When man’s best friend turns on you, you have a specific legal right to be compensated. The personal injury lawyers at Nguyen & Chen are also the dog bite attorneys in Houston you want on your side.
Compensation For Injuries In Dog Bite Cases
Whether you have been bitten or attacked by a dog or been cornered by one who caused you emotional distress, Texas state law ensures that you receive compensation. Dog bites often occur as a result of negligence by their owners, even if that person did not intend to harm you. As a result, the law dictates that you receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses if you have been bitten
- Pain and suffering if you have been traumatized
- Cosmetic surgery to remedy scarring
The same laws also protect your pets, if another dog has injured or killed them.
Houston Dog Bite Lawyers In A “One Bite” State
Many states have dog bite laws that hold the owner liable for bites in any circumstance, but Texas is considered a “one bite” state. Historically, this has meant that the owner would be liable only if he had reason to know that the dog might bite, perhaps after he had bitten someone else. Technically, if the dog bit someone, that would put the order on notice that the dog was dangerous. In modern days, to claim damages after a dog bite, someone who was injured would need to show that:
- The dog owner knew that the pet had bitten someone before or acted aggressively toward others.
- The owner was negligent in failing to control the dog so as to prevent bites from occurring.
- The victim was not trespassing when the dog bite occurred.
If you have been bitten, attacked, knocked down, or otherwise injured by a dog, the dog bite attorneys at Nguyen & Chen will strive to establish negligence so that you can receive compensation for injuries that you received. In Texas, you only have two years after an incident to file complaints in dog bite cases, so it is in your best interest to contact us as soon as the incident occurs.