If you suffered a dog bite injury in Dallas, you may be eligible for compensation from the pet’s owner and their insurance company. Pet owners in Texas are financially liable when their animals cause physical harm to others. If you have incurred economic or noneconomic damages from the bite, they should be the one to pay. At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we can determine who the at-fault party is and hold them accountable in a personal injury claim.
A Dallas dog bite lawyer can help you build a case against the animal’s owner and seek compensation. Our legal team knows how to take on the insurance companies and help our clients receive the compensation they may deserve. We will take the time to evaluate your situation and make sure you understand all of your legal options.
To speak with a member of our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm and receive a free, no-obligation case evaluation, call us today at (800) 794-0444.
Dog Bite Laws in Texas
When a pet dog attacks a human in Texas and causes injuries, the animal’s owner is often financially liable not only for the financial losses resulting from the injuries but also for many noneconomic damages.
According to Texas law (Section 6.03), a dog owner may even be criminally liable for injuries caused by their animal. If an owner knowingly sets loose a violent dog on a person with the intent of provoking an attack, or if the owner knows the animal has violent tendencies but does not restrain them from going after another person, they can be charged with a criminal offense.
Even if the owner of the dog that attacks you escapes criminal charges, they are likely still liable in civil court for the damages that resulted from the attack. At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, our job as your Dallas dog bite lawyers is to hold the owner or owners financially liable and to pursue compensation from them and their insurance companies.
While a criminal charge or conviction against the dog owner can certainly strengthen a case in civil court, it is not necessary.
When a Dog Owner Is Financially Liable in Texas
The right to own a dog in Texas comes with a set of substantial responsibilities. Whether a dog is a tiny Terrier-type breed or a huge Great Dane, its owner must take every reasonable step to ensure it is not a danger to people and to other animals. If the dog attacks or bites someone, the owner can be held liable if evidence shows they did not do everything within their control to prevent it.
In particular, a dog owner in Texas may be liable for injuries caused by a bite or attack if:
The Animal Has a Documented History of Aggression
If there is evidence that the dog has bitten in the past, then the owner is liable for the damages from any future bites, as they cannot deny knowledge that their dog had aggressive tendencies.
Our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can investigate the history of the animal that bit you and determine if the owner had reason to believe or suspect the animal was capable of causing harm.
The Animal Was Not Properly Restrained
It does not matter if a dog is a lap puppy or a guard dog kept for protection. The owner must properly restrain it at all times. That means keeping a secure fence around their property if they let the dog outside at home and keeping the dog on a leash when in public.
If an unrestrained or unleashed dog bit you, we may be able to hold the owner liable even if there was no evidence that the dog had been aggressive in the past or that the owner had any reason to believe it would bite.
For a free legal consultation with an dog bite lawyer serving Dallas, call (800) 794-0444
Your Dallas Dog Bite Injury Compensation
If you suffered a dog bite injury in Texas, Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you recover both economic and noneconomic damages from the responsible parties and their insurance companies. You may be eligible for a settlement or award that includes money for your:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
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The Texas Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations on dog bite lawsuits in Texas is typically two years but may be longer or shorter depending on the unique circumstances of your case. If you were injured by a dog, you should take action sooner rather than later. Evidence is more abundant and more powerful the sooner it is collected, so let an attorney get to work right away making your case as strong as possible.
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Consult with a Dallas Dog Bite Lawyer Today
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm we can collect evidence, gather police reports and eyewitness testimony while you recover from your dog bite injury. We are a no-win-no-fee law firm. That means you do not pay anything up front or out of pocket. We only collect our fee from the settlement we secure on your behalf. For a free case evaluation today, call us at (800) 794-0444. We never shy away from the tough cases.