Dog Bite Lawyers in El Paso

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A morning jog around the neighborhood or an afternoon at the playground with your children can come to a terrifying halt because of an animal attack.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite or animal attack, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with an experienced dog bite lawyer in El Paso.

Common Types of Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bites can cause deep and painful puncture wounds, internal bleeding, broken bones, partial or complete loss of fingers, toes, or other body parts, and in some cases even death.

Moreover, dogs that are infected with rabies can transmit this disease to humans. Rabies is a treatable disease, but treatment takes time and resources and must be initiated quickly after a bite has occurred.

While the majority of dog breeds are not inherently aggressive, the fact remains that any dog that feels scared or threatened could attack. Often, the victims of these attacks are innocent children and others who just so happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite or animal attack, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with an experienced dog bite lawyer in El Paso.

Types of Dog Bite Lawsuits

Dog bite cases are typically personal injury lawsuits. These cases can range from incredibly mild injuries to severe, life-threatening ones. The different types of cases often involve how aware the dog owner was of their dog’s aggressive tendencies, and what precautions they took (if any) to prevent the attack.

Most lawsuits will either be based on a ‘One Bite' rule or ‘Strict Liability Rules.' El Paso follows Texas Laws, and Texas is a ‘One Bite' law state. To seek compensation, your attorney will work to prove that:

  • The dog owner knew that the dog had bitten somebody before or had shown aggressive tendencies in the past\
  • The dog owner was negligent and failed to control the dog and prevent it from biting you.

For example, if you were walking down the street, and a neighbor's dog ran from their garden and bit you, your lawyer would work to prove that the owner knew the dog was aggressive or had bitten somebody and that the dog owner was negligent by letting the dog roam free without restraint which led to the bite.

What to Do After a Dog Bite

When dealing with the aftermath of a dog bite or animal attack, it is important to take legal action as soon as possible. Your first priority is to receive any necessary medical treatment following the dog bite itself. If your injuries from the dog bite are serious enough, you may also end up admitted to the hospital, unable to work or fulfill other obligations for a duration of time.

Your dog bite accident may lead to significant medical bills and other expenses such as lost wages. If your insurance will not cover all of these costs or if you do not have insurance, then you may need to file a lawsuit in order to recover the expenses that you are entitled to. Contacting an experienced and reliable El Paso dog bite lawyer is strongly recommended to recover your costs and any awardable damages.

Negligence

Texas allows a person to seek compensation in cases where the dog owner was negligent. To prove dog owner negligence, your lawyer will work to show that;

1. The person at fault owned the dog

2. The person at fault had a duty of care toward you to ensure that the dog does not bite you

3. The person at fault breached their duty of care by failing to prevent the dog from biting you

4. You were injured as a result of that breach on the part of the dog owner.

For example, in many parks, dogs must be within sight of and in sound control of owners at all times, and a dog in heat must not be allowed in off-leash areas. If you are in an off-leash area and an owner who is aware their dog is in heat, lets their dog off their leash, and their dog bites a person, the owner may be deemed negligent and liable for the injuries.

Filing a dog bite Lawsuit

To file a dog bite lawsuit, several steps are taken after you have spoken you're your attorney. These steps include:

1. Investigating

Your attorney will proceed to investigate your case. In doing so, they will likely speak with witnesses and compile photographic and other physical evidence. Discovering whether the dog has been violent in the past will likely require a lot of investigative research, which can be quite costly if you do not have certain research tools at your disposal.

2. Negotiation and Settlement

Once your attorney has investigated your claim and built the strongest case possible for you, they will proceed to negotiate with the other side in an attempt to agree on a settlement figure for you. Insurance companies are notoriously skilled negotiators, and without the negotiating experience an attorney will have, you may be coaxed into settling for less than what your case is worth. Luckily, your attorney is just as experienced as they are and will drive settlement talks with your best interests in mind.

The majority of dog bite claims do not reach a courtroom as they are settled beforehand. If your case does proceed to trial, your attorney will be by your side to ensure that the settlement you deserve is sought for you.

Choosing a Lawyer for an Animal Attack

When it comes to hiring a dog bite lawyer to take on your case, you will want to research and explore your options. You should look for an injury lawyer who has experience with dog bites and animal attack cases in the area of El Paso.

By doing so, you will have the best chances of success when it comes to receiving fair compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related expenses as well.

How much is my case worth?

Dog bite compensation is typically determined by combing economic and noneconomic damages. ‘Damages’ refers to losses that you have sustained – financial and/or emotional.

  • Economic damages include any bills you have had to pay or money you have lost because of your injury. For instance, medical bills, lost wages, and loss of future earnings are all economic damages.
  • Noneconomic damages, on the other hand, are based more on the pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the dog bite incident.

If a child sustains a facial injury, their noneconomic damages may be quite large, as they might have to deal with ridicule and stress from facial scarring that they otherwise would not have had to deal with had the bite not happened. If the dog bite itself is especially gruesome, or the injuries severely impact your enjoyment of life, this might also affect the amount of noneconomic damages you may receive.

Can I get compensation for a dog bite?

This will depend on the facts of your case. A person may seek compensation when it can be proven that the dog owner knew of the dog's aggressive tendencies, the dog had bitten somebody before, and the dog owner was negligent in letting the dog bite you. If these criteria are met and you sustained a physical injury that led you to lose money by way of medical bills and other expenses, then you may have a case against the dog owner.

Other factors include:

  • The date of the accident – if the bite happened more than two years ago it may be barred from moving forward as in that case it would fall outside of the Texas Statute of Limitations, which El Paso follows.
  • Were you trespassing – If you were trespassing on another person’s property and were bitten by their dog, this may exclude you from making a claim.
  • Talk to an attorney today to find out more about how to file a dog bite claim.

How long do I have to file a dog bite claim?

In El Paso, you have two years in which to file a dog bite case, as per Texas Statue of Limitations. Failing to do so in the two years could mean that you would be forever barred from bringing it. The clock typically starts running on those two years from the date when the dog bite occurred. After a dog bite, you are likely focused on treating your injuries and getting back to work. Therefore, while two years may sound like plenty of time, it actually may go by very quickly.

Further, evidence in dog bite cases can easily be lost or destroyed. Witnesses may forget the incident, and the dog owner may move and be difficult to track down. If you speak with an attorney early on, you may still be able to focus on getting better while the attorney focuses on seeking the compensation you deserve.

Our El Paso Dog Bite Attorneys Can Help

By working with an El Paso dog bite injury lawyer from Zinda Law Group, you can always expect the highest level of dedication during your case. And as one of our clients, you will pay us nothing unless we win your animal attack case.

If you have been injured in an animal attack, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our skilled El Paso dog bite lawyers. Meetings with attorneys by appointment only.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid in A Dog Bite Injury Case

  1. Not Pursuing a Claim

The biggest mistake that dog bite victims make is not pursuing a claim at all. They might not realize they have a right to compensation. Dog owners are liable for their pets’ actions, regardless of whether the dog had ever shown any aggressive tendencies before.

  1. Not Hiring an Attorney

Another mistake victim make is not consulting a personal injury lawyer with experience in dog bite injury cases. Hiring an experienced lawyer is essential to ensure that you know the law relevant to your case and understand your options for moving forward.

  1. Interviewing Witnesses Incorrectly

When interviewing witnesses, it is important to ask the right questions to ensure that their testimony is specific and useful. For example, a witness stating that the dog was “scary” is much less helpful than a witness describing exactly how the dog behaved (barking, growling, lunging, showing teeth, etc.)

  1. Failing to Get Medical Treatment

A doctor can assess your injuries and can tell the difference between a quick puncture and lengthy clamping and tearing of skin, tissues and muscle. This can affect the amount of compensation deserved for pain and suffering and is necessary to determine the extent of the injury and the amount of victim’s future medical expenses.

  1. Settling Too Soon

One major mistake that must be avoided by both attorney and client is accepting a settlement too quickly. It is important to wait until the victim really knows all the costs of the injury, such as plastic surgery, physical and emotional therapy, loss of income, etc., before discussing or accepting a settlement.