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dog bites, San Jose personal injury attorneyTexas insurance companies paid over $10 million to resolve dog bite claims with an average value of over $16,000 per claim, according to a recent survey.

Across the country, about a third of homeowners’ insurance claims arise from dog bites. Researchers speculate that the high numbers are because about two-thirds of American households have at least one pet. Furthermore, jury verdicts tend to be high in these cases, meaning that the settlement values are high as well. The “dog bite” category also includes non-bite injuries, like those the result from animal-caused falls and serious knockdowns.

California and Ohio have the highest number of claims; insurance companies in New York and Michigan pay the most money per claim. 

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dog bites, animal attacks, New Braunfels personal injury lawyerAn unknown street vigilante has apparently taken the law into his or her own hands near Lackland Air Force Base in southwest San Antonio in a bloody campaign against dog bites and the owners that cause them.

At least two unattended dogs were the victims of a machete or large knife attack. One was rescued and transported to an animal hospital; it died after several days of treatment. The other victim is still wandering the streets with a serious injury to its neck or head; neighbors are working to try and locate and save the animal. Meanwhile, police have stepped up patrols in the area and investigators are working to find the person, or persons, behind the attacks.

Local resident Karen Lucchesi admitted that animal attacks were “a problem” in the neighborhood, but insisted that the dogs deserved justice for what happened to them.

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RigersAccording to the CDC, around 800,000 Americans seek medical attention each year because of dog attacks. See Center for Disease Control, Dog Bite: Fact Sheet. While it is true that most dogs do not are a danger to people, it is also true that dogs can cause serious bodily injury, especially to those most vulnerable, like children and the elderly. Most of these accidents can be avoided if dog owners exercise proper pet care. Texas ranks in the top ten states in the Nation for dog bite victims. In addition to legislation specifically prohibiting municipalities from enacting legislation that targets specific breeds, until recently, Texas effectively gave one free pass to negligent dog owners who placed others at risk with their carelessness. Also known as the “One Bite Rule”, it shielded owners  from liability for injury-inflicting dogs for the first occurrence of a dog attack. However, horrific stories across Texas and elsewhere, forced Texas legislators to enact laws protecting innocent victims. The Texas dog bite statute imposes liability on dog owners when a person:

  • with criminal negligence fails to secure the dog and the dog makes an unprovoked attack on another person, that occurs at a location other than the owners’ real property or in or on the owner’s motor vehicle or boat and that causes serious bodily injury or death to the other person, or
  •  knows the dog is a dangerous dog by learning that the person is the owner of a dangerous dog, and the dangerous dog makes an unprovoked attack on another person that occurs at a location other than a secure enclosure in which the dog is restrained and that causes serious bodily injury or death to the other person. TX Health & S 822.005.

The same law also gives owners certain defenses against prosecution. However, personal injury attorneys experienced in dog bite law are well versed both in the statutory requirements and other legal basis to bring an action for injuries related to dog bites. At the Bettersworth Law Firm we have extensive experience with dog bite cases, and we are committed to providing each case the professionalism and attention it deserves.

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Within a week, Texas saw multiple injuries as there was at least one car crash where three people got hurt, and an elderly man also got attacked by pitbulls while he was mowing his lawn. The Dallas Morning news reported stories about both the crash and the dog attack. The car crash that injured three people took place when a car drove the wrong way on an Airport Freeway flyover ramp and hit a pickup truck. According to Irving police, the school security vehicle was headed west when it was hit head-on by the car going wrong way on the one-lane ramp. Both drivers and a passenger in the wrong-way vehicle were taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, and their injuries were thought to be life-threatening, said police spokesman John Argumaniz. The other accident, two dogs attacking an elderly man took place in Oak Cliff. Leslie Wilson, 73, was mowing the grass in an alley between two houses when he got attacked by his neighbor's two pit bulls. The dogs bit Wilson's arms, legs, face, and head. Wilson got away when a neighbor came to his rescue and helped him escape. He was taken to Methodist Dallas Medical Center, and his condition is unknown. The dogs were taken into custody of Dallas Animal Control. Their fate is also unclear. In both of these cases there are clear victims, who got injured. If you or a loved one have fallen victim to a similar accident, you might be eligible for compensation. A skilled injury attorney can determine if you should receive compensation for your ordeal and help you through it. Contact an expert New Braunfels injury attorney today.

Posted on in Dog Bites
The warm days of summer mean more time spent outdoors for families, children, and their canine companions. Unfortunately, a lovely day can quickly take an ugly turn when people, and especially children, get bitten by a dog. Sources say that the number of dog bite incidents is higher during summer months than it is during the rest of the year. According to Dr. Adam Weinfeld, a plastic surgeon, the increase in emergency room consults related to dog bites is noticeable during the summer. This goes for consults in general, but children are far more likely to get bitten than adults are. Weinfeld says that children are more exposed to dogs than adults, and in Weinfeld's opinion, this is mainly because children are out of school, and they have more unsupervised time with dogs than they normally would. In addition, infants and toddlers are at the same eye level with dogs, which might seem threatening to some animals. Children are three times more likely than adults to get bitten, says Prevent a Bite, a nonprofit organization. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons also reported 29,000 dog bite-related reconstructive surgeries nationwide for last year. It is wise to keep your dog on a leash, and if you are out where dogs are running around freely, keep your distance to the animal. A dog bite can be a serious injury, and it could require surgery or other medical treatments. In case of such injury, you will need skilled and dedicated legal support. To get this support, contact a New Braunfels personal injury attorney.

The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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