Dog Bite Injuries and Liability

Dallas Dog Bite Injury Attorneys Help You Understand Your Rights

A 2020 pet ownership statistics by AVMA revealed that about 43.4% of Texas households own a dog. While most dogs have a calm temperament, they can attack a family member, neighbor, friend, or passerby when irritated. Dog bites can be painful and terrifying, leaving victims with minor or severe injuries or even death.

Dog owners may be held responsible for the injuries a dog inflicts on others. Texas has strict laws that place the liability on the dog keeper or owner, who is required to pay for the pain and suffering, hospital bills, lost wages, and more.

If you are a dog bite victim, you will need an experienced lawyer from Thompson Law to claim your deserved damages. We are a family-run firm pursuing justice for our clients in Texas. Feel free to reach out to us today for a free and confidential case review.

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Effects of a Dog Bite

If a dog bite penetrates a victim’s skin, germs can quickly get into the wound depending on the bacteria or germs in a dog’s canines. Even the slightest attack may lead to long term effects, as discussed below:

Disfigurement and Scarring

In most cases, a dog bite inflicts permanent scars or disfigurements. Even worse, it may cause severe injuries that affect your inner body parts beneath the skin. Children are the most affected; thus, dogs attack them in visible areas like the face. Victims may require skin grafting, surgeries, or stitches to reduce the extent of disfigurements. Sadly, some of the injuries might be a permanent reminder of the attack.

Psychological Effects

Dog bite victims also suffer from psychological effects that may last for a considerable time. Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the most common. Additionally, you may have other symptoms such as depression, fear, stress, trouble sleeping, severe anxiety, and flashbacks.

Other victims can develop a phobia for dogs, especially young children. It may lead to emotional distress, outbursts, nightmares, regressions, anxiety, and mood swings in the long term.


Whenever you have a dog bite, it is essential to see a doctor immediately. The longer you wait, the higher the chances of wound infections. Over time you may experience some of these symptoms:

  • Swelling around the wound
  • Fever
  • Pus from the wound
  • Pain for long hours

At Thompson Law, we have handled various cases, and we do not receive a dime until we win the case. Notably, we won 13 out of the top 100 settlements in Texas in 2019. We are available 24/7 to help you out; thus, feel free to call us.

Who is Responsible for the Dog Bite Injuries?

Texas adheres to the one-bite rule. It means the pet keeper or owner should be liable for any harm the animal inflicts on a victim. It is expected that the owner has a certain degree of knowledge that the pet is vicious or dangerous. For instance, a prudent, responsible person would not allow their dog to stray into a children’s playground.

Further, the injured party can recover compensation for the injuries if the dog has ever bitten another person before. If both of these circumstances hold, the victim can have a valid case against the responsible party.

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We provide dog bite victims with dedicated and tenacious legal representation, ensuring that you get fair value for your claim. Our Dallas personal injury lawyers will build a strong case with supporting evidence so that you recover the money that you deserve.

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How Can You Prove a Dog Bite Injury

One of the most challenging tasks in a dog bite case is proving the likelihood of the animal biting someone when there is no previous reported case. You may be fortunate enough if there was a similar incident reported in the neighborhood or the dog is an aggressive breed. You also need to demonstrate that the dog was aggressive and can easily bite others when loose. However, the loving or peaceful behavior of the dog can quickly negate this argument. This way, the owner can develop a valid argument.

No matter how complex this process may seem, you can rely on experienced attorneys from Thompson Law in Texas. You can get a lawyer in 15 minutes for a free consultation to develop a strong case.

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What Is Negligence in Dog Bites

Usually, negligence refers to a lack of ordinary care in preventing a dog from biting others. The keeper or owner has the responsibility of restraining the dog. To prove negligence in Texas, the plaintiff must have evidence that the defendant owns the dog that attacked them. Additionally, the complainant needs to show that the owner did not show a standard of care in preventing the dog from attacking.

How Long Should You Take to File a Dog Bite Claim?

Once the statute of limitation in Texas expires, you no longer have the right to get compensated by the careless or negligent pet owner. Therefore, make sure you file a lawsuit within two years from the attack day to get compensation.

What to Do After a Dog Bite

You also need to record the dog owner’s address, name, and the breed’s animal. If any persons saw the attack, take their contacts since they may be crucial witnesses. Additionally, remember to take photos of the injuries the dog inflicted on you. Do not forget to report to the police or animal control about the circumstance that led to the attack.

Contact Our Dog Bite Injury Lawyers Today for a Free Case Review

If you are a victim of a dog bite that inflicted minor or severe injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Get a free case review from Thompson Law Injury lawyers for listings. We have a proven record of winning over $1.8 billion for our clients; thus, we are the best team of lawyers in Texas. For more details on how our attorneys can assist you, make sure you reach out to our bilingual legal experts.

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Thompson Law offers free case reviews to every potential client so we can help you determine the best legal approach to pursue. We receive no attorney fees and you pay no legal expenses unless you get compensated for your accident.

Thompson Law’s personal injury lawyers and their legal teams treat every client with respect, empathy, and compassion. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach, as every case is unique and different. Our firm won 15 of the top 50 settlements in Texas in 2021, as well as the 2nd and 3rd largest personal injury settlements in the State. We can help you, too.

State law limits the time to file a claim following a personal injury accident. If you have been injured, call now for the help you need.