You may be able to hold the dog’s owner legally responsible and recover compensation if you or a loved one was hurt in an incident with an uncontrolled canine. A Frisco dog bite lawyer from Underwood Law Office may be able to help. We understand how Texas’ laws work when it comes to dog attacks and may be able to build a case to recover money for your medical bills, missed paychecks, and more.
At Underwood Law Office, our attorneys are available to review your legal case for free. We will discuss the details of what happened to you or your family member and how this may support a personal injury or wrongful death action. We can also explain our services, how we might approach your case, and how our contingency fee plans work.
What Compensation Is Available Based on My Frisco, TX, Dog Bite Case?
There is no way to know the potential value of your Frisco dog bite injury case before we investigate what happened and identify your expenses and losses. However, we can help you understand the types of damages our clients frequently suffer in these cases. While this differs based on the case’s facts, you may have incurred some or all these recoverable damages, as well.
- Medical bills, from emergency transportation to surgeries and rehabilitation
- Future medical care and support costs, as needed
- Lost income if you missed work
- Diminished earning capacity if your injuries prevent you from going back to work
- Property damages, such as eyeglasses broken during the incident
- Miscellaneous related expenses and losses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Reduced quality of life
We also represent clients in wrongful death actions that arise out of dog bite incidents. If your loved one suffered fatal injuries in one of these attacks, we may be able to pursue a case for your family against the dog’s owner.
Our Frisco Dog Bite Attorney Values Each Clients’ Case
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to recovering compensation after a Frisco dog bite. We must investigate each case and the circumstances that led to the attack, identify the liable parties, gather evidence of damages, and take other steps to value the case. This is the only way we can understand how much the client’s case might be worth and what a fair settlement offer might be.
As part of this process, we may need to work with medical experts to understand your prognosis and future medical care needs. For example, scarring may require significant plastic surgery that cannot occur until your wounds are fully healed. We will need to understand the cost and effects of this surgery to include it in your damages.
In many cases, the intangible damages are worth more than the economic expenses and losses in these cases. We will need to use our knowledge and experience of personal injury cases in Frisco to determine how much your non-economic damages might be worth.
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Frisco, call (972) 535-6377
Underwood Law Office Represents Clients Based on Contingency
At Underwood Law Office, a Frisco personal injury lawyer may be able to go to work for you today. If we represent you, you can expect us to:
- Protect your rights, including your right to sue
- Handle all communications about your case
- Answer your questions as they come up
- Provide case updates regularly
- Investigate what happened and who is liable
- Build a claim that holds the at-fault party legally responsible
- Value the claim and seek an appropriate payout
- Sue if necessary
- Represent you at trial
Our attorneys work based on contingency fees. You will not be charged with any fees or expenses upfront or need to pay anything before your case settles or you receive a trial verdict. Our attorney’s fees come only as a percentage of the damages we recover for each client.
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Texas Law Provides Two Options for Building a Case Against a Dog’s Owner
Texas does not have a specific tort law that makes it possible to hold a dog’s owner legally liable following a single bite or attack. Instead, the law requires the owner to have knowledge of a history of similar “vicious” or threatening behavior as defined under Texas Health and Safety Code § 822. This could make it difficult to hold the dog’s owner legally responsible if there is no history of bites.
However, we can often build a case based on the owner’s negligence and help our clients recover monetary damages, even after the first bad behavior the dog exhibits. This usually relies on using local or county leash laws to show that the owner failed to uphold their duty of care in controlling the canine.
This is often effective when the attack occurs because the dog is running free in a neighborhood, off-leash in a local park or another public area, or not under the owner’s voice control in another area.
Timeline for Suing a Frisco, TX, Dog Owner After an Attack
Homeowners insurance often covers dog attacks and bite incidents, which could allow us to negotiate a fair insurance settlement outside of court. However, sometimes lawsuits are necessary. If we need to sue in your case, Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003 likely gives us up to two years to do so.
At Underwood Law Office, we believe it is important to have as much evidence to support your claim or case as possible. This is why we like to get started early and investigate what happened quickly. Video footage, witness testimony, and other evidence may not be as effective or available later as it is in the first weeks after an incident.
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Work with a Frisco Dog Bite Lawyer from Underwood Law Office
Underwood Law Office’s attorneys provide free case reviews and initial consultations for Texas dog bite victims and their families. If you were injured or your child suffered harm because of a dog in Frisco, we can assess your options and how we can help. Let us evaluate your rights and next steps for free today.