If you are the victim of a dog or animal bite in Fort Worth, getting lawyer representation by an experienced attorney can make all the difference. I am an aggressive personal injury attorney that will pursue the responsible dog owner or property owner and file a personal injury claim on your behalf.
Not all dog bites or animal bites will subject the owner, handler, harborer, keeper or property owner to liability, however. Texas does not have a dog bite statute, per se. Rather, a person will only be responsible for your damages if the dog previously bit someone, the person knew about the dog’s vicious propensities, and the person had a duty to warn or protect you from the animal. This is generally known as the “one bite” rule.
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Additionally, and closely related, a person may be liable for your damages if they were negligent in the handling of the animal. As in other negligence cases, to be liable for your damages the other party must have had a duty to you, the person must have breached that duty, and the breach must have been a (but not necessarily the only) proximate cause of your damages. Whether or not a duty was owed depends on a number of factors, but a bite alone may not make the other party liable for payments to you.
Finally, even if you have a good case, there must be a way to collect the damages. For example, if you are savagely attacked by a dog owned by a homeless person and require hundreds of thousands of dollars for reconstructive surgery, you may never see a single dollar. Collection laws in Texas weigh heavily in favor of a debtor. Unless the responsible party owns assets or has insurance, you may only get a judgment that is not worth the paper upon which it is printed.
The Law Office of Paul Previte will handle your case from start to finish. We will identify the responsible parties, and, if any exist, we will attempt to identify assets and/or insurance to satisfy your claim. Give us a call today if you have suffered a dog/animal bite in Fort Worth. Attorney representation by a competent lawyer can make all the difference.