This post is written to conclude and recap our series on the handling of Fort Worth, Texas dog bite cases. We felt it was necessary to write on this issue for two reasons. First, a victim can easily suffer serious injuries when they are attacked by a canine. Second, and for understandable reasons, a victim may not know how to proceed after they have been injured. The goal of our last several articles has been to provide information which will help people to better understand their situation. It has also been our goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a personal injury lawyer. If you or a loved one have been injured then it is suggested that you contact an attorney immediately.
We have addressed several topics over our recent articles. Issues which we have analyzed include:
- When dog owners are liable for bite injuries
- Determining damages in a dog bite case
- Taking a dog bite case to trial
We chose to address these topics for multiple reasons. First, Texas is different from other states in that it does not impose “strict liability” in a dog bite case. Instead, our state will only impose liability if it is shown that the owner failed to take “reasonable steps” to protect the public from harm. Second, the calculation of damages can include several factors. These include past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, as well as compensation for pain and suffering. Finally, knowing what to expect from the trial process can help to ensure that things go smoothly.
One point we stressed through each of these articles is the importance of retaining an experienced lawyer to assist you with your case. It is important to understand that no two matters are the same and it will be your burden to persuade a jury that the owner of the dog was negligent. When selecting counsel, we suggest that you retain a lawyer who is certified in personal injury law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, who employs an on staff investigator, and who has the resources necessary to deal with catastrophic loss cases. This is true if you were bitten by a dog in Fort Worth, Dallas, or elsewhere in Texas.