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You come across a strange dog with no owner in sight. How might you handle the situation so you don’t end up in the emergency room? You have a better chance of making it through safely with a few preventative measures and cool, calm thinking.
It’s a terrifying moment.
You’re out on a daily run or walk, just minding your own business. Suddenly, you see a dog you know to be dangerous quietly staring at you with his ears perked up in the air.
He’s deciding whether to charge you, or to just let you pass by.
What do you do?
Avoidance Always Works Best
To the extent within your power, avoid being in a neighborhood if you know a dog routinely roams loose there.
If you know your neighbors have a fence that you believe a dog could jump over if motivated enough, simply go another route.
And make sure to report your concern to the local […]
Texas follows a somewhat odd “one free bite” rule regarding dog bite liability. However, that doesn’t give dog owners a free pass in every case.
A dog bites you.
Is the owner financially responsible?
Look, I’d love to give you “yes” and “no” answers. But the fact is that the law doesn’t make it that simple. And when you think about it, that’s fair. Because, you want to deliver a just and fair result based on the particular situation.
So take a look at some of the ins and outs of Texas dog bite law:
Texas Is a “One Free Bite” State
Typically, an owner gets legal protection on their dog’s first bite (unless liability can be based on other grounds). In other words, if it is the dog’s first bite, and the dog had shown no signs of aggressive behavior before, there’s a possibility the owner won’t be financially liable for your injuries.
However, exceptions to […]
Are most dogs dangerous? No. Are some? Yes. But most can be reigned in with training, and proper care, time, and attention from the owner.
Find out 4 of the most dangerous dog breeds to avoid in this post.
Every dog wants to be a “good” dog. Unfortunately, some think that means biting and attacking innocent people because their owners haven’t taught them it’s not okay.
Just because you see a dog without an owner, or one that’s barking aggressively, doesn’t mean you will get attacked.
Some dog breeds are more dangerous than others. Here’s some of the most dangerous that you should watch out for. And – if you can – meet the dog with the owner so the dog understands you’re not a threat:
This one should come as no surprise. You hear about vicious pit bull attacks on the news all the time.
Interestingly, the phrase “pit bull” in and of itself […]
$500,000 gross recovery for dog bite injuries to a toddler. Outstanding settlement by attorney on case where the medical bills were less than $3,000.
Our client, a two and a half year old toddler, was attacked by a dog at a residence she was visiting. She was bitten in the face and suffered multiple lacerations to her cheek, chin, and eyelid. She had to be transported from the residence to the emergency room by ambulance.
Her mother reached out to us after they had begun negotiations with the liability insurance company. The carrier had already made a significant offer but the family wanted to make sure they were obtaining the best possible result for their child. We greed to restrict our fee to only applying to any portion we could obtain beyond the current settlement offer.
Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: Prior to retaining our personal injury law firm, the family contacted some […]
Medicare passed a new requirement that puts additional reporting burden on insurers. Designed to save Medicare money – it’s actually costing them. Learn what you can do in this post.
Ready to get angry at the government?
If you don’t already have enough personal reason to do so, I’m sorry, but we have more fuel to add to your fire.
The federal Medicare program and some states’ Medicaid programs have mandated reporting of personal injury awards by insurers to slow down the time they have to pay so they can improve their financial position.
This research comes from RAND.
Who the heck is RAND?
As a consumer, you may not have much of a need to know about RAND’s research.
But, they research important public policy issues and then relay this research to the government to improve its operations and save you money.
RAND is 100% non-profit, and is completely non-partisan. Their $308.7 million in funding comes from […]
$112,500 gross recovery for herniated disc injury car wreck in Dallas, TX. Outstanding settlement by attorney on case where the liability insurance carrier’s initial offer was only $17,500.
Our client was driving a truck northbound on Webb Chapel Road in Dallas, Texas. He brought his vehicle to a stop to allow a pedestrian to cross the road. An inattentive motorist failed to timely apply her brakes and rear-ended his truck. Our client sought treatment the next day for neck pain.
Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: Our client complained of numbness and tingling in his left arm the day after the wreck. His doctor diagnosed cervical radiculopathy and referred him to physical therapy. Shooting pain from your neck into your arms, hands, and/or fingers is a troubling sign that could indicate the presence of a herniated disc. It is very important to immediately let your physician know if you experience numbness, tingling, or […]
We are pleased to announce the winner for our 2018 Regis L. Mullen Accident & Injury Scholarship: Desiree Graziano. Below is her story.
It was March 1st, 2002 and I was patiently waiting for my current boyfriend to come home to go out to dinner with our friends. It was getting late, so I proceeded to go to his house to look for him. At around 8:25 I was driving on County Rt 26A when apparently a deer ran out in front of my car. I swerved so I didn’t hit the deer, but struck a telephone pole, rolled my car and was ejected out the back window. I don’t remember any of this, this is what I am told happened. I awoke in Albany Medical hospital on March 19th after being in a medically induced coma and in ICU this entire time, to find out that I had been in […]
Self-driving cars will own the highways of the future. But that brings about many complex legal situations. Learn how this could affect personal injury law.
Cars can actually drive themselves legally in specific areas of California, Texas, Arizona, Washington, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.
When they’ll actually be on the road 24/7/365 driving in even the most treacherous of conditions, though, is another subject. Lior Ron, the co-founder of Otto, a self-driving tech company, predicts it will happen in baby steps slowly over time.
First, it will become available in the city during low-traffic hours (1-5 AM), only using wide traffic lanes, and in places where you don’t find many pedestrians. Then, as the technology increases in sophistication, more difficult driving conditions will be accommodated.
And eventually, cars will drive themselves completely during all hours of the day. And they won’t even have gas or brake pedals. But, that time may be decades away yet.
Regardless of […]
Independent contractors can get workers’ comp in one fairly common situation. Learn what it is and what to do in this post.
You can never get worker’s comp if you’re an independent contractor, right? Not quite. There is one situation where you can. If you’re an “independent contractor” in name only.
For example, your company calls you an “independent contractor” and has you sign a W9, but they really treat you like an employee.
It’s actually common. It happens in the trades a lot. And it’s getting more common because for office workers because of the explosion in remote working.
The IRS doesn’t like it too much because it gets companies out of paying taxes, while depriving workers of rights. For example, this Government Accountability Office report says the IRS missed out on $1.6 billion in tax dollars in 1984. That’s $3.664 billion in 2015 dollars. On top of that, a Department of Labor report suggests […]