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Dog Bites

Dog bites, even from a small dog can cause serious harm; that is why it’s important to seek immediate medical attention. The bite can cause permanent muscle damage, deep tissue scars and may require major reconstructive surgery. Lacerations and puncture wounds result from almost every dog bite and they can lead to infection, broken bones and nerve damage. This type of injury has also resulted in rabies and death. A dog bite can result in psychological trauma and emotional distress in addition to physical injury, especially in children. Psychological damage can manifest itself in nightmares and fear of all dogs or all similar types of animals. The bite victim can experience embarrassment and be self-conscious over their physical scars.

Texas regulations that apply to dog bite injury claims are not as straightforward as they may appear. Texas has a “one free bite rule” where the courts may not necessarily find the dog owner liable if the dog has a clean record with no history of bites or attacks. That rule doesn’t apply to all dog breeds. To receive compensation, the plaintiff needs to prove that a) the dog has bitten a person in the past and b) the owner was aware that their pet’s previous conduct. For a successful claim, it’s important to investigate the dog’s history to determine if they have shown any aggressive behavior in the past or if the owner has been negligent in handling their pet.

Many times, when a child is bitten by a dog, it is difficult to say whether the attack resulted from rough play or if the child provoked the dog in any way. Additionally, in most attacks the dog and the child are familiar with each other. When pursuing a dog bite case, it’s important to keep in mind that most times the owner will protect their pet at the expense of the bite victim.

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Dallas Personal Injury Attorney Carlos Galliani

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