A vast majority of Americans are animal lovers. In fact, an estimated 71 million homes in America include at least one pet. The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association indicates Americans own 88 million cats, 75 million dogs, 24 million small animals, 14 million horses, and 13 million reptiles. Looking at these numbers, it is not surprising that animal attacks frequently occur. Pet owners are responsible for ensuring their furry friends are properly trained and not aggressive towards humans or other animals. In the event a pet bites another person, the pet owner may be held liable for any injuries occurred. Dog bites are the most common type of animal attack, with about 4.7 million people sustaining mild to severe dog bites each year. Unfortunately, many dog bite victims are children, making these types of cases even more appalling.
At Shamieh Law, we understand how animal attacks can seriously affect your future. If you or someone you love has been injured in any type of animal attack, we encourage you to contact our law firm today. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. The experienced attorneys at Shamieh Law have been incredibly successful in recovering financial compensation for victims of dog bites throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Lake Charles, Louisiana. We are prepared to fight for you.
ESTABLISHING NEGLIGENCE IN A DOG BITE LAWSUIT
One of the most difficult aspects of any dog bite case is determining if the owner was negligent. For a dog bite case to be won at trial, we must convince a jury that the pet owner knew or should have known that his or her dog was aggressive, and the owner failed to use reasonable care in preventing the animal from injuring others. This is not an easy task since negligence is a subjective standard and jurors sometimes have different opinions as to what is and is not negligence. However, the attorneys at Shamieh Law have years of experience convincing juries to understand the definition of negligence and awarding our clients the compensation they deserve. There are many circumstances that may lead to a dog bite injury lawsuit, like if the owner of a violent dog allows the animal to roam freely around the neighborhood. Another example would be if an owner is unable to control the dog and then the dog causes injury by knocking someone down or biting them.
Texas adheres to the “one bite rule,” which means that the following must be done for damages to be awarded:
- Prove that the dog owner knew or should have known that the dog had a past history of aggressive behavior
- Prove that the dog owner knew or should have known the dog has bitten or attacked someone in the past
- Prove that the dog owner was negligent in controlling the dog
- Prove that the dog owner’s negligence directly led to the victim’s injuries
Dog bite injuries can be very serious and result in expensive medical bills, emotional and physical scarring that require years of rehabilitation. If you have been involved in an animal attack in Dallas, Texas or Lake Charles, Louisiana, please contact Shamieh Law today and schedule a free consultation.