A Plano dog bite lawyer from Underwood Law Office can help you pursue justice if you or a loved one suffered injuries in a dog attack. We represent dog bite victims in Collin and Denton counties, and we can work to hold the dog’s owner legally responsible.
We provide free initial consultations so we can explain your options for seeking compensation.
Dog Bite Injuries Frequently Require Significant Medical Care
While some dog bite injuries are relatively minor or moderate, serious injuries can take weeks or months to heal. Some people never fully recover. Because of the high risk of infection, all victims should see a doctor as soon as possible for diagnosis and proper cleaning of the wounds. Antibiotics may be prescribed.
Some injuries that can occur in these cases include:
- Broken bones
- Puncture wounds
- Torn skin and soft tissues
- Scarring and disfigurement
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Plano, call (972) 535-6377
Potential Compensation for a Dog Bite Case in Plano
Our attorneys analyze each client’s case individually to gather documentation of their losses. This allows us to determine fair compensation before we begin negotiations with the insurance companies. Damages in these cases may include:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses, including plastic surgery for scarring
- Related psychiatric therapy and care
- Lost wages and other income
- Reduced earning capacity for those who cannot return to work
- Property damages related to the attack
- Pain and suffering
- Other intangible damages
We can also pursue wrongful death damages for immediate family members and other heirs.
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Attorneys from Underwood Law Office Advocate for Personal Injury Victims
At Underwood Law Office, our Plano personal injury lawyers have worked on behalf of injured clients since 1997. We take the necessary steps to seek justice, pursue compensation, and help our clients get their lives back. While we cannot undo the damage that occurred, we can handle your case while you rest and recover.
We work on contingency, so we do not charge our clients upfront fees to start a case. We only collect our payment from your potential compensation.
You can learn more about our services and what previous clients thought about our team by checking our case results and reading online reviews.
Holding a Dog’s Owner Legally Liable for a Bite in Plano
Unfortunately, Texas does not have a dog bite statute that allows victims to hold the owner strictly responsible for any damage caused. Instead, it has a “one-bite rule.” Our attorneys at Underwood Law Office have to use one of two other negligence laws to hold the owner legally liable. This includes:
A Dog’s Owner Is Strictly Liable If the Dog Has a History of Vicious Behavior
Under Texas Health and Safety Code § 822, a dog that has a history of acting in certain threatening or harmful ways is ruled a “vicious” dog. To prove this, we must show that the dog fits this description, the owner is aware of it, the dog attacked our client, and the dog was not provoked.
A Dog’s Owner May Be Liable Because of Their Own Negligence
Aside from Texas’ “one-bite rule,” county ordinances may also apply to dog owners. According to Collin County Magazine, Plano has a leash law that requires dogs to be under the owners’ control and on some type of tether at all times unless they are confined to the owner’s property. As you can imagine, dog attacks are unlikely when the dog is properly controlled.
We can help prove the dog’s owner failed to prevent an attack. We can demonstrate their negligence by arguing that:
- The dog’s owner had a duty of care, generally to follow the Plano leash laws.
- They breached this duty of care, allowing the dog to roam free.
- The attack occurred because the dog was not under the owner’s control.
- You suffered injuries and financial losses.
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What Is the Deadline for Suing a Dog’s Owner in Plano, Texas?
We may resolve your case without taking legal action. We can file an insurance claim based on the owner’s homeowners insurance or another policy and negotiate for a fair settlement.
However, if the dog owner lacks insurance or we do not receive a fair offer, our attorneys can sue the dog’s owner or another liable party for compensation. We have up to two years from the date of the attack to do this in most cases, according to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003.
This deadline also applies to wrongful death suits.
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You should not have to take on the financial burdens created after a dog bite. Instead, the dog’s owner should be held responsible.
You can reach out to Underwood Law Office to discuss your case and options for compensation. We provide these free consultations so victims can learn about their rights and how we can help them move forward with their lives. We are here for you today. Connect with a member of our Plano team to get started.