Dog Bite Injuries and Liability2021-03-25T14:49:08-05:00

OVER $1.8 BILLION RECOVERED FOR OUR CLIENTS

CLIENT'S NET RECOVERYCASE TYPEDAMAGE
$151,228,722Medical ProductHeart Damage
$104,479,115Prescription DrugDiabetes
$90,455,399Farming ProductTrade Disruption
$68,055,680Prescription DrugHeart Damage
$60,084,411Prescription DrugInternal Bleeding
$29,224,646Breach of ContractFinancial Loss
$26,923,200Medical ProductSkin Death
$25,384,216Medical ProductBladder Cancer
$19,116,024Breach of Fiduciary DutyFinancial Loss
$17,617,042Breach of Payment ContractFinancial Loss
$16,126,301D&O NegligenceFinancial Loss
$14,280,000Tire FailureQuadriplegia
$13,177,989Sale of Credit ReportsFinancial Loss
$11,991,670Commercial Vehicle AccidentDeath
$10,026,249Tile SealantPulmonary Injury
$9,512,498Chair Causing FireDeath
$9,187,114Industrial AccidentBurn Injury
$9,181,172Fuel System FailureTwo Deaths
$9,146,004Medical ProductCardiac Injury
$8,894,000Tire FailureQuadriplegia
$8,540,000Vehicle CrashworthinessDeath
$8,010,186Fuel System FailureDeath
$7,911,694Fuel System FailureDeath
$7,787,790Tire FailureQuadriplegia
$7,694,750Industrial AccidentDeath

Results above are cumulative total amounts net to clients. Past success does not guarantee future success.

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Dallas Dog Bite Injury Attorneys Help You Understand Your Rights 

A 2020 pet ownership statistics by AVMA revealed that about 43.4% of Texas households own a dog. While most dogs have a calm temperament, they can attack a family member, neighbor, friend, or passerby when irritated. Dog bites can be painful and terrifying, leaving victims with minor or severe injuries or even death.

Dog owners may be held responsible for the injuries a dog inflicts on others, they are a large financial burden in the United States due to their incidence, associated health-care costs, and potential for serious outcomes such as severe injury, infection, or even death. Texas has strict laws that place the liability on the dog keeper or owner, who is required to pay for the pain and suffering, hospital bills, lost wages, and more. The average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200, about 50% higher than the average injury-related hospital stay.

According to a study from the Center For Disease Control (CDC)1approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States each year, and 800,000 of those bites result in medical care. The U.S. population is approximately 328.2 million people as of 2019. That means a dog bites 1 out of every 73 people. In 2014, $530 million dollars was paid by insurance to dog bite-related claims.

If you are a dog bite victim, you will need an experienced lawyer from Thompson Law to claim your deserved damages. We are a family-run firm pursuing justice for our clients in Texas. Feel free to reach out to us today for a free and confidential case review.

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Types of Dog Bite Injuries

Dogs have very sharp teeth that can penetrate your flesh, bone, and muscle, causing severe injuries. Some of the common dog bite injuries include:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Eye injuries
  • Lacerations of the face, hands, arms & legs
  • Broken bones
  • Permanent disability
  • Infected wounds
  • Sepsis
  • Nerve damage
  • Rabies

Effects of a Dog Bite

If a dog bite penetrates a victim’s skin, germs can quickly get into the wound depending on the bacteria or germs in a dog’s canines. Even the slightest attack may lead to long term effects, as discussed below:

Disfigurement and Scarring

In most cases, a dog bite inflicts permanent scars or disfigurements. Even worse, it may cause severe injuries that affect your inner body parts beneath the skin. Children tend to be most affected, as dogs typically attack them in highly visible areas like the face. Victims may require skin grafting, surgeries, or stitches to reduce the extent of disfigurement. Sadly, some of the injuries might be a permanent reminder of the attack.

Psychological Effects

Dog bite victims also regularly suffer from psychological effects that may last for a considerable time. Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the most common. Additionally, you may have other symptoms such as depression, fear, stress, trouble sleeping, severe anxiety, and flashbacks.

Other victims can develop a phobia for dogs, especially young children. It may lead to emotional distress, outbursts, nightmares, regressions, anxiety, and mood swings in the long term.

Infections

Whenever you have a dog bite, it is essential to see a doctor immediately. The longer you wait, the higher the chances of wound infections. Over time you may experience some of these symptoms:

  • Swelling around the wound
  • Fever
  • Pus from the wound
  • Pain for long hours

At Thompson Law, we have handled various cases, and we do not receive a dime until we win the case. Notably, we won 13 out of the top 100 settlements in Texas in 2019. We are available 24/7 to help you out; thus, feel free to call us.

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FAQs

What Should I Do When Injured in an Accident?2020-01-23T12:10:12-06:00

Get medical treatment! Your health and safety are the most important thing, and your first priority should be seeking immediate attention from a hospital or doctor. Not sure that you’re injured or how serious your injury might be? You should still seek immediate medical attention if you are in a car accident, truck wreck or any other type of accident. 

Getting immediate medical treatment does two things: First, it makes sure that any injuries you sustained are properly diagnosed and treated and second, it helps eliminate any doubt that your injuries were caused by the accident. Often, the shock and adrenaline of an accident can mask symptoms of injury, but making the mistake to skip getting checked out can have serious consequences. By seeking prompt medical treatment, you protect both your health and your ability to seek compensation for medical bills and time off work, with the help of your attorney. 

Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?2020-01-23T12:11:09-06:00

A competent and skilled personal injury lawyer is almost always necessary to get full and fair compensation for injuries you have sustained in an accident. Most defendants, whether individual drivers or commercial vehicle operators, are covered by liability insurance. Those insurance companies are not obligated to protect or take care of you. They are there to take care of the defendant (their customer) who caused your wreck or accident. 

An expert personal injury attorney should be able to help you not only force that insurance company to pay for the injuries and damages the defendant caused, but will also do their best to make sure that you are compensated for every category of damages you may be entitled to, some of which you may not even be aware of: medical bills, future surgical costs, time off work in the past or time you may have to take off in the future, as well as the pain, suffering, and impairment that many injured people experience. 

What Factors Affect My Claim’s Value?2020-01-23T12:12:12-06:00

The largest factor affecting your claim’s value is the severity or magnitude of your injuries. More severe injuries typically require more medical treatment. So it is essential to have all your injuries documented properly by seeking immediate treatment with doctors or hospitals, and continuing under the care and direction of your doctors as long as necessary to heal. Without prompt and consistent medical treatment and documentation, an injury claim becomes very difficult to pursue, let alone win. 

Of course, other factors an also have an impact, and each and every case is different.  Were you injured in a commercial vehicle wreck or truck wreck that totaled your car, or was it a fender bender that did very little damage? Was the other driver intoxicated or drunk, or speeding? A multitude of factors may play into your claim’s overall likely value.  An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to visit with you and talk to you more specifically about factors which may affect your particular claim.  

Who Should I Call Immediately After Leaving the Scene of an Accident?2018-11-18T21:52:31-06:00

Call an attorney. Your first instinct might be to call your insurance company, but it’s best to seek legal council first so you don’t accidentally admit guilt or take responsibility for the accident. In many cases your attorney will call the insurance company for you to prevent that from happening.

Should I Conduct My Own Investigation?2018-11-18T21:53:20-06:00

Absolutely not. It’s important to leave the investigation to the professionals. They know exactly how to work a case to determine all of the facts and details.

How Long Do I have to File a Claim?2020-01-23T12:13:39-06:00

The real question here is how soon should you contact a personal injury attorney, and the answer is as soon as possible! In Texas, you generally have two (2) years to file a personal injury claim before it is barred by the statute of limitations. However, other states may have different time limits, and you may not always be able to tell on your own which state’s limitations apply to your case! The safest course of action for anybody injured in a car wreck, truck wreck, slip and fall, or any other type of case, is to immediately consult with a personal injury attorney in your area.   

This will help you make sure that your claim will not miss the applicable limitations period.  But second, and just as importantly, it will make sure that the right investigations are conducted and the right steps are taken to preserve the evidence, photos, witness statements, and records needed to successfully pursue your claim in court, should that become necessary. 

What Happens If the Other Driver Does Not Have Insurance?2020-01-23T12:25:11-06:00

If you are injured in a hit-and-run wreck (and are unable to locate the driver) or are hurt in a collision where the other driver does not have insuranceyou are not necessarily out of options in terms of financial recovery. You may still be able to recover for your personal injuries if your own policy has Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage or Personal Injury Protection (PIP). It’s a good idea to contact your insurance company to confirm what types of coverage you have on your policy before an accident, but if you have been hit be sure to ask these questions before finalizing your claim request. Even if you do not have UM or PIP, the attorneys and investigators at Thompson Law can work to track down the other driver in a hit-and-run accident. To do this, we rely on witnesses who may have captured a photo of the car or license plate and/or available surveillance camera footage that might have captured the wreck.  

What Damages Can I Recover?2020-01-23T12:26:33-06:00

If you are injured in an accident, the robust team of attorneys, paralegals and investigators at Thompson Law is ready to fight to help you get the money you deserve. Damages can include doctor and hospital bills, lost wages, property damage, and can include pain and suffering and even punitive damages in certain cases.  

What Is Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage?2020-01-23T12:27:41-06:00

Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage can help save the day if you are hit by an uninsured driver or if you are the victim in a hit-and-run collision. In short, UM coverage is an add-on coverage that drivers can add to their auto insurance policies that will protect them in the event that they are in an auto accident with a driver who either does not have insurance or cannot be located. You can contact your insurance provider to confirm whether your policy includes UM. If you do not have this coverage, the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law recommend that you consider adding UM to your auto insurance policy today. 

What is Comparative Negligence?2018-10-18T11:20:51-05:00

Knowing how comparative negligence works is vital if you live in a state that uses it. In simple terms, comparative negligence implies both drivers can share fault for an accident, but one driver can be more at fault than the other. For example, you are texting while driving when another driver runs a stop sign and hits your car.

A jury finds that the driver who ran the stop sign is 80 percent at fault, but they believe you would have had a better chance of avoiding the accident if you were not texting at the time. They find you 20 percent at fault. You can only collect enough compensation to cover the other driver’s fault. In this case, you would get $8,000 if the jury thinks your case is worth $10,000.

What Happens When the Police Arrive on the Scene?2020-01-23T11:55:38-06:00

Having the police respond to the accident scene is of paramount importance. Make sure that YOU call them and insist that they come and investigate the accident. When the police arrive, they will separate the drivers and witnesses from one another and take statements from everyone involved. Be cooperative, detailed, and firm in describing the accident. The investigating officer will usually determine fault based upon these statements, and it is essential that your version of the events is heard and believed. If you think that you may be injured, make that clear to the officer. If an ambulance or other medical professionals arrive on scene, get checked out. If not, make plans to visit an emergency room or doctor soon after you leave the scene. Before you do leave for this care, the officer will provide you with a report number and their contact information. Make sure this information is safely saved, as it will be very important in any auto accident injury claim you may have.     

The Insurance Company Says My Car Is Totaled. Now What?2020-01-23T11:58:20-06:00

In insurance terms, “totaled” or a “total loss” means that the cost to repair your vehicle to its pre-accident condition is more than the vehicle is worth. Each insurance company has a different threshold for determining if a vehicle is totaled, but generally, if its close, you want the insurance company to “total” your car. Following the determination that your car is a total loss, the insurance company will provide you with their assessment of the value of your car. An experienced auto accident attorney should review this estimate to make sure that you are truly receiving fair market value for your loss.  You absolutely have the right to challenge their assessment, and a skilled attorney knows the best way to do so to maximize your recovery.  

A Family Member Was Injured in an Accident. Can I File a Lawsuit?2020-01-23T12:45:15-06:00

Typically, yes. If a family member is seriously injured or killed in an accident, or if the injured party is a minor child, then it may be appropriate under the law for a parent, spouse, relative, or legal guardian to file a claim or lawsuit on behalf of the injured or deceased party.  These types of claims are complex, and usually depend on the type of relationship involved, as well as the individual facts and circumstances of the injury. Calling the experienced personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law is step one to explore filing a legal claim on behalf of your loved one. 

If I’m Partly to Blame for the Accident, Can I Still File a Case?2020-01-23T12:37:55-06:00

Even if you are partially to blame for a car accident, you may be able to recover some of your damages from the other party. Under Texas’s proportionate responsibility system (also known as comparative negligence), unless you as the claimant/plaintiff are determined more than 51% at fault, you may recover legal damages that are reduced by the percentage you are determined at fault. For example, if you are determined to be 30% at fault, you can recover 70% of your damages from the other responsible party (you can’t recover the other 30% because that was the amount of liability that was determined to lie with you). The personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law can help you navigate this proportionate responsibility system – so reach out online or call anytime for a free consultation.     

Can I afford to hire a great attorney?2020-01-23T12:54:16-06:00

If you or a family member are injured in an automobile accident, you cannot afford NOT to hire the very best attorney available. Thompson Law works on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that you only pay legal fees IF we win for you and AFTER your case is settled. We understand that legal fees upfront are simply too much to deal with after a serious accident where you are dealing with property damage repairs, medical bills, missed work and lost wages. The fact that you owe $0 upfront is an added bonus when you hire great legal representation at Thompson Law.   

How do I know you will take my case?2020-01-23T12:56:15-06:00

If you were injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, there is a good chance we can help you out. We will look at the facts of your accident, whether a car wreck, truck wreck, motorcycle accident, or on-the-job-injury and examine whatever reports or records are available. If we believe that you were injured and it was someone else’s fault, it is likely to be a case we can take. The more information and documentation you can give us about your accident and your injuries, the quicker we can evaluate your case and let you know.  Give us a call or reach out online anytime! 

I had a slip & fall accident. Do I need to hire a lawyer?2020-01-23T12:58:38-06:00

Absolutely.  Premises liability cases, sometimes called “slip and fall” accidents, can be difficult to prove and require prompt action to preserve the evidence and witness statements you will need to pursue a claim. Additionally, Texas law on premises liability has become extremely difficult to navigate and unfavorable for injured parties. Your chances of receiving fair and just compensation for your injuries from a slip and fall increase significantly with a tenacious personal injury lawyer on your side. 

How do I know you are the right personal injury attorney for my case?2020-01-23T12:59:54-06:00

The right personal injury attorney has three major characteristics: Excellent customer service, cutting edge technology, and a willingness to take cases and win at trial. Ask your potential attorney about the client experience they offer, what kind of technology they use to make your life easier, and when was the last time they took a case to jury trial. Asking these types of questions will give you guidance on what kind of experience you can expect as a client and what kind of results you can expect at the end of your case. Thompson Law, LLP has high ratings from clients for its emphasis on customer service, and its attorneys have achieved significant results on small, large, and complex cases alike. No matter if you have been involved in a minor car wreck or are dealing with catastrophic injuries from a rarer and more devastating event like terrible workplace accident, dog bite, or an 18 wheeler wreck, Thompson Law Injury Lawyers can assist you.  

Can I have a free consultation about my case?2020-01-23T13:00:51-06:00

Yes! Thompson Law is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide free consultations. If you have been injured in a truck wreck or car accident, hurt in a slip and fall incident, or otherwise injured from the negligence of another person or party, give us a call any time at 1-800-LION-LAW. We can speak to you over the phone, chat online through our website or social media outlets, or arrange an in-person meeting at your convenience. Our team is ready to help! 

I’m in the hospital or unable to travel. How do I meet with a lawyer?2020-01-23T13:01:23-06:00

Thompson Law is available 24/7 to provide free consultations and to sign up new clients. We can sign you up over the phone or we can send one of our experienced licensed investigators to meet you at the hospital or at your home if you prefer. Whether you live in Arlington, Ft. Worth, El Paso, McAllen, or even outside of the state of Texas, we are always here to assist you and provide the resources you need at a difficult time. We do the hard work for you so that you can focus on healing from your injuries.  

I was just in an accident. What do I need to do first?2020-01-23T15:44:56-06:00

Being in a wreck, especially on the highway, can be a terrifying experience. Remember these 6 steps to make sure you are safe and to help preserve your legal case right from the start: 

  1. GET SAFE. Stop your vehicle/move it to a safe place if you are able. Stay close to the scene without obstructing traffic. Activate your emergency flashing lights to prevent other cars from striking you. 
  2. CALL 9-1-1. If you are seriously injured, be sure you request an ambulance when you call. A police report may become critical evidence in determining liability in your case. The police will respond to wrecks involving injuries but may not send a unit for cases involving property damage only.  
  3. TAKE PHOTOS. If you are able to safely do so, take photos of your vehicle, the other vehicle (including the license plate), and the surrounding scene of the accident. You will also want to photograph the other driver’s license and insurance card.  
  4. GATHER INFO. After making sure you and passengers are okay, exchange contact information and insurance information with the other driver.  
  5. FIND WITNESSES. If there are witnesses to the accident, take down their names and contact information. Their statements may help resolve any liability disputes.  
  6. CALL THOMPSON LAW. The experienced team of attorneys, investigators and paralegals are ready to assist you right away. You can even call us to meet you at the scene of an accident.  
I was a passenger in an accident. Can I still claim damages?2020-01-23T13:01:51-06:00

Yes! Passengers in auto accidents are entitled to make claims for their damages and injuries too.  As a negligence-free passenger, who you make a claim against (one or both drivers and their insurance companies), and what coverages are available (third-party liability, first-party coverages, and/or personal injury protection), depends on the specific facts and circumstances of the car wreck.  Injured passengers should call the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law to assist in navigating these complex issues so that they may receive the fair compensation they deserve.    

I was hit by a car while riding my bike. What do I need to do?2020-01-23T13:02:15-06:00

Bike accidents unfortunately occur more and more often and can cause serious and severe injuries to the cyclist.   

First, stay at the scene.  As soon as it is safe, assess the situation and call 9-1-1 to report the incident.  

Second, when help arrives, receive emergency medical attention.  Get “checked out” even if you think you are okay—the trauma and shock of the collision can cause your body to block out pain and injury. Follow the medical advice of the emergency response team. 

Third, with assistance from the police, exchange and obtain information, such as insurance information as well as the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses, passengers, and drivers.  DO NOT discuss the facts and circumstances of the bike accident with anyone other than the investigating officer.   

Fourth, document the scene.  Make notes on paper or using your cell phone about the time of day; weather conditions; road or traffic conditions; lighting; location of the vehicles and involved parties; and any relevant road signs, traffic control devices (lights, stop signs, yield signs) etc.  Also, make sure to get photographs of your bike, the driver’s car, and the scene.  

Last, call Thompson Law Injury Lawyers today.  The experienced personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law will help you investigate all applicable insurance coverages and fight to get the compensation to which you are entitled.   

After an accident, how do my medical expenses and other damages get paid?2020-01-23T13:02:50-06:00

An insurance company will not pay medical expenses or other damages as they come due; rather, after they have accepted liability, the insurance company will make a one-time, lump-sum final payment only at the end of your case.  Dealing with medical expenses, and obtaining the proper medical care, after an accident can be tricky. But it does not have to be! Call the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law, who can explain how to deal with the “day-of” hospital bills, how to continue to receive the care you need, and ultimately how to recover an appropriate settlement that takes care of your bills from the incident as well as fair and just compensation for you. 

How long is the case process?2020-01-23T13:03:34-06:00

Let’s be honest: this isn’t a legal show on TV and your case will not settle in the next hour – or even tomorrow.  The true answer is: it depends.  We find that most cases settle within 7-10 months from date of incident; but the timeframe in your case could be shorter or longer depending on: the facts and circumstances of the accident; the length of time it takes you to complete medical treatment; and the character of the insurance company, or companies, involved in your case.  In the event that your case cannot settle pre-litigation and it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit, that process alone can take 1 to 2 years due to the court system and legal process necessary to prepare for trial.  But because so much of the timeline depends on the facts and circumstances of your unique case, call Thompson Law today to discuss. 

dog bites

Who is Responsible for the Dog Bite Injuries?

Texas adheres to the one-bite rule. It means the pet keeper or owner should be liable for any harm the animal inflicts on a victim. It is expected that the owner has a certain degree of knowledge that the pet is vicious or dangerous. For instance, a prudent, responsible person would not allow their dog to stray into a children’s playground.

Further, the injured party can recover compensation for the injuries if the dog has ever bitten another person before. If both of these circumstances hold, the victim can have a valid case against the responsible party.

How Can You Prove a Dog Bite Injury

One of the most challenging tasks in a dog bite case is proving the likelihood of the animal biting someone when there is no previous reported case. You may be fortunate enough if there was a similar incident reported in the neighborhood or the dog is an aggressive breed. You also need to demonstrate that the dog was aggressive and can easily bite others when loose. However, the loving or peaceful behavior of the dog can quickly negate this argument. This way, the owner can develop a valid argument.

No matter how complex this process may seem, you can rely on experienced attorneys from Thompson Law in Texas. You can get a lawyer in 15 minutes for a free consultation to develop a strong case.

What Is Negligence in Dog Bites

Usually, negligence refers to a lack of ordinary care in preventing a dog from biting others. The keeper or owner has the responsibility of restraining the dog. To prove negligence in Texas, the plaintiff must have evidence that the defendant owns the dog that attacked them. Additionally, the complainant needs to show that the owner did not show a standard of care in preventing the dog from attacking.

How Long Should You Take to File a Dog Bite Claim?

Once the statute of limitation in Texas expires, you no longer have the right to get compensated by the careless or negligent pet owner. Therefore, make sure you file a lawsuit within two years from the attack day to get compensation.

What to Do After a Dog Bite

You also need to record the dog owner’s address, name, and the breed’s animal. If any persons saw the attack, take their contacts since they may be crucial witnesses. Additionally, remember to take photos of the injuries the dog inflicted on you. Do not forget to report to the police or animal control about the circumstance that led to the attack.

Contact Our Dallas Texas Dog Bite Injury Lawyers Today for a Free Case Review

If you are a victim of a dog bite that inflicted minor or severe injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Get a free case review from Thompson Law Injury lawyers for listings, we are the best team of lawyers in Texas. For more details on how our attorneys can assist you, make sure you reach out to our bilingual legal experts.

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