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Dogs are considered man’s best friend. And while most dogs are warm, loving companions, there are many that bite people without provocation. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there are 4.7 million people bitten by dogs each year. Around 800,000 people required medical care. And in some cases, someone can be mauled to death without provocation. If you or someone you love suffered a dog bite injury in San Antonio or the surrounding areas, schedule a free consultation with the experienced personal injury attorneys with The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC. We’re here to help.
While nothing can take away the scars or the psychological trauma that you experienced, the Texas Supreme Court held in 1974 that Section 509 of the Restatement of Torts is also applied to dog bites. So, what does this mean for you?
It means that for you to successfully sue someone because of a dog bite injury, you must show that:
If you can show that the dog is “vicious, dangerous, or mischievous,” strict liability will then apply. Strict liability means that the dog’s owner can be liable even if you cannot prove that they failed in reasonable control or restraint of their dog.
Remember that a dog bite injury falls under the Restatement of Torts. So, it’s considered a personal injury claim. In Texas, victims of personal injury are given a legal deadline by which they must file their claim. This deadline is two years from the date of the dog bite. If your claim isn’t filed by this deadline, you will not be able to file it. If you or someone you love suffered from a dog bite injury in San Antonio, schedule a free consultation with The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC.
Dog bite injury victims may be entitled to compensation. Examples of what you may be able to recover include:
It can be difficult for dog bite injury victims to manage their own claims, between dealing with the dog owner and their potential homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. The Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC’s San Antonio dog bite injury attorneys are here to help. Schedule your free initial consultation and put our two decades of experience to work for you.
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