Dallas Dog Bite Lawyers
Animal Attack Compensation Claims
Dog attacks can produce terrifying, horrific injures and unfortunately are completely preventable. I you or a loved one have been attacked by a neighbor’s dog in Dallas – or anywhere in Texas – you should know that our Dog Bite Lawyers have vast experience prosecuting such claims. Call Michael P. Fleming & Associates, PC now for a free consultation.
We have handled many claims for dog attack injuries including:
- Puncture wounds
- Severe flesh wounds
- Massive permanent scaring
- Permanent disfigurement
- Emotional damages
In finding a Dallas dog bite lawyer for your injuries, it is important to find one with the experience needed to seek the maximum compensation for your injures. Michael P. Fleming is Board Certified as a Specialist in Personal Injury Trial Law by The Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
What Should you do After a Dog Attack in Dallas?
If you or a child of yours has been the victim of a dog attack resulting in injuries, you should take the following actions immediately:
- Call 911 or go to the hospital. Dog bites can be severe and life-threatening. It is important to receive proper medical care to minimize the damages and future medical care needed.
- Call Animal Control. In Dallas, you can report the bite to Dallas Animal Services by dialing 311. Animal control/Dallas Animal Services will investigate the attack, make sure the dog has the proper vaccinations and determine whether the dog is dangerous or aggressive. Often times, the hospital will make the report. Cooperate completely if you are contacted by Animal Control
- Take Pictures of your wounds. Pictures of the various stages of your dog bite wounds an recovery are very effective to show an insurance company or jury what you experienced.
- Call one of our Dallas dog bite lawyers at (469) 414-9082.
Does Insurance Cover Dog Bites?
We have had good success prosecuting claims against dog owners through their homeowner’s insurance policy. Most Homeowner’s insurance (and some renter’s insurance) policies provide coverage for dog attacks. However, certain insurance policies excluded dog bites and some specifically exclude certain breeds of dogs such as pit bulls.
What are the Most Dangerous Dogs in Dallas?
Certainly, some dogs attack more often and more severely and as such are considered more dangerous. These dogs include Pit Bull Terriers and Rottweilers. However, any dog can inflict serious injuries through a bite and attack due the negligent handling of the owner.
What is the Law on Dog Bite Liability in Texas?
There are two main ways to prove a dog bite liability case in Dallas or anywhere in Texas. The first involves the situation where the owner knows of the dog’s dangerous tendencies. It is often mentioned as the “one bite rule” where the owner is said not to be liable for the first bite by their dog. While this is technically true, a dog owner can be found liable even if the dog was not known to be vicious if the owner is negligent in the way the dog has handled resulting in the injuries. “Negligent handling” can include letting the dog run free in the neighborhood or walking the dog without a leash. It can also arise when the owner is negligent after the dog is becoming aggressive but before the attack such as letting the barking dog loose out the door by accident when the victim is approaching. There are many ways to establish liability in a dog attack case and our Dallas Dog Bite Lawyers have the experience to seek the maximum compensation you are entitle to receive under the law. Call us today for a free consultation.
Michael P. Fleming is a highly experienced litigator who has argued and won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a Houston resident who was twice elected to serve as the Harris County Attorney. He is also an avid runner who has completed eight marathons, to date, including two in Ireland. Only a small group of Texas lawyers are Board Certified as specialists in both Personal Injury Trial Law and Real Estate Law. Michael is one of them. He also proudly holds his B.A. degree from the University of Saint Thomas and his J.D. degree from the University of Houston College of Law.