Animal Attack & Dog Bite Lawyers in Georgetown
Though many Americans own animals these days, the law still requires that animal owners be responsible for any injuries their animal might cause. Certain breeds of dogs are notorious for being very aggressive and if you own an animal known for violence, then you definitely have a duty to protect the community from it.
The trouble with an animal attack is that it will usually come very suddenly and be completely unexpected. Even the animal’s owner may be surprised, but if a large dog lunges at you, then you’ve only got a split second to react and often people come away with severe injuries. Whether it’s a household pet or an exotic animal, the owner must take precautions to prevent injury. If you’ve been hurt in this type of event, there are laws in Georgetown, as with all of Texas, to protect you.
One-Bite Rule in Texas
A few states, including Texas, have what’s known as the “one-bite rule.” In this case, legal liability for a dog bite is based on one of the following:
- Injury was caused by a violation of the leash law
- The owner knew that the dog had bitten someone previously or had the potential to bite someone
- The animal owner or handler was negligent
- Injury was caused intentionally by the dog handler
You only have to prove one of these points in order to file a dog bite claim based on negligence. In 2007, two additional dog bite laws went into effect in Texas. A dog must be on a leash and it cannot be at large in public where people could be injured. The owner or handler must exercise reasonable care of the animal.
Many times, dog bite cases are emotionally charged, and victims will want justice. These can be complex and difficult cases that require a skilled, and compassionate personal injury lawyer. The attorneys at Zinda Law Group can provide you with that level of representation.
If you or a loved one were injured in an animal attack, then it’s important to seek legal assistance right away. There are many facts of the case to uncover, such as whether the dog was leashed. We learn if the dog handler had voice command or control over the dog and could have stopped the attack. Our attorneys will go to work right away interviewing witnesses. We must find out whether the attack occurred on private property or in a public place.
Each of these questions is important to your claim. The recovery of compensation depends on the various circumstances surrounding the tragic event. Let Zinda Law Group handle your claim and you will be in the hands of caring, compassionate and highly experienced attorneys. Whether you were attacked by a domestic dog, a rabbit, raccoon, or any type of animal, you can recover damages for your injuries and we can help. Contact someone at Zinda Law Group today to learn about your legal rights. Don’t take matters into your own hands. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.