circumstances

If the dog bites you are dealing with barely broke your skin and there is no sign of infection (redness, inflammation, pus), you might not need a lawyer. However, you probably do need a lawyer if you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries such as: 
  • damaged nerves or tissue resulting from crush injuries;
  • avulsion injuries;
  • deep lacerations;
  • infection;
  • broken bones; or
  • disfiguring scars requiring cosmetic surgery. 

Dog owners can be held liable when their pets attack. After all, it is usually the owner who teaches the pet how to behave around people or trains it to be aggressive. Aside from homeowners and renters insurance, general liability policies held by public entities and businesses also pay for dog bite claims.

However, it has been estimated that only about 16,000 victims receive compensation annually, although millions of people are bitten. To increase your chances of being fairly compensated after a dog attack, do not hesitate to hire a lawyer who can handle negotiations with insurers to help you receive adequate compensation for your injuries to address cosmetic surgery, if necessary, and any other future expenses you or your child may incur.

Contact a Texas Dog Bite Lawyer

Do you need a lawyer? Our firm can help. When you have experienced legal representation on your side after you have been injured by dog bites, you can rest assured that your attorney will fight for all compensation to which you may be entitled, including past, current and future medical expenses; pain and suffering; lost earnings or earning potential; or wrongful death benefits.

While you focus on your recovery and emotional wellbeing, you should have a Houston lawyer at The Kahn Law Firm advocating for your rights. Contact us today – 1-713-226-9900 or toll free 1-844-301-KAHN.