Seeking Legal Assistance from a Dog Bite Lawyer

a large dog biting a person who will need legal assistance from a dog bite lawyerIf you’ve been injured because of a dog bite, a dog bite lawyer from the Huerta Law Firm can help you. Dog bites can be painful, traumatizing, and even deadly. While dogs can be man’s best friend, dog bites and attacks aren’t uncommon.

Dog Bite Statistics

According to the CDC, nearly 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by a dog every year. Of these dog bites, one in five becomes infected. Dog bites can happen for a number of reasons like if the dog is being protective, feels threatened, or is not feeling well. Even just playing with your dog in a rough way can lead them to bite you. Other dog bite statistics include:

  • In the United States, dog bites occur every 75 seconds.
  • Dog bites happen more frequently in rural communities than in urban communities.
  • Men are more likely to be bitten than women.
  • Children between the ages of 5 and 9 are more likely to be bitten than anyone else.
  • Dogs attacked nearly 7,000 postal service workers in 2016.
  • Dogs who are not spayed or neutered are more likely to bite than dogs who are.
  • You have a 5.7 percent chance of being bitten by a dog in the United States.
  • There are nearly 78 million dogs in the United States.

Building a Personal Injury Case for a Dog Bite

If you’ve been bitten by a dog and would like to build a case to be compensated for your injuries, there are certain things you must do in order to do so.

  1. If you can, get the name, number, and insurance information of the dog’s owner. Just know that if you’re bitten by a stray, it may be hard to make a case. If there is no owner present or the dog is not on residential property, landlords and other representatives may be held responsible.
  2. You must prove that the dog bite happened due to the negligence of the owner, such as the owner not having full control of the animal while outside the home or the owner neglecting to care for the animal, causing it to become enraged. You should also learn if the state you live in has “strict liability” for the owner of animals in animal bite cases. In Texas, there are no statutes of strict liability.   
  3. If you trespass onto property, touch the dog against its owner’s wishes, or disobey warnings given by the owner that the dog is dangerous, the owner won’t be held liable. Before making a case, be sure to analyze your actions to see if you were at fault.
  4. You should work with an experienced attorney. An attorney will be able to help you through the claim process and to navigate legal jargon and documents that you will have to fill out. They will also give you pointers on how to build your case and gather evidence.

If you’ve been bitten by a dog and need legal assistance, the lawyers at the Huerta Law Firm can help. Call us today for more information!