Dog attacks can be an extremely frightening and painful experience, especially when you are on the receiving end of the aggressive actions.
Your finances may take quite a hit due to treatment expenses like medication, physiotherapy, cosmetic surgery, and in some cases psychological therapy. Furthermore, your injuries may make you unable to work for an extended period of time as you recover.
Although the owner of the dog is legally obligated to provide financial compensation for your injuries, it is exceedingly rare for the responsible party to step forward without a court order. Luckily, you can secure legal representation from an expert personal injury lawyer to successfully present the case to the court and receive fair compensation for acute and chronic injuries caused by the dog attack.
Common Dog Bite Injuries & Complications
Dogs have sharp teeth and strong jaws that quickly tear the flesh in irregular patterns. As a result, dog bites often require skin grafts and odd stitching patterns, which may drastically extend your healing time and pain during recovery. Furthermore, large dogs can even snap your tendons, ligaments and bones with their powerful jaws.
Despite common belief, dogs carry loads of bacteria in their mouths that often lead to infection and potentially sceptic shock, after their teeth break your skin. Dog bites often sever nerves in the injured area, causing symptoms that may even last for life. Lacerations to sensory or internal organs can cause serious lasting damage or even death.
After a severe attack, you may have spent a long time in the hospital or rehab centre in hopes of recovering without lifelong disabilities. Even if you did recover completely, the scars may result in permanent disfigurement that affects your quality of life.
It is completely natural to feel anxious or fearful after being attacked by a dog. After all, canine attacks frequently come out of nowhere and with seemingly little warning. As with many attacks, the dog may have suddenly leaped out from behind a fence or lunged at you while walking by on the side walk. As a result, some victims develop a strong fear of dogs that can be hard to overcome.
The high stress nature of an attack may also cause post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, symptoms to develop. If you develop PTSD, you may suffer from distressing nightmares, situational avoidance and a high startle response. The risk of developing chronic depression or anxiety related to the attack, injuries or scars is also quite high.
Mental and physical injuries caused by dog bites often result in the need for extensive medical care. The cost of cosmetic surgical care, rehab centre stays, mental health treatment and physical therapy can quickly add up to a staggering amount. Furthermore, your bills likely piled up as you spent time off work recovering.
Even more upsetting, you may have developed disabilities that prevent you from going back to work and completing your normal job duties. After a dog attack, you may feel like the financial problems will never end.
Pursuing Your Case & Getting Compensation
Thankfully, you can seek help from a dog bite lawyer to obtain compensation to cover all of the medical bills and lost wages. Furthermore, you have the right to seek compensation for pain and suffering. To start the case, your lawyer will gather information about the attack at a free consultation meeting at the hospital, rehab centre, our offices or your home.
Your lawyer may need to utilize medical reports, witness statements and prior incident records to fully recreate the events leading up to the attack for the courts. All of the information you provide is used to build a solid case against the dog owners to prove fault and assign responsibility for the financial repercussions.
Since statutes of limitations apply to personal injury cases, like dog attacks, it is important that you contact a law firm soon after the incident occurs. Your lawyer will help you deal with the court proceedings without affecting your recovery. You can lean on us for emotional support before, during and after each step in the case creation and presentation process.
Your physical and mental health are always put first to continually facilitate a full recovery from the attack. Upon completion of the case, compensation received through the court will cover your past and future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering experienced from the attack and subsequent recovery.
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Finding Personal Injury Lawyers Texas Residents Can Trust
When it comes to locating reputable personal injury lawyers in Texas, residents should know the proper questions to ask. Most personal injury attorneys handle cases on a contingency basis, so it is worth taking the time to find an experienced law professional.
Question #1: What types of cases does the attorney usually accept?
Some attorneys maintain a general practice and work on a variety of cases, including personal injury, bankruptcy, worker’s compensation and immigration. Clients will receive the best advice if they choose an attorney who handles only personal injury lawsuits.
Question #2: How long has the attorney been practicing personal injury law?
Most attorneys, charge a contingency fee, which is a percentage of the damages awarded to the client. This means attorneys do not base their fees on experience and clients will pay the same amount, regardless of how long the attorney has been practicing. However, a more experienced lawyer may be able to negotiate a higher settlement, so the number of years in business is an important factor to consider. Question #3: Will the attorney be willing to try the lawsuit in court, if necessary?
Some lawyers tend to settle every case out of court and if negotiations fail, they refer the case to another attorney to handle the trial in court. To receive the maximum compensation, the insurance company must believe the lawyer will go to court rather than agree to a lower settlement. So-called clearinghouse attorneys accept large numbers of cases so they can settle quickly or refer the client to another attorney if they cannot negotiate a satisfactory settlement. These attorneys collect a referral fee and are more interested in a quick turnover than fighting for the client’s right to fair compensation.
Question #4: What is the attorney’s track record for negotiating settlements or receiving positive verdicts in case trials?
The client will do better with an attorney who has a long list of successful outcomes. Insurance company representatives are familiar with the personal injury lawyers Texas residents hire and they know who has a good track record for defending personal injury cases and who is less likely to reach a positive verdict for a client. This information allows insurance companies to assess their risk. Most insurance adjusters will research the lawyer representing the plaintiff, so they can anticipate the likely outcome. If the lawyer has a great track record, the insurance company is less likely to want to take the case to court and will negotiate a fair settlement instead. More information
Automobile accidents are the most common type of personal injury claim. There are probably more automobile accident claims than all other types of personal injury claims combined. If you have been injured or a family member has been killed as a result of the fault or neglect of another, you have a legal right to recover damages for your injuries and losses. The more serious your injuries or the more complicated your case, the more likely an attorney will be of benefit to you. The Attorney knows how insurance companies work and think in resolving automobile claims. He brings that knowledge and experience to bear solely for the benefit of people like you.
Many people forget about other claims related to the fact that an automobile collision has occurred, such as claims for uninsured or underinsured insurance benefits, claims against a wrongdoer’s employer or even, in some cases, claims against automobile manufacturers or highway designers. In many personal injury claims, other issues may arise. Do health care providers, insurance companies, workers compensation insurers, or government entitlement programs such as Medicare or Medicaid have to be repaid for benefits that you may have received? How long should you keep your totaled vehicle or wait to repair any damage after the accident? What settlement documents will you have to sign and are they fair? Insurance companies hire only experienced claims adjusters and lawyers. Is the playing field level if you do not have an experienced professional on your team?