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South Texas Dog Bite – Animal Attack Lawyer

South Texas Dog Bite – Animal Attack Lawyer

Much of the law involving animal attacks and dog bites is surprisingly similar throughout the United States. There are some important but nuanced differences, as well, among the states. But most are like Texas in holding domestic pet owners fully responsible for injuries caused by their animals.personal injury law

Victims of an animal attack or dog bite usually have a claim against the owner. Our office has represented many clients with terrible injuries, involving serious bites and even catastrophic mauling. Larger animals, especially certain dog breeds, even cause bone fractures as a result of their crushing jaw power. The extent to which these injuries cause extreme pain and scarring, including disfigurement, cannot be understated. Most victims sustain severe emotional trauma that never fully heals.

Successful representation of animal attack claims

Most animal attack claims are against the homeowner’s insurance policy of the person who controls the vicious animal. And statistics bear out what is seen in our practice, that nearly 80 percent of biting dogs belong to a family member or friend of the dog owner. Moreover, about half of vicious dog bites take place on the dog owner’s property.

Sometimes it can be difficult to specifically identify the owner of the animal. This puts a premium on time – you must quickly find the animal and clarify ownership of it. At the same time, it is vital that all evidence be preserved, especially the names of witnesses. Photographs and video of the scene, and certainly of the fresh injuries, must be recorded. The police report, animal control records and medical records must all be obtained.

As a general rule, plastic surgery is required. For adults it is often one or two years post-trauma before a surgeon can evaluate the scope or projected success of scar revision procedure. Children, because they are developing, often need about ten years before scar revision can be considered. In the meantime, they must go through their most delicate, self-conscious years while disfigured.

The most dangerous dogs

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta has ranked the most dangerous dog breeds in the order of the number of serious maimings caused by them:

Pit Bull
Rottweiler
German Shepherd
Husky
Alaskan Malamute
Doberman Pincher
Chow Chow
Great Dane
St. Bernard
Akita

These breeds are responsible for a disproportionate number of the dog bite victims each year in the United States. Some insurance companies will not even issue homeowners coverage for families with one of these dogs. They know that the actuarial risk is simply too great.

Although fatal injuries are rare, the states of Texas, Georgia and Tennessee lead in the number of deaths caused by dogs. Various theories have been suggested to explain this.

Children are often the victims

It is particularly sad that many victims of animal attack, especially of dogs, are children. For them, getting bitten by a dog is the 5th most frequent cause of emergency visits. The median age of child dog bite victims is 15 years; boys age 5 to 9 have the highest incidence rate. dog - animal attack lawyers

Children often have difficulty gauging a dog’s capacity for abrupt violence. Many kids have never been properly trained in how to approach a strange pet. And because children often have their heads closer to the proximity of an animal’s jaws, many of the injuries suffered by children involve their faces. In fact, 77 percent of the time the face is the dog’s target, especially the lips, nose and cheeks.
Many dog bites could have been prevented with better supervision of the animal. Texas law makes the owners and keepers of dogs strictly liable for any injuries caused by their pets. This means that fault does not even have to be shown – just ownership and control.

We have represented many animal attack victims, over nearly 30 years, in the South Texas area. Most of these claims have involved significant losses:

Ambulance and hospital expenses
Medical expenses including specialist physicians
Orthopedic care
Extensive debridement, skin grafting and cosmetic procedures
Plastic surgery revision
Disfigurement
Psychological care and emotional counseling
Medication expenses
Lost school days or lost wages

There are nearly 5 million animal attacks on humans, every year, in the United States. This is sad an unnecessary. And many of the owners of these animals never do assume responsibility for the harm they have allowed to take place.

In nearly every case we have handled, there has been significant emotional trauma on the part of the victim – deep and long-lasting upset. This is true irrespective of whether they have been an adult or a child. More information on this website

What Can a Car Accident Attorney do for You

What Can a Car Accident Attorney do for You

Welcome to our car accident information and traffic law site. A car accident attorney from our law firm will help you through the complex maze of medical and legal issues that arise from car accidents and traffic collisions. Auto accidents and other motor vehicle accidents are covered under a complex umbrella of personal injury negligence and liability laws designed to prevent harm and compensate victims of traffic accidents for personal injuries sustained.Personal Injury law

Car accident claims are managed under general negligence theory of state law. Liability laws presume that everyone in society has a duty to use reasonable care in their actions so as not to cause harm or injuries to others. If someone (defendant) breaches that duty of due care by acting in an unreasonable, unsafe manner, thereby causing damage to another (plaintiff), the defendant will be responsible for all injuries and damages, both economic and non-economic, suffered by plaintiff.

In a hypothetical, though typical, example of a roadway accident, if a negligent driver (defendant) was driving over the speed limit, or driving too fast (unsafe) for conditions ( as a rainy, slippery roadway) and he loses control of his automobile and hits a fence, then hits another vehicle and driver (plaintiff), the defendant would be liable for all property damage caused, including auto body damage as well as damage to the fence. Defendant will also be liable for all personal injuries suffered by the plaintiff driver and any plaintiff passengers in either vehicle. The defendant would be liable for medical bills, any loss of wages, and pain and suffering of plaintiffs, among other damages.

In Texas, auto insurance is mandatory. However, the fact is that more than 25% of all drivers in Texas are uninsured motorists. In the event that you are involved in a car accident with an underinsured or uninsured motorist, your own auto liability policy may pay for your personal injuries and other compensatory damages under your underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage. Please consult with one of our car accident lawyers regarding the specifics of your auto accident case for more details.personal injuries

While most car accidents and “fender benders” are caused unintentionally by mere negligence and momentary lack of attention, some are caused by seriously wanton and reckless behavior, such as high speed reckless driving or drunk driving, or “driving under the influence.” Such reckless conduct is not only negligent, but criminal. Over 60% of serious injury motor vehicle accidents are alcohol related. Nearly 40% of traffic fatalities, wrongful death car accidents are caused by drunk drivers. Additional laws state wrongful death victims may be entitled to loss of economic support as well compensation for loss of moral support, companionship, or spousal consortium. Please consult with one of our car accident attorneys regarding your specific circumstances.

Every motor vehicle accident is different. Every set of damages, injuries and losses is unique. Please call a personal injury lawyer from our firm for a free consultation regarding your car accident. A personal injury attorney will advise you meticulously with regard to every aspect of your personal injury case. We look forward to assisting you and working with you.

Texas Motorcycle Accident Attorneys – Personal Injury Law

Texas Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Texas motorcycle accident attorneys are experts in this specialized area of the law. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable on our roadways for a variety of reasons. Texas has one of the lowest ratios of motorcycles to cars. Therefore, drivers are less accustom to looking for them on the road than in other cities. This is especially hazardous because the rider is so exposed and prone to injury if an accident does occur. Unfortunately, these types of collisions can often result in fatalities. We have decades of experience representing clients who have been the victims of these terrible events. Call us today to speak to one of our Texas motorcycle accident attorneys.motorcycle accident attorneys

Texas motorcycle accident attorneys can help guide you through the often complex legal environment. At Texas Personal Injury Accident Attorneys, our primary goal is protecting our client’s rights. We will meet with you personally, free of charge, to evaluate your case and decide the best course of action moving forward. Because our roadways have become so congested over the past few years, accidents of all types have increased dramatically. From the years 2003 to 2004, fatalities of Texas’s roadways increased over a hundred percent. We urge anyone who has been injured, or has property damaged in a collision to seek legal representation. Call to speak to one of our Texas motorcycle accident attorneys.

Texas Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Protect your Rights

Texas motorcycle accident attorneys protect your legal rights. According to statistics, collisions with other motorists account for over sixty percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents. A quarter of fatal cases are the result of a collision with a fixed object. Even though Texas does require helmets for riding, a significant number of fatal cases are because the person was not wearing the helmet. Over the years, fatal motorcycle accidents have steadily increased, leading to concern among riders. A motorcycle rider is four times more likely to be killed in a collision than a person in a car. We are highly experienced representing these types of cases, and getting results for our clients. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Texas motorcycle accident attorneys.

Highly Experienced Texas Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Texas motorcycle accident attorneys fight for you after you have been injured. Over the years, with the growing population in the valley, there are more and more motorcycle riders on our roadways. This will inevitably lead to more collisions, more injuries, and sadly, more fatalities. There was a failed provision that went before the Texas state legislature that would have repealed our helmet laws. After expert testimony convinced the congress people that helmet usage dramatically reduced the chances of serious injury or death, the bill was voted down. We are the local leaders handling these types of cases. Call to speak to one of our Texas motorcycle accident attorneys. More information on this website