It has often been said that dogs are a man’s best friend, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes dogs bite and attack, even without provocation. When they do, they can cause serious injuries, including permanent scarring and disfigurement.
Dog bite injuries can leave victims in extreme pain. Victims often face treatment for several weeks or even months. This treatment is expensive, and in some cases, victims are unable to return to work immediately. This can lead to financial stress as medical bills and other expenses begin to pile up.
If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog, you should speak to an El Paso dog bite lawyer from the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC about your legal rights. Our experienced attorneys can help you pursue the compensation you need to recover from your injuries.
Schedule a free consultation with our team now.
Who Is Responsible for a Dog Bite Injury?
Many people are hesitant to file a lawsuit after being bitten or attacked by a dog because the dog that hurt them often belongs to a friend, neighbor, or family member. Instead of potentially estranging themselves from the people they care about, dog bite victims contend with their injuries on their own. This often means paying for treatment they can’t afford out of their own pocket.
It’s important that dog bite victims understand that when they file a claim for compensation for a dog bite, they are not directly suing their friend or family member. Instead, when dog bite victims file a claim, they are filing with the dog owner’s insurance company. This means that the insurance company pays for the compensation, not the dog owner.
To learn more about your options for pursuing compensation for a dog bite injury, contact our El Paso personal injury law firm.
Compensation for Injuries in Dog Bite Cases
Filing a personal injury claim can help you seek compensation for the costs and losses you incurred due to the dog bite or attack. No one can determine the amount of compensation you should receive without fully reviewing your claim. However, there are some common types of compensation available in dog bite claims. These include:
- Medical expenses (including future treatment costs)
- Lost income if you are unable to return to work
- Loss of earning capacity if you can never return to work or return to the same line of work due to a disfigurement
- Property damage, such as eyeglasses or other property that was damaged in the attack
- Emotional trauma, particularly if you cannot move past the attack or develop a fear of dogs afterward
- Loss of enjoyment of life
These are just a few types of damages available in a dog bite case. After reviewing and investigating your case, an El Paso dog bite lawyer from our firm can advise on the full amount of compensation that you deserve.
How Long Do You Have to File Your Claim?
In Texas, there is a statute of limitations on dog bite claims. This is the amount of time you have to file your claim. The statute of limitations within the state is two years from the date of the bite or attack. If you file your claim after this time period has expired, you will likely be barred from receiving any compensation.
How Our El Paso Dog Bite Attorneys Can Help
Unfortunately, filing a dog bite injury claim with the insurance company is not easy. In fact, the insurance company makes it difficult because it wants to keep its profits instead of paying you a full settlement. Holding the insurance company accountable takes legal experience, skill, and resources.
When you choose to work with our team at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC, we will:
- Answer your questions and explain your legal rights in a free consultation
- Investigate your case thoroughly to collect all available evidence
- Work to prove that the dog was at large or had a dangerous past
- Document the full extent of the losses you have suffered
- Work with our network of experts to help substantiate your claim
- Keep you updated on the status of your case at every step
- Aggressively advocate for the full and fair compensation you deserve
If you are ready to get started on your case, please contact our El Paso personal injury law firm now for a free consultation.