Although many families consider their dog a loving member of the household, dogs are animals. This fact makes their behavior unpredictable at times. “Man’s best friend” bites approximately five million people annually in the U.S. While some individuals assume dog bites are minor incidents, attacks involving canines send an average of 100,000 people per year to U.S. emergency rooms. Although dog attacks and mauling incidents can victimize people of all ages, children tend to suffer the most serious injuries. When you work with an experienced dog bite lawyer at FH Law Group, we carefully investigate the facts and circumstances to identify all potential grounds for obtaining the fullest recovery for victims of canine attacks.
One Bite Rule & Scienter Requirement in Texas
Many people in Texas are under the misconception that a dog owner is only liable to a dog attack victim if the dog has previously bitten someone. This is a misrepresentation of what is sometimes referred to as the “Scienter” requirement or the “One Bite Rule.” Dog owners may be subject to strict liability under Texas dog bite law if the owner has reason to know of the vicious tendencies of their dog. This does not necessarily mean that a plaintiff needs to have been previously bitten or attacked by a dog. For example, neighbors might indicate that the dog lunges and tries to attack people that approach the property or otherwise acts in an aggressive manner regardless of whether there has been a prior dog attack.
Dog attack liability based on the One Bite Rule means that an owner with knowledge of a dog’s aggressive tendencies can be liable regardless of the owner’s negligence. In other words, a dog owner with knowledge of a dog’s vicious tendencies can be liable for dog bite injuries caused by the dog regardless of the owner’s fault.
Bites Caused by Negligence or Violation of Ordinance
Even if owners or keepers of a dog possess no knowledge of any vicious tendencies of the animal, they could still be liable for dog bites or other injuries resulting from negligence. Negligence is the failure to take ordinary care to prevent injury to others, but it also might be based on a violation of the law. Failure to comply with leash laws or running at large ordinances constitute the most common basis for liability associated with Fort Worth dog attacks.
How Our Fort Worth Law Firm Can Aid Dog Attack Victims
As an experienced Fort Worth dog bite attorneys, FH Law Group will investigate and determine whether a dog has a past pattern of aggressive tendencies. Evidence might include the owner telling people that the dog bites, muzzling the dog, or restraining the dog from lunging or growling at people passing the premises. Fort Worth dog attack cases are very fact specific, so it is important to work with a law firm with success in handling Tarrant County dog attacks.
Dog attacks can result in permanent disfigurement, broken bones, damaged muscles and nerves, internal organ damage, and even wrongful death. Every year in the U.S., children suffer fatal injuries in vicious dog mauling incidents. Our Fort Worth law firm is prepared to represent clients throughout Tarrant County who are mauled or bitten in dog attacks. We carefully investigate our clients’ situations so that we can pursue the fullest compensation for their injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement, loss of services and companionship of a spouse, and other appropriate damages.
If you or a loved one is injured in a dog attack in Fort Worth or the surrounding areas of Tarrant County, FH Law Group tenaciously pursues the maximum recovery for injury victims in Fort Worth and the surrounding areas of Tarrant County. Contact us today for a FREE consultation at (817) 697-4400 or visit our website.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle
The Fulgham Hampton Law Group legal team of injury lawyers provides you with skilled litigators that have tried over 100 jury trials in Texas with expertise in matters ranging from car accident cases, complex cases with insurance companies and skilled settlement negotiations. Our injury lawyers are here to help you navigate the complex legal system and make important decisions to ensure you are fairly compensated for your injuries.
Our legal team of personal injury lawyers has over 45+ years of experience and over 100 jury trials in Texas. Our personal injury attorneys have a stellar reputation for dealing with insurance companies, negotiating favorable settlements with insurance companies, providing a thorough and prompt investigation and fighting to make sure you receive all the compensation your entitled to under the law.
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Once you entrust us with your case, we commit to you and your cause and work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. Because we limit the number of cases we accept, our injury attorneys and staff are able to focus on your case and commit the time and resources necessary to achieve the best possible result. We promise you that your case will be handled with compassion and the personal attention and detail you deserve!
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