The Center for Disease Control estimates that some 2% of Americans suffer dog bites in any given year, so they are not as uncommon as you might think. We love dogs. We are dog lovers!
But as the saying goes, there are no bad dogs, but plenty of bad dog owners. If you have been bitten by a dog, you have certain rights and the dog owner has certain responsibilities.
If you have been bitten by a dog, you may suffer from an infection, serious scars, and emotional trauma. Very occasionally, a dog bite may be fatal. You should certainly contact a dog bite attorney in Brownsville immediately. At Villarreal Law Firm we know how to handle dog bite cases: the fact is that you could well be due for compensation, and furthermore, most household insurance policies will cover damage that animals cause to third parties.
Steps To Avoid A Dog Bite
There are certain steps that you can take in order to avoid a dog bite. If the dog is not that of a friend and knows you well, never put your hand out to stroke or pat the dog. The dog may think that you are going to attack him. Make your hand into a fist and let the dog sniff the back of your hand first. Dogs may also go for your face, but bites to hands, arms, and legs are not uncommon. When you are out in the park where dogs may run free, keep an eye out for dogs like pit bulls and rottweilers that can be vicious if they are not well-trained.
If you have been bitten by a dog, you should get your wounds treated by a medical professional first and call us as a dog bite attorney in Brownsville second. Dog bites come under the heading of personal injury, and personal injury claims can lead to compensation. Dogs are not the only animals that can attack humans, either. It is not common, but horses have very big teeth, and you certainly shouldn’t put your hands over a gate to stroke a bull!
If you have suffered a dog bite, call us as a dog bite attorney in Brownsville and make an appointment to discuss your case. We can advise whether you have a case against the dog owner for compensation for your injuries. You may well have a case, but it will depend on the facts and the law. If you cannot get into our Brownsville office, we can discuss it over the phone or on Skype, so that you can get whatever compensation may be due to you. We service all of Cameron County, from Brownsville to Harlingen to South Padre Island and nearby communities here in South Texas.