This is the first post in a series which will discuss the handling of personal injury cases in Fort Worth, Texas which stem from dog bites. We are writing on this issue due to the fact that serious injuries can occur after one has been attacked by an animal. Such injuries can include scarring, nerve damage, and even the need for amputation. For understandable reasons, many victims do not know how to proceed after such an incident. Our hope is that our coming articles will provide information which will assist people in fully understanding their situation. It is also our goal that these articles will provide information which allows people to make an informed decision when they are selecting a personal injury attorney. If you or a loved one have been injured then it is important that you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible.
We will be addressing several topics over the course of this series. Issues which we will analyze include:
- When a dog owner may be liable for harm caused by their pet
- Establishing one’s damages after a dog bite case
- Taking the matter to trial, if necessary
There are several reasons why we are choosing to address these issues. First, Texas is different from some other states in that it does not impose “strict liability” in a dog bite case. This means that an owner will not automatically be found liable simply because their dog bit someone. Instead, the victim must show that the owner failed to use “reasonable care” in making sure that their animal did not harm anyone. Second, while some may hear of a dog bite and think of a minor injury, the fact of the matter is that these cases can result in serious harm. It is important to understand how medical and economic damages are calculated in such matters. Finally, knowing what to expect from the trial process will help to ensure that things go smoothly.
We cannot stress enough the fact that you should contact a personal injury lawyer immediately if you or a loved one have been bitten or attacked by a dog. It is important that the scene be viewed immediately and that any important evidence be preserved. In a case involving serious harm, we suggest that you retain a firm which employs multiple attorneys and which utilizes an on-staff investigator. This is true regardless of whether you were injured in Fort Worth, Dallas or elsewhere in Texas.