Types of Injuries
Dog attacks are unfortunately increasingly common throughout our neighborhoods and can be easily preventable. The elderly and the very young are the most at risk in case of severe dog attacks and can sustain long-lasting and even life-shattering injuries from one dog bite attack. If you or a loved one were injured in a dog bite attack, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Types of Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bite injuries can range in classification, from very mild to extremely severe. The more severe injuries could lead to loss of limb or even loss of life. The most common types of dog bite injuries are puncture wounds from the impact of the dog teeth on human skin. Aside from the pain involved in a dog bite, even a small tear of skin could have dire impacts on the victim depending on the health of the dog. A dog bite can spread dangerous diseases to the victim, including rabies. More serious dog bites can damage the tendons and the muscle, leading to long lasting nerve damage and even broken bones.
The most dangerous types of dog bite attacks are those that impact the head and neck area. The impact of a dog bite on your neck could lead to dangerous loss of blood and nerve damage. It is important to have a medical professional check your injuries as soon as possible after a dog bite attack.
Unfortunately, Texas continues to lead all states in the number of fatal dog bite attacks. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year.
Dog Bite Injury Recovery
After a dog bite attack, it is important to seek medical care as soon as possible. Severe dog bite attacks can have lasting injuries to the victims, especially young children, and must be medically assessed as soon as possible.
Texas does not have a dog bite statute on its books, and therefore all dog bite recovery claims are based in court-made law. The “One Bite Rule” is what most courts follow and basically means that a dog owner is liable if the dog had previously bitten a person and the owner was aware of the prior dog bite.
As the victim of a dog bite attack, you are entitled to bring a claim for damages including the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to assist you in understanding the full amount of damages you are entitled to receive as a result of your injuries.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Dog Bite Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a dog bite attack, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in handling dog bite injury cases and will work closely with your family as you recover from your injuries. Contact our Beaumont or Houston offices today for your initial free consultation.