Dog Bites

Tyler, Texas Dog Bite Attorney: Get the Compensation You Deserve

Sometimes “man’s best friend” is at the root of a personal injury case. Some dogs have the propensity to bite, and these bites can cause significant injury. Dog bite victims may be able to pursue compensation for past medical bills, future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and permanent scarring among other damages. With the help of Dan Gibbins, an experienced Texas dog bite attorney, you can begin working towards compensation for the damages you have suffered.

If you were bitten or attacked by someone else’s dog, schedule a free consultation with our firm.

Dog Bites in Texas: What’s the Law?

One Bite Rule

Texas is a negligence— or a “one bite rule”—state. What does this mean? This means that you as the injured party must show that the dog’s owner knew or should have known that the subject dog had bitten another person before or otherwise had acted aggressively.

Negligence

Unlike the “one bite rule”, the victim does not have to prove that the dog has bitten before or that the owner knew about the dog’s vicious tendencies. If the dog owner was negligent by failing to use reasonable care to control/maintain their pet or prevent an attack, the injured party may have a valid claim. In summary, a victim would only need to prove the owner was negligent in handling the dog. We can analyze the specific facts of the case, including the dog’s past behavior and the owner’s prior actions. 

To file a claim based on negligence, the victim must be able to prove that:

    1. The defendant owned or was in control of the dog;
    2. The defendant had a responsibility to prevent the attack;
    3. The defendant was negligent or breached their duty of care; and
    4. The defendant’s breach caused the victim’s injuries.

Injured Children

Unfortunately, a significant number of dog bite victims are children. To anyone, but especially children, dog bites can be traumatizing and result in permanent physical and psychological damages. Gibbins Law can help you seek compensation for your child for therapy/counseling, past bills, future bills, pain, mental anguish, and suffering. 

If you have sustained injuries due to a dog bite, we can negotiate with the dog owner’s insurance company on your behalf and fight for you. Don’t let improper representation add misfortune to your unfortunate injury. Speak to Gibbins Law today and get the representation you deserve.