On average, dog bites in America take place once every 75 seconds. If you’re lucky, an attempted dog bite may only result in some light scratches or cut skin. But in some cases, this type of attack can cause life-changing injuries, or even death. Many Americans are forced to receive medical treatment to treat and recover from their injuries, and over nearly 30,000 people require reconstructive surgery to heal from their dog attacks.
Not every dog is dangerous, and not every dog owner is irresponsible. However, if you have been victimized by a dog bite and there is an owner who has acted in negligence, you have a right to pursue financial compensation. If you are interested in filing a dog bite lawsuit, the Pusch & Nguyen Law Firm can help you. With experience helping clients in San Antonio, Houston, and their surrounding areas, you can count on our team of lawyers to handle your case with precision and tact. We have a strong reputation for maximizing our clients’ financial recoveries, and as a law firm based on contingency fees, you only pay us if we win your case. Contact us today at 210-702-3000 to schedule a free consultation.
If you have been bit by a dog and you are physically able to gather information, it is always recommended you do so. Try to document the canine owner’s full name, phone number, address, and their driver’s license or ID number, if applicable. You will also want to request any vaccination records as well as the full name, phone number, and address of the canine’s primary veterinarian.
Next, you will want to document your injuries before receiving medical treatment. Take multiple photos of your wounds before you begin undergoing medical care. Though this may seem difficult in the moment, it is important to remember that you will need this if you choose to present your case in a court of law and prove the severity of the attack you’ve endured. Make sure your wounds are clearly visible in the picture before attempting to heal.
After gathering all relevant documentations, it is time to seek medical care. You never know how big or small any sort of personal injury will be, which is why it is so crucial for you to receive medical treatment immediately after your injury has taken place. The only person who can fully assess and diagnose your injuries is a professional physician.
After leaving the hospital, you will most likely have a copy of your medical records alongside any directions in regards to follow-up treatments, appointments, or medications. But lastly, you must contact a San Antonio personal injury lawyer. Hiring a San Antonio dog bite attorney can help you prepare a case that will bring about financial compensation while covering all of your accident-related expenses.
Dog owners and dog bite victims alike need to be aware of the one bite rule. In the state of Texas, this law means that dog owners may be able to “get away with” their canine’s first instance of biting a victim. According to law, pet owners are virtually relieved of their responsibilities if their dog bites an unsuspecting victim but has no history of hostile behavior. With that being said, if you are a dog bite victim in San Antonio, you must be able to prove that the dog’s owner did know about a history of violence and biting in their dog’s past. In addition to this, you must also be able to prove that the dog’s owner failed to use reasonable care and control while doing nothing to prevent the dog bite from taking place.
While we highlight certain injuries pertaining to canine bites, keep in mind that these are only a few of the most common types of dog bite injuries. Your injuries may complicate if the dog is carrying rabies at the time of attack, and in addition to this, the simple truth is that no two dog bites are the same.
Broken bones are a more one of the more common dog bite injuries. Serious dog bite injuries are typically caused by larger dogs, such as pitbulls, huskies, or Great Danes. Larger canines possess the jaw strength that is needed to break a human bone.
In addition to broken arms and legs, many victims also suffer from severe facial injuries. Canines have a tendency to bite at the face of humans when they choose to attack, and these injuries can be fatal. Some victims end up losing their eyes, ears, nose, and the majority of their facial structure after suffering from a dog bite to the face.
General pain and suffering is also a common result of a serious dog bite injury. Many victims of dog bites are small children, but after suffering from a canine attack, both children and adults alike may find themselves struggling to enjoy the company of dogs ever again. Some victims even report instances of flashbacks or paranoia when being in the company of animals after their dog bite injury.
If you think you may be suffering from one of these injuries or something else entirely, visit a trusted physician and get checked out before it’s too late. They are the only ones who can sport dormant diseases and injuries that can derail your livelihood if left untreated.
There are a multitude of reasons why dogs bite, but here are some of the most common causes we’ve seen in our experience of working with this type of claim.
Canines are extremely possessive, and because of this, they can become quickly aggressive if they feel as though you are “messing with” their food, personal space, water, toys, or owner(s). Be careful not to suddenly move a dog’s food bowl while they are eating, and try to be cordial with their owner while the canine is in your presence. Even friendly gestures such as hugging may be interpreted as a potential attack.
Female dogs tend to become aggressive after having puppies. Like any animal, dogs have strong maternal instincts, and they will do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of their children. If a canine has recently given birth and she feels as though your presence is a threat to her and her children, she may not hesitate to bite you in an attempt to establish dominance and territory. Animal experts typically suggest giving a dog and its puppies ample space for an extended period of time before beginning to approach them.
Dog bites can be very scary and painful, but they can be healed from. If you are already dealing with physical scars from your attack, there is still time to avoid financial and emotional scarring from taking place.
Pusch & Nguyen have years of experience helping clients recover from lost wages, medical treatment, and pain and suffering. With years of experience serving clients all across the Lone Star State, our legal team has the expertise you will need to build a strong case and prove that your dog bite was caused by the negligent behavior of a canine owner. For more information, contact us today at 210-702-3000 to schedule a free consultation.