Dog Bites Involving Children

In the state of Texas, dog owners may be strictly liable for the injury and death of children caused by their dogs.

Some dog owners and their insurance companies try to claim that the way the child approached the dog contributed to the dog attack. Dog owners may attempt to blame the child victim for the attack by claiming the dog was startled or provoked by the child. Some dog owners and their insurance companies will also try to claim that the child was "trespassing" at the time of the attack, and thus, they are not responsible for the injuries caused by the attack. Insurance companies may blame child victims for their injuries following a dog bite to avoid fully compensating the victim. We believe a properly trained dog will not bite or attack someone, especially a young child, but when a dog bite or attack occurs, it can leave permanent physical and emotional scars.

Parents who witness their child being attacked by a dog may also recover "bystander" damages for mental anguish and emotional distress.

At the Willumsen Law Firm, P.C., we recover damages for dog bite victims and their parents. We have the investigative and medical resources needed to establish damages and demand fair compensation for our clients' pain and suffering. To schedule a free consultation and discuss your case, call us toll free at 800-346-0139 or contact us by email and you will be placed with an experienced Texas dog bite lawyer at our firm right away.

The Physical Consequences Of A Dog Bite

The Willumsen Law Firm, P.C. offers representation to children suffering from dog bites, mauling or attack injuries, such as:

  • Facial scarring
  • Loss of vision
  • Loss of fingers, ears or other body parts
  • Torn ligaments
  • Muscle damage
  • Disfigurement
  • Amputations
  • Severe lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Wrongful death

The Emotional Impact Of A Dog Bite

Children are often drawn to dogs due to their portrayal in children's films and cartoons as lovable, friendly animals. As a result, when they are attacked by a dog, the emotional consequences can be significant. Trauma suffered at an early age can lead to nightmares, phobias, trust issues and other psychological reactions that sometimes affect a person into adulthood.

Additionally, the physical scarring from a dog attack can be significant and cause the child embarrassment and distress. This is particularly true in facial bite cases. That's why our lawyers consult psychologists when necessary to assess the pain and suffering endured by a child after a dog bite.

Recovering Fair Compensation After a Dog Bite

In order to ensure that our clients receive fair compensation for their child's injuries, our office works closely with medical experts who take into account the cost of medical care, reconstructive surgery, psychological therapy, and pain and suffering.

Call Now — Arrange A Free Consultation With Our Skilled Lawyers

If your child was attacked by a dog, call us at 800-346-0139 or use our convenient email form to arrange a FREE CASE EVALUATION. Our general office hours in Houston are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and we make ourselves available to meet during the evenings and on weekends by pre-arrangement. If you can't come to our offices in Houston or Katy, we can arrange to meet at a location convenient for you.

We handle all personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency-fee basis. Our firm advances the cost of investigating, preparing and resolving your case. You will pay NO attorney fees or expenses UNLESS we recover monetary damages in a settlement or trial verdict.

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