Dog Bite Injury FAQ
Dog bites can cause serious injuries. The dog bite victim can suffer various injuries and complications as a result of the attack. Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) our clients ask after they have suffered a dog bite in Austin, Lake Travis, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Central Texas, and across Texas.
Q: A Dog Just Bit Me, What Should I Do?
Call the police to make a report. The police department should go to the scene and make a report of the incident. The police will want to know if you are injured, whether you need immediate medical assistance, and the location of the dog to prevent further injury. The police will render first aid to you until an ambulance arrives if necessary. The police should conduct at least a limited investigation into the occurrence. You can ask the police officers how to obtain a copy of the police report. The report will contain valuable information as to the identity of the dog’s owner, the owner’s address, and may include information like whether the police responded to the residence in the past to address dog attacks.
Next, immediately seek medical attention. You can ride in the ambulance or go on your own to the hospital but do not delay. Dog bites can cause jagged injuries that a plastic surgeon might have to treat because of the severity. Additionally, the deep cutting “fangs” of a dog can penetrate deep into muscle causing damage to the musculature as well as cause nerve damage. Children and senior citizens are especially vulnerable to deep tissue injuries and nerve damage. After the initial treatment, make sure you continue to follow up with your physicians.
Q: Can I Still Recover Even If The Dog Never Bit Anyone Before?
The short answer is: it depends. The law in Texas is that the dog owner is not responsible for injuries caused by a dog bite unless the owner knew the dog bit someone or tried to bite someone before. You must prove that the dog previously attacked and the owner knew or should have known about the previous attack. The owner is liable for damages if the owner failed to keep the dog in its yard. If you are visiting the home with an invitation and the dog bites you, then the owner is not responsible unless the dog bit before. However, the case is different if the dog runs onto the sidewalk and bites you.
Q: Who Is Responsible For The Injuries Caused By The Dog Bite?
Normally, the dog owner or custodian of the dog is the party responsible for injuries resulting from a dog bite. Your attorney will investigate whether other parties are responsible as well. A thorough investigation might reveal a trainer negligently trained the dog. It is your lawyer’s responsibility to learn of as many individuals who bear responsibility for your injuries and hold them liable.
Q: Why Should I Hire A Dog Bite Lawyer?
An attorney with prior experience representing dog bite victims knows how to assemble the best case so that you obtain the greatest amount of compensation. An experienced dog bite attorney will conduct a thorough investigation into the underlying facts of the case. The attorney will determine whether the dog previously attacked by interviewing the owner, neighbors, and requesting police reports. Your attorney must assemble all of your medical records and also make certain that you have reached a medical end result before filing a claim. A proven dog bite lawyer knows how to fight with insurance companies to win the compensation you deserve.
Q: Who Should I Call For Help?
Our legal team at Hermes E. Flores in Austin, Lake Travis Texas prides itself on fighting for the rights of dog bite victims. Call us today at 512-947-9103 to schedule a free consultation. There is no fee unless we are successful on your behalf. We are available 24/7 to help you seek justice for your injuries suffered from a dog bite in Austin, Lake Travis, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Central Texas, or elsewhere in the State of Texas.