Dog attacks can leave victims suffering physically and emotionally, and we understand this at The Kahn Law Firm. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog and is struggling to overcome the attack, you should contact a Texas dog bite law firm for a free consultation with a dog bite lawyer.
All too often, victims of dog bites are unsuspecting children. The physical and psychological injuries these attacks cause include:
- fear and anxiety
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- hand and facial injuries
- nerve damage
- puncture wounds
- bone fractures
While there are about 78 million dogs in the United States, the American Humane Society estimates that about 4.7 million dog bites occur annually, and:
- 800,000 of those bites require medical care
- 25% of fatal attacks involve dogs that are chained
- 24% of fatal attacks involve dogs that are allowed to run free
Although statistics verify that dog bites do not occur often, when they do occur, the injuries are usually severe. A victim can be bitten by a dog of any breed, especially if the dog is provoked. However, some attacks are the result of the dog owner's negligence.
Get Help From a Texas Dog Bite Law Firm
Because dog bite laws in Texas are confusing and seem to favor the dog owner rather than the injured victim, you will benefit by consulting with a Houston dog bite lawyer.
Be aware that Texas is considered a "one free bite" state. What this is means is that in order to recover damages after a vicious dog attack, your dog bite lawyer will have to prove that one of the following occurred:
- the owner knew that dog had bitten someone in the past or had the propensity to bite
- the attack was caused by the owner's or handler's negligence
- the attack was caused by the violation of a leash law or other animal control law
- the owner or handler intentionally caused the attack
Although dog owners can face criminal charges for a dog attack, you need experienced legal counsel on your side to hold the owners accountable for the physical and emotional harm done to you or your child.
Contacting a Dog Bite Lawyer in Texas
An attorney at The Kahn Law Firm will investigate how the dog bite occurred, interview neighbors and witnesses, and determine whether any city statutes or regulations were violated.
Additionally, if a parent or child of an injury victim witnessed the violent attack or death, Texas law allows for that person to sue for mental anguish and have a bystander claim. Contact us today at 1-713-226-9900 or 1-844-301-KAHN so we can get started on your dog bite claim.