Dallas Dog Bite Injuries & Dog Attack Attorney

Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm, represents people in Dallas, Denton, Collin, and Tarrant Counties and across Texas for serious and catastrophic dog bite injury and mauling cases.

Dog Bite Injuries and Dangerous Dog Attack

Dog Bite Injuries & Dog Attack

Our Texas law holds a person responsible for the personal injuries caused by the negligence of the dog owners for a dog bite, dog mauling or a vicious dog attack.

As a medical doctor, I have treated many victims of serious dog bites and folks who have been injured as a result of a vicious dog attack.

There is no excuse for a dog bite injury if anybody is attacked by a dangerous breed of dogs, or a dog who known to be vicious. We all know in our neighborhood, examples of this type of unacceptable dog behavior.

Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm aggressively pursues financial compensation for dog bite and dog attack victims who have been injured by animal attacks involving dangerous dogs or known vicious dog breeds such as Rottweilers, German shepherds, and Pit bulls etc.

All Dogs Can be Dangerous, but Some Dogs are More Dangerous and Vicious Than Others

Many dogs can be considerably stronger and larger than an average person. Training, socialization and proper care can make a dog less aggressive, but some dogs are specifically bred by years of human selection to be more aggressive.

In short, man’s best friend has been bred to become man’s worst enemy, reversing 25,000 years of wolf-dog evolution.

Dog bites and attacks can be mentally traumatic, physically life-changing experiences, and they account for 386,000 emergency-room visits each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Learn How to Stay Safe Around Dogs

Dogs are Man’s best friend and provide us with friendship, comfort, and unconditional love. But please note that any dog can bite, and attack unprovoked even the family pet. Dog bites hurt, lead to severe injuries and they can become infected. According to nationwide studies nearly 1 in 5 people who are bitten by a dog require medical attention.

Dog Attack and Dog Bite signs

Any dog can bite, especially when scared, nervous, eating, or when playing or protecting toys or puppies. Dogs can bite and attack when they aren’t feeling well and want to be left alone. Don’t approach a dog that seems angry, scared, growling, showing its teeth or sick.

Folks who have dogs as pets need to be responsible in their ownership, including dog socialization, not engaging in rough play, and using a leash in public areas.

Children are Most at Risk From Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

Unfortunately children are the most common victims of dog bites and dog attacks, many times unprovoked. Most dog bites inflicted on young children occur during everyday activities with familiar dogs. Owners should always supervise kids around dogs, even family pets.

If a dog approaches you:

  • Stand still and be calm.
  • Do not make direct eye contact with the dog.
  • Do not panic, make loud noises, or run.
  • Yell “no” or “go home” in a firm, commanding voice and face the dog with the side of your body.
  • Slowly raise your hands to your neck with your elbows in and wait for the dog to pass or slowly back away.

Severe Dog Attack Injuries? Dr. Malik Law Firm Can Help

Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm holds accountable and aggressively prosecute dog owners, business owners, dog spas, property owners and people who have a duty to protect adults and children from vicious dogs in neighborhoods and especially in public parks.

Sometimes, injured folks are hesitate to make personal injury claims after suffering dog bites or dog attacks because they do not want to sue a neighbor or family member who owned the dangerous dog.

Remember that homeowners’ insurance or business insurance may be available to compensate the injured victim.

Contact the law offices of Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm at 214-390-3189 to schedule a free initial consultation after a dog bite injury or dog attack.

Prompt medical attention is important to prevent dog bite infections and complications. Surgery may be required to drain abscesses, prevent or reduce the effects of lifelong scarring and other injuries.

Psychological therapy is helpful in many cases, especially in young kids, since this type of attack can be very mentally traumatic, above and beyond the physical injuries and should be paid for by those who are responsible for the dog bite attack.

What is Negligent Handling of Dogs?

An injured person must prove the following to prove that a person was negligent in the handling of a dog:

(1) the person owned or possessed the dog; (2) the person owed a duty of reasonable care to prevent the dog from injuring someone; (3) the person breached his duty; and (4) the person’s breach of the duty proximately caused a person’s injury.

This claim differs from a claim alleging strict liability, because an injured person does not need to prove that a dog was vicious or dangerous when suing for negligent handling.

Dangerous Domesticated Dogs – Strict Liability

A person injured by a dog can also bring a claim in a lawsuit if the dog is a dangerous domesticated animal.

A person must prove the following for this claim: (1) the person owned or possessed the dog; (2) the dog had dangerous propensities abnormal to its class; (3) the person knew or had reason to know that the dog had dangerous propensities; and (4) the dangerous propensities were the producing cause of injury.

Texas Dangerous Dog Act

The Texas Dangerous Dog Act is a law that applies to anyone who owns, possesses, or controls a dangerous dog. The Act is in Chapter 822 of the Texas Health and Safety Code.

The Act defines a “dangerous dog” as one that either (1) makes an unprovoked attack on a person that causes bodily injury or (2) commits unprovoked attacks that cause a person to reasonably believe that the dog will attack and cause bodily injury.

The law imposes certain obligations on an owner, including obtaining insurance or delivering an animal to animal control after a determination that a dog is dangerous. The Act also provides criminal penalties for dangerous dog owners.

Leash Laws

Some Texas cities, towns, and counties have leash laws, which are ordinances which regulate restraint of animals.

Negligence Per Se

If a dog owner breaks the Texas Dangerous Dog Act or a local ordinance, then the owner might be liable to someone harmed as a result for negligence per se.

Negligence per se requires that an injured person prove that (1) the injured person belongs to the class of people the statute or ordinance was designed to protect, and the injury is the type the law was designed to prevent; (2) the statute or ordinance is one for which tort liability may be imposed when violated; (3) the owner violated the law without excuse; and (4) the owner’s act or omission proximately caused the injury.

If you have additional questions or concerns regarding Texas laws on Dog Bites or Dog Attacks, contact Dr. Shezad Malik at 214-390-3189 or click here and fill out our contact form for a free consultation.

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