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Animal Attack FAQs • San Antonio

The personal injury attorneys at Trevino Injury Law represent individuals who have been injured or lost loved ones due to animal attacks in San Antonio and throughout Texas.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a direct result of the careless, negligent, wrongful, or reckless act of a company, person, or a municipality in an animal attack we will aggressively advocate for your just compensation.

Injuries due to animal attacks can be devastating. Trevino Injury Law takes pride in addressing clients’ full range of [questions and concerns]. We will make sure you thoroughly understand your rights.

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Who is Liable for Animal Attack Injuries?

The animal’s owner is typically held responsible in the event of an attack. The owner is expected to adequately warn others of any possible danger, and do everything within their power to enclose or restrain a dangerous animal. However, even if the owner did not know their dog or animal was dangerous or capable of attack, it is still their responsibility to prevent injury to others.

Pet sitters, kennel operators, animal shelter owners, and other animal keepers and custodians can also be held responsible for attacks. Property owners and landlords are expected to prevent injuries caused by animals on their property, even if the animal is owned by a tenants.

What is the First Thing I Should Do After an Animal Attack?

If you are injured by a dog or other animal, the first thing to do is seek medical attention to prevent infection and long term debilitation, disfigurement, or disease. Next, you should contact the police and file a detailed incident report, being careful not to admit any fault. You may also need to contact Animal Control. Be sure to document the full extent of your injuries and treatment through photos, doctor’s letters, and hospital bills. This documentation will strengthen your personal injury defense in court.

Seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney immediately. An experienced lawyer will be able to evaluate your case and tell you if you have legal claim. He or she will advise you on what to do next in order to recover the the damages you deserve.

What does Texas Law Say About Animal Attacks?

Texas law imposes “strict liability” on animal owners who do not prevent their animal’s from attacking others. Under Texas law, a dog owner is liable if their dog bites you, regardless of the circumstances of the bite. The Texas Dangerous Dog Act governs owners of dogs that make an unprovoked attack on a person. Owners of dangerous dogs are required to hold insurance, and must hand their dog over to animal control if it is found dangerous. Furthermore, under San Antonio law, dangerous dogs must wear identifying collars and be kept in enclosures, and their owners must attend responsible animal owner classes.

What if I was Attacked by a Wild Animal?

Strict liability is often upheld for owners of wild animals. If the wild animal was not owned by a person, but attacked you on someone else’s land, the property owner may be held responsible if they were negligent in preventing the injury. It is very difficult to prove liability for a wild animal attack that occurred on public land, but some claims have been successful in the event of improper signage or insufficient warning to the public.

How Can I Avoid an Animal Attack?

The best way to avoid a dog attack is to remain calm and move to a safe location as soon as possible. Place adequate distance between yourself and the dangerous animal, but avoid turning your back or running as this may trigger an attack instinct.
Do not approach or pet unfamiliar dogs, and never disturb dogs that sleeping, eating, chewing, or nursing puppies. More detailed tips on avoiding animal attacks can be found here.

What Are the Most Common Animal Attack Injuries?

Animal attacks victims may be left disfigured, infected with disease, and emotionally traumatized. Dog bites are not the only animal attack injury that occurs. Cats, birds, ferrets, snakes, and more will bite and scratch. Wild animals in public parks can attack children and adults. And livestock mishandling is a major cause of injury on farms.

Common injuries caused by animals of all kinds include puncture wounds, disfigurement, rabies and disease, bruising, lacerations, broken bones, infection, and mental trauma.

What Are My Rights if I have been Attacked by an Animal?

If you have been attacked because an animal owner failed to adequately protect others from attack, you have a right to file a personal injury claim. You may be able to receive compensation for medical costs, mental anguish, lost wages, and more. Contact an experienced dog bite and animal attack attorney as soon as possible to begin your claim. Our personal injury lawyers have the expertise you need to successfully navigate a claim against an animal owner, and get you the best possible compensation.

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Trevino Injury Law is a San Antonio based law firm who works on a “contingency fee basis” on all personal injury cases including animal attacks. Simply put, we only get paid if we win your case. If there is no recovery, you pay nothing.

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