Serious Dog bites account for many Fort Worth personal injury cases. Because most households in the U.S. harbor at least one dog, it is no surprise that some escape their owner’s control and wind up causing major injury. Unfortunately, children are often the victims of severe dog bite attacks because they approach pets without knowing if they’re dangerous. Most of the time, these injuries are minor; these aren’t the kind of injuries that require an attorney. However, serious bites necessitate immediate medical attention. Call our Forth Worth dog bite attorneys today if you or a loved one was seriously injured in a dog attack.
When a person suffers a dog bite, it can be confusing to determine who is responsible for the injuries caused by the dog. Texas abides by a “one bite rule,” which only holds the dog’s owner accountable for injuries their dog causes if the owner knew the dog was likely to cause that type of major injury. In proving fault, the injured can cite previous incidents of the dog biting another person. That proves the dog exhibited behaviors indicating it wanted to bite someone. Or it can prove that the owner knew of the dog’s aggressive conduct.
Proving fault in severe dog bite injuries can be difficult. If the dog has no history of biting another person, you may be unable to prove that the dog owner knew of their pet’s temperament. It would be wise to consult with a knowledgeable Fort Worth dog bite injury attorney to help your case in these cases.
Types of Severe Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites can result in physical injuries, and many incidents leave victims with mild to severe PTSD following the attack. This can cause emotional wounds and anxiety and make it difficult to be comfortable around dogs in the future. Common injuries sustained by dog bite victims include:
- Muscle/flesh getting ripped open
Dog bites that cause a gaping open wound are particularly dangerous because of the bacteria, dirt, and germs that can transfer from the dog’s mouth to the wound. If the dog has not been vaccinated, rabies and other illnesses increase.
Consult with a Forth Worth Dog Bite Attorney
Unfortunately, proving that a dog owner previously knew of a dog’s capacity to injure another person severely can be challenging. At The Benton Law Firm, our proficient dog bite attorneys can help investigate your case and advocate on your behalf so you can receive restitution for your suffering. Don’t hesitate to contact our Fort Worth offices at (817) 935-8000 for support and guidance in your case.