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What to do After an Animal Attack • San Antonio

The personal injury attorneys at Trevino Injury Law represent individuals who have been injured or lost loved ones due to dog bites or  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 (i.e., a dog bite) 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.

Call the personal injury attorneys of Trevino Injury Law today to schedule your FREE case evaluation with an experienced attorney.

(210) 255-3088

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

If you are bitten, scratched, or otherwise injured by an animal attack, the first thing to do is seek medical attention. Dog bites and other animal-inflicted wounds can be high-risk injuries, and lead to serious infection, debilitation, disfigurement, and even death. Diseased animals can spread illnesses, such as rabies, through an attack.

After receiving any necessary medical care, you should contact the police and file an incident report. Be extremely specific and detailed in your report, and do not admit to any fault in the incident. If you need to contact animal control, or are asked to by the police, do so as soon as possible.

After you have seen a doctor or physician, and filed a thorough police report, contact 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.

Important Information to Collect After an Animal Attack

A personal injury attorney will use every detail about your attack to build a strong legal claim. 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. If you can, it will benefit you to have the following information:

  • A detailed account of the circumstances and events of the animal bite or attack.
  • The name, phone number, and any relevant insurance information of the animal owner.
  • Any eyewitness accounts, along with names and contact information for all witnesses.
  • Doctor’s letters, medical bills, and any other documentation of your injuries and treatment.

Dog Bite Treatment for “Dangerous Dogs” in San Antonio (using  Chapter 5 Ordinance)

A study by the American Veterinary Medical Association shows that statistically in San Antonio, Texas more than 5 people a day require emergency treatment due to dog attacks and that at least one person every six days is hospitalized due to a dog attack.

In 2011 the city of San Antonio adjusted its Chapter 5 Ordinance to help with this problem.  Often victims of dog attacks have one common concern “How can I prevent another attack by the dog that attacked me?” The information below addresses this question.

How to prevent another attack by the dog that attacked you?

1) You need to turn in a “Dangerous and Aggressive Dog Affidavit” to the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services Department (also referred to as San Antonio Animal Control) or contact us at (210-255-3088) and we can handle everything on your behalf. (* Note –  an affidavit must be turned in order for a formal investigation to begin.)

San Antonio Ordinance Chapter 5 mandates, once upon receipt of a sworn affidavit of complaint the San Antonio Animal Control must investigate your dog bite incident, to determine if the dog is dangerous.  A dog is deemed dangerous if it makes an unprovoked attack on a person that causes bodily injury.  Once a dog is deemed dangerous the owner has two choices:

  1. Put the animal down or,
  2. comply with the following below.

a) The dog must be licensed and shall have a higher licensing fee;

b) The dangerous dog shall at all times wear a collar so that the dog can be identified as a dangerous dog;

c) The dangerous dog must be kept in an enclosure;

d) The owner must present a certificate of liability insurance in the amount of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) to cover any injuries caused by the dangerous dog;

e) The dangerous dog, when taken outside the enclosure, must be securely muzzled;

f) The owner shall post a sign on his premises warning that there is a dangerous dog on the property;

g) The owner shall authorize to implant a microchip beneath the skin of the dangerous dog for positive identification of the animal;

h) The dangerous dog must be spayed or neutered;

i) The owner must attend a class on responsible pet ownership; and

j) The owner must allow an annual inspection of the residence where the dog is kept to ensure continued compliance with all requirements.

Most dog bite victims are unaware of the necessity to file a sworn affidavit of complaint.  Even if the attack is reported, if a sworn affidavit of complaint is not filed the dog can simply be released to its owner after 10 days of quarantine.

Protecting Your Rights & Victim Compensation Recovery

If an animal owner has failed to adequately protect others from an animal attack, you have a right to file a personal injury claim and seek compensation for medical costs, mental anguish, lost wages, and more.

Damages caused by dog bites can be covered by the dog owner’s home owner’s insurance; therefore it is critical to determine who owns the dog or the dog owner’s address.  Contact Trevino Injury Law at  (210-255-3088) if you or a loved one has suffered from a dog attack and have concerns.

Trevino Injury Law will initiate any necessary investigations, and handle all communication with insurance company agents and representatives. Do not under any circumstances speak to an insurance company representative; the statements and information you provide can be used against you to reduce the compensation you receive.

Start Your Claim Today!

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

“Trevino Injury Law is a leader in personal injury law with trial experience that speaks for itself.”Candelario Trevino

Call the personal injury attorneys of Trevino Injury Law today to schedule your FREE case evaluation with an experienced attorney.

(210) 255-3088

 

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