Being attacked by a dog is a traumatizing event that can result in serious and lasting personal injuries. What's worse is that many dog-bite victims become the victims twice by failing to hire an attorney with the necessary experience to help. Finding the dog owner and getting the dog owner to accept responsibility can be extremely difficult. If you've been attacked by a dog, Alford & Clark is here for you, and has the experience necessary to help you recover.
Alford & Clark is also a full-service firm that prides itself on client satisfaction. When you hire us, we take care of all the headaches from your case - both big and small. We help find the proper defendant, help you get the medical care you need, and help you move on with your life. Call us now for a free consultation to learn what we can do for you.
Dog owners will often hide their insurance policies. Even if you're able to locate the insurance policy, the insurance company will use every trick in the book to minimize your claim or to deny it outright. When you take on an evasive dog owner and a sophisticated insurance company, you need to make them take you seriously. You need Alford & Clark in your corner. Call us now for a free, confidential consultation.Our dog bite attorneys are on call – 24/7 – and are happy to answer any questions absolutely free of charge. If you decide to hire us, you will never pay us out of your own pocket. Our attorney fee is only a percentage of case winnings, so there is zero risk to you. If we don't win, no matter how much we spent fighting on your behalf, you will never owe us a dime. We only get paid when we win your case.
Dog bites in Texas are more common than you would like to think.
According to recent statistics, dog bites and other dog-related injuries comprised over one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claim dollars paid out in 2015, costing the insurance companies more than $570 million. There are over 15,000 dog bite claims made per year, and the average cost per claim has continued to rise year after year.
Alford & Clark can litigate your Texas dog bite case.
The law controlling your dog bite injury case will depend entirely on the facts unique to your case.
If you can prove the dog was vicious and abnormally dangerous, you can hold its owner strictly liable. For strict liability, when the owner knows that their dog is abnormally dangerous and vicious, they are responsible for any harm the dog does, no matter what efforts they went to to prevent the dog from doing harm.
While an owner of a vicious animal can be strictly liable for harm, the owner of a non-vicious animal can still be subject to liability for his negligent handling of the animal. Dog owners have a duty under the law to exercise reasonable care to prevent their animals from injuring other people. That duty requires them to be aware of circumstances that might cause even a normally gentle animal to attack other animals or people – like when a dog is protecting her puppies. In this kind of lawsuit for the negligent handling of an animal, you do not have to prove that the dog was vicious or abnormally dangerous.
After you have been injured, you will have to prove that the dog owner failed to exercise the amount of care that a reasonably prudent person would have used in handling the animal. Dog owners can be held liable, for example, if they fail to keep a dog restrained or leashed despite a municipal ordinance requiring them to do so or if they leave a dog tethered to the front of a house despite knowing that it made the dog behave aggressively. The success or failure of your case will depend on whether you can prove that the dog owner's actions caused your injuries and that the attack was foreseeable. To make this showing, you will likely need the services of experienced dog bite lawyers and perhaps even animal behavior experts.
Alternatively, you may be able to file suit if the dog owner's violation of a statute caused your injuries. For example, if your city or county has a leash law requiring the restraint of dogs your attorney can instead prove that the violation of the statute caused the injury. Alford & Clark, unlike most attorneys, will dig into the municipal codes to help you fight your dog bite case.
What can we recover after suffering a dog bite injury?
The types of damages that can be awarded for dog bite injuries include the following:
Loss of earning capacity.
Loss of consortium.
Loss of services.
What can we recover after suffering a dog bite injury?
In general, there is a two-year statute of limitations to bring a case based on the negligent handling of an animal. However, there may be exceptions to the general rule that shorten the time you have to bring a case. You should contact the attorneys at Alford & Clark immediately to avoid the risk that you will miss the deadline and be forever barred from recovering for your injuries.
The Texas trial attorneys at Alford & Clark PLLC have their primary office in San Antonio, Texas but are proud to serve the following areas: San Antonio, Sugar Land, Baytown, McKinney, Spring, Pharr, Brownsville, Pearland, College Station, Rowlett, Killeen, Longview, Amarillo, Wichita Falls, DeSoto, Temple, Austin, Victoria, League City, Carrollton, Flower Mound, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Round Rock, Lubbock, Pasadena, McAllen, Missouri City, Irving, Tyler, Houston, Odessa, Plano, Harlingen, Allen, Denton, Garland, Lewisville, Bryan, Waco,Edinburg, Grand Prairie, North Richland Hills, Cedar Park, Abilene, Arlington, San Marcos, Mission, Fort Worth, Galveston, Grapevine, Corpus Christi, Atascocita, Frisco, El Paso, Pflugerville, Conroe, The Woodlands, Midland, Dallas, Richardson, Mesquite, New Braunfels, San Angelo, Laredo, Mansfield, Euless, and Georgetown. The trial lawyers at Alford & Clark PLLC will also accept cases of serious personal injury and wrongful death outside of these cities.