Anyone who has been through a motor vehicle accident knows that it can be a traumatic experience. Whether the accident involved an car, motorcycle, or commercial vehicle, you have the right to take legal action against any person, company, or entity that is responsible.

As consumers, we trust that the products we purchase meet certain standards for safety. We also have to trust that the products used or prescribed by our physicians or made available to purchase are safe and free defects or flaws that could inflict injury, illness, or death.
If you have sustained injuries because of a product defect or recalled drug, you may have a product liability claim.

Brent Cordell

Attorney at Law

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Animal Attacks & Dog Bites


 
Nationwide, the number of dog bites requiring medical attention has increased 15 times faster than the increase in dog ownership.

There are approximately 4.7 million dog bites per year nationwide. The number of dog bites requiring medical attention has increased 15 times faster than the increase in dog ownership.

There are more than 850,000 dog bites requiring medical attention in the U.S. yearly. In a twelve-month period from 1995 to 1996, at least 25 people in the U.S. have died from dog attacks, 20 of whom were children. Letter carriers suffer about 3,000 bites annually as they deliver the mail. These alarming conclusions show that this is a problem that is getting worse, not better. Victims of dog bite attacks can sustain painful and life-altering injuries, including deep skin wounds, loss of fingers, infections and scarring. Dogs that are prone to attack are a liability and the owners need to be held responsible for them.
Children are most often the victims of serious dog attacks for several reasons. They are boisterous, loud and make unpredictable movements that can scare dogs. And what a child might see as an expression of love - a simple hug- can be an explicit threat to the animal.

Victims of dog bites can usually recover full compensation from the dog owner's homeowners or renters insurance policy: legal grounds for liability vary depending on state statutes, county and city ordinances and court decisions.

In some cases people other than a dog owner can be held liable, such as a landlord who failed to rid his property of a known dangerous dog.
Every dog owner can be held liable if they know that the dog had a tendency to bite people without justification before the incident, but this is difficult legal ground for the victim because they must prove both that the dog previously bit a person or attempted to bite a person, and that the owner knew of the dog's propensity to bite. This rule also covers injuries other than bites, and injuries inflicted by other domestic animals such as cats.

Additionally, it is the basis for holding third parties such as landlords liable for dog bites. Texas adheres to the so-called "one bite rule", (Marshall v. Ranne, 511 SW 2d 255). This holds that a victim can recover compensation from the owner or keeper of a dog if :
(a) the dog previously bit a person or acted like it wanted to, and
(b) the defendant was aware of the dog's previous conduct.
If either of those conditions are not met, the victim cannot employ this doctrine as a ground for recovery.

The most important aspect of prosecuting a dog attack case is to secure evidence as quickly as possible. The best evidence that we seek to obtain immediately is the identity of the dog and its owner, photographs of the dog, identity of witnesses, witness statements, and photographs of the injuries and location of the attack.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a dog bite or animal attack, contact Brent M. Cordell for a free consultation. We will use our experience, knowledge and resources to achieve the best possible results for you and your family.

 

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