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Amusement Park Accidents
Amusement parks like Six Flags provide families and young people with some wonderful entertainment options. They are not only great for the locals but attract tourists from all over the country. New amusement park rides are being built all the time, all with the intention of outdoing what has been done before to be the fastest and the scariest. These rides are great fun unless you are one of the hundreds of people who suffer minor or serious injuries on them every year. It is not uncommon for riders to wind up with broken or bloody noses, broken bones, whiplash, brain hemorrhages, paralysis, or even death. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in the past five years, there has been an 87 percent increase in the number of emergency room visits resulting from injuries from amusement park rides. There are a number of factors that contribute to these injuries:

Mechanical failure of the ride
Operator behavior
Rider behavior
Ride design defects

It may not always be clear exactly who or what is to blame for amusement ride accidents, but there is no question that the injured parties suffer a great deal of pain and loss. Amusement park accident liability involves three types of law: product liability law, negligence or tort law, and premises liability law. Our amusement park injury attorneys have recovered tens of millions of dollars in damages for thousands of clients. They have the experience and expertise to handle these difficult cases, making sure that justice is served for those who are injured and their families. Contact our Law Firm immediately if you are injured as a result of an amusement park ride.

Some of the types of personal injury cases our firm handles include:
wrongful death, auto accident, dog bite, nursing home negligence, amusement park accidents, negligence, and product liability.

If you have been seriously injured, or suffered damages, you should seek the advice of an experienced Personal Injury Lawyer. Contact our office for a free IMMEDIATE case evaluation.

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Dog Bite Lawyers

Americans love dogs. And for the most part, if we treat them well, they will treat us well. But this isn’t always the case. Here are some sobering statistics: There are around 4.7 million dog bite victims every year. Of those, over 850 thousand require medical attention. The number of dog bite cases has increased 15 times faster than the national increase in dog ownership. 10 to 20 dog bite victims die every year, with the majority of them being children. So yes, dogs can be man’s best friend, but they also have the capability of inflicting a great amount of pain on humans.

If you have been attacked by a dog, you have legal rights. Texas is one of three states that ranks number one in the U. S. for dog bites and dog-related fatalities. It stands to reason that your chance of getting bit by a dog in this state is high. If it happens to you, you need to seek an attorney experienced in dealing with dog bite cases. Our Law Firm has been taking on dog bite cases since 1978, in the process winning many thousands of dollars in settlements and compensation for dog bite victims. We have the best expert connections, the necessary resources to engage in expensive personal injury litigation, and a reputation that gives us the advantage in winning these types of cases. If you have been the victim of a dog bite or animal attack, please call the dog bite lawyers at our Law Firm right away for a free legal consultation.

Some of the types of personal injury cases our firm handles include:
wrongful death, auto accident, dog bite, nursing home negligence, amusement park accidents, negligence, and product liability

If you have been seriously injured from a dog bite or animal attack, you should seek the advice of an experienced dog bite lawyer. Contact our office for a free IMMEDIATE case evaluation.

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It is estimated that every HOUR, there are more than 11 THOUSAND accidents in the United States in which someone is disabled. Risks abound with assaults, automobile accidents, unsafe products, even poisoning, all of which can cause personal injury. A personal injury, which is an injury to the body or mind, can be purposely caused by another, such as assault, or can be caused by negligence, such as employers providing unsafe working conditions.

So what should you do if you have been personally injured? After obtaining good medical care, the answer is to seek justice. By state law, there is a limited amount of time in which a personal injury victim can file a personal injury lawsuit. If you have been injured, you need to act now! Personal injury victims have the right to receive compensation for current and future medical expenses, vocational rehabilitation, as well as payment for emotional suffering. With solid representation, it is possible to walk away from a personal injury case with a generous jury verdict or settlement. Avoid filing and litigating your own personal injury claim. An experienced personal injury lawyer from our Law Firm has access to expert witnesses, medical professionals and other people and resources that help immensely in winning the claim. He or she will also take care of all the paperwork, trial procedures and courtroom politics to make sure justice gets served.

Our Law Firm has helped thousands of personal injury victims find justice since 1978. They will help you assess your case, file the necessary court documents, and win your claim. We offer free, confidential consultations to interested parties who believe they have a valid personal injury claim. Give us a call today and we will be happy to speak to you. HOLDING WRONGDOERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE DAMAGES THEY CAUSE SINCE 1978 Some of the types of personal injury cases our firm handles include:
wrongful death, auto accident, dog bite, nursing home negligence, amusement park accidents, negligence, and product liability.

If you have been seriously injured or suffered damages, you should seek the advice of an experienced Personal Injury Lawyer. Contact our office for a free IMMEDIATE case evaluation.

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Each of our nine plaintiff attorneys is highly trained to handle a variety of types of cases, including Workers’ Comp.

Personal Injury – Injured in an auto accident?
Workers’ Compensation – Injured on the job?
Offshore and Maritime Injuries – Were you injured on the job while working on the high seas?
Social Security Disability – Are you completely unable to do any work?

Personal Injury
The majority of our cases are personal injury and negligence cases. These include automobile, 18-wheelers, and other commercial trucking accidents, slip and fall accidents, helicopter and airplane crashes, train collisions, and all other injuries, including brain injuries caused by another person’s mistake, negligence, or intentional act.

Our plaintiff lawyers have the knowledge and experience to deal with the insurance company and get you the financial help you need. We’re big enough to fight even the biggest insurance company, yet small enough to provide our clients with personal, caring service. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, suffered a brain injury, or had a slip and fall accident, we recommend you talk to our injury attorneys before you deal with the insurance company on your own.

Call us today for your free personal injury consultation and we’ll tell you why you made the right choice.

Workers’ Compensation
If you were injured on the job, you are entitled to fair compensation for your injuries and financial strain.
As an injured worker, you are entitled to receive the necessary medical treatment, including therapy, prescriptions, and any medical supplies you may require to treat your injury.
If you are temporarily disabled due to an on-the-job injury, you are entitled to receive disability payments.
If you are left with any permanent disability, you are also entitled to compensation for your permanency.
While workers’ compensation laws can be complicated and ever-changing, the experienced attorneys at our Law Firm know your rights and how to fight to get you the money you deserve. Your attorney will explain everything you need to know to help you get the money you need to take care of your bills, your
lost income, and your family. If you or someone you know has been injured on the job and you have questions about workers’ compensation rights, call our Law Firm for a free consultation.

Offshore and Maritime Injuries
People who work on navigable rivers, lakes, and the high seas have different rights than those who work in land-based jobs. If injury or death occurs as a result of an employer’s negligence on a navigable vessel, you may have a claim against either the employer under the Federal Jones Act or against another party causing the injury under General Maritime Law. Examples of neglect can include faulty equipment, slippery walking surfaces, untrained seamen, and sinking or mechanically malfunctioning vessels. The employee or family of the deceased may be entitled to lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, future income, future medical expenses, and spouse’s loss of services and society. Investigating a maritime accident is very different
from investigating accidents that happen on land. The trial attorneys at our Law Firm have a very in-depth understanding of the laws that govern employment navigable waterways and have experience in representing injured workers. If you have questions about offshore or maritime injuries, call us toll-free. Your first consultation is free.

Social Security Disability Claims
If you are totally disabled for a period that has or is expected to last 12 or more months, you may be entitled to disability payments from the Social Security Administration. Your disability may be caused by one or more medical conditions, including one that is a result of a personal injury. The attorneys at our Law Firm have experience and understanding of the complicated federal regulations governing Social Security Disability claims. If you
have questions about a Social Security claim, call us toll-free.

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Dog Bite Lawyers

Our dog bite lawyers want you to understand the law regarding potentially dangerous dogs. It was recently reported that there are 44 domestic pets as being dangerous. Having 12 pit bull mixes on the list should not be a surprise. But the list also includes a Jack Russell terrier, a Dachshund, a Cocker Spaniel, 2 Chihuahua mixes, and a short-haired cat. An animal is considered “vicious” if it kills or inflicts life-threatening injuries to a person. Animals that inflict less serious injuries are labeled “dangerous”. If owners want to keep these “dangerous” pets, then they must follow strict restrictions, which may include keeping a dog on its leash, muzzling the animal whenever it is outside, neutering male dogs, and micro chipping the animal. If the animal attacked someone after escaping a fenced-in area, the owner might have to cover the area and install a concrete or electrified wire base. Owners are subjected to quarterly inspections and fines are steep for non-compliance.

The following pertains to vicious and dangerous dogs: A municipal court can declare a dog vicious if it: (1) killed or caused serious bodily injury to a person; or (2) has engaged in dog fighting. A dog is not vicious if it was provoked and killed or caused serious bodily injury to a person. If the court declares the dog vicious and there is no appeal the animal will be destroyed. A municipal court can declare a dog potentially dangerous if it: (1) during an unprovoked attack caused bodily injury to a person and poses a serious threat of bodily injury or death to a person, or(2) killed or severely injured another domestic animal, and(a) poses a threat of serious bodily injury or death to a person; or(b) poses a threat of death to another domestic animal, or (3) has been trained, tormented, badgered, baited or encouraged to engage in unprovoked attacks upon persons or domestic animals. A dog is not potentially dangerous if it: (1) caused bodily injury to a person after being provoked, or (2) severely injured or killed a domestic animal if the domestic animal was the aggressor.

If a Texas court deems your dog as potentially you must follow state requirements. Section 822.042 lists the requirements for the owner of a dangerous dog. In no later than 30 days the owner needs to accomplish some tasks as follows:
Register the dangerous dog with the animal control authority.
Restrain the dog on a leash in a person’s control or in a secure enclosure.
Obtain insurance or show financial responsibility in the amount of $100,000 to cover damages for a potential attack by the dangerous dog on a person. Show the proof to the animal control authority.
Comply with applicable municipal and county regulations, requirements, or restrictions on dangerous dogs.

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As much as pet owners want to believe that their family pet loves unconditionally, dogs get scared or agitated just like everyone else. Our dog bite lawyers know that the holidays can be particularly stressful for family pets, so parents and pet owners are reminded to keep a close eye on children and pets in order to reduce the risk of a dog-related injury. According to American Humane Association, children under 12-years-old are involved in 50 percent of dog attacks. Sadly, 70 percent of deaths caused by a dog bite are children under the age of 10. Furthermore, newborns who are left unsupervised are 370 times more likely to be killed by a dog than an adult. The vast majority (82 percent) of emergency room visits for dog bite treatments are children 14-years-old or younger. The rate of dog bites is significantly higher for children 5 to 9 than for any other age group. Though most child injuries from dog bites occur to the head or neck, many injuries require reconstructive surgery when a child loses a finger or ear from a dog attack.

Pet owners are reminded of these staggering statistics because there is bound to be a lot of activity in your household during holidays. Lots of action and high amounts of activity can change a dog’s normal routine and make them become stressed and more prone to dog bites. If you have children visiting your home for the holidays, offer these pet safety tips to avoid accidents or injuries:

-Talk in a quiet voice rather than shout in the presence of a dog.
-Avoid rapid movements. A dog will tend to chase someone or something that runs so walk slowly or stand still if an unfamiliar dog approaches you.
-Dogs need lots of love so don’t kick, bite, slap or pull on flapping body parts like ears or tails to get their attention. Instead, stroke their fur or pat their head to make them calmer.
-Never arouse a dog from sleep and avoid trying to play with them when they are eating or playing alone with a toy or bone.
-Dogs are protective and territorial of what they consider their own possessions so trying to disrupt or take them often leads a dog to snap or bite.
-Puppies play rough until they are trained otherwise so avoid letting small children play with a puppy that has extremely sharp teeth and can puncture the skin of a child rather easily.

Parents attending a holiday party with a strange pet should remind their children of three steps when meeting a dog for the first time. The first step is to ask the owner if it is permitted to pet the dog. The next step is to ask the dog if they want to be petted. Dogs can convey body language as a true indicator of how they are feeling. The third step in meeting a dog is to pet them if the owner and dog say it is OK. A child should remain calm and pet the dog with long easy strokes along the length of their body. Avoid dog bite incidents this holiday season by using a keen sense of alertness around your pet and any children who are visiting.

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We read about this too frequently, a 3-day-old died after a husky attacked him, another husky was blamed for the death of an infant. In some states, lawmakers are attempting to make homeowners liable for a felony charge if their dog injures or kills another. All of these situations prove that dog bite incidents can be very serious. In Texas, dog owners can be liable in a civil lawsuit for injuries and damages. This is true if their dog is off their leash or even if the dog gets out of a backyard fence and mauls someone. Our dog bite lawyers understand that many people don’t believe there’s any chance their dog would ever bite another person. However, owners sometimes can’t predict what a dog will do. Other times, if the dog was taken in from a pound, the owner may not know the dog’s entire history. Many times, dog bites happen not because of improper training or aggressive actions by the owners, but because of a history that the owner isn’t aware of. That’s even more of a reason to pay extra close attention to the dog and ensure they aren’t let off a leash or put in a stressful situation.

According to one news report, a 3-day-old was attacked by a family pet — a husky. The child died after being flown to a children’s hospital. Officials there said the baby was lying on the floor when the dog grabbed him by the head. A pit bull and another dog were in the home at the time as well. In a separate incident, another husky was to blame for a death after a newborn was attacked by the dog. There was no previous history of violence with the dog and police said they aren’t considering filing charges. Officials there refused to provide details of the attack but did confirm it was a husky. In some states, lawmakers are considering making dog attacks punishable by a felony. Owners of animals that severely injure or kill a person could face prison
time plus a fine. Only vicious dog owners — defined as having previously bitten before — would be eligible. All of these incidents prove that dogs can be dangerous, even if people don’t expect it.

Family pets can attack even without a previous incident. When babies or a new person is introduced to a dog, sometimes they can be skittish. New experiences can sometimes irk a dog, which can cause them to have an adverse reaction. Owners must properly train their dogs to get used to a new person in the house. Babies can be difficult for dogs to get used to because they have strange reactions and can cause dogs to get nervous. While babies or infants may not go out of their way to cause stress to dogs, they aren’t used to them either and can do things that cause the family pet to react aggressively. Owners must pay attention to these things and ensure their children — as well as others in public — are protected from aggressive actions.

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In the first part of our look at training a new puppy in order to avoid a dog bite incident, our Dog Bite Lawyer Blog looked at ways to integrate a new dog into your home. Some of the tips our dog bite lawyers provided were basic tips that can help get a dog acclimated to its new life and some were more extensive, designed to ensure that dogs are easily domesticated and don’t fall back on their instincts. Among the tips are ways to ensure that new puppies and dogs new to a family’s home get used to a new setting. They include:

-Make sure a new dog is brought to a house when it’s not crowded and ensure the dog has its own room with a crate and play area.
-In order to avoid injuries and make sure the dog is comfortable at all times, cover wall outlets, electrical cords, and other things that a dog could get into.

While many of these tips seem like basic things a new dog owner would do, they are critically important. One of the main reasons that dogs attack other dogs and sometimes people in public places is they aren’t properly trained at home. If a dog is frightened of people or is put into a position of fear at home, it can lash out at people in public. Loving and providing extra training for your dog at home can go a long way toward ensuring they aren’t involved in any dog bite cases. Dog food company Eukanuba provides some additional tips to help new dog owners acclimate their pets to a new house:

-One way to avoid dog bite incidents with children is to make sure your dog is completely comfortable with their new housemates. Children usually gravitate toward a new puppy because they tend to be playful, just like the kids. But there should be ground rules. Playtime should be limited to 15 to 20 minutes no more than two or three times a day.
-No rough playing with the dog because tail-pulling and teasing can lead to other bad habits.
-Be gentle. Children shouldn’t yell at the puppy, because it can cause the dog to be startled.
-If the family owns other pets aside from the new puppy, they should be introduced to other animals gradually.
-The puppy should be in a crate or behind a gate the first time they meet and after a few days of sniffing, the puppy should be introduced without restrictions.
-Pet owners should also be aware that animals can get separation anxiety just like humans and this can lead to them acting out, sometimes in an aggressive manner.
-Puppies have just left their families for the first time and are unaware of their surroundings. Don’t scold them for misbehaving, but rather toss them a toy or treat or feed them to ease the transition.

All of these pieces of advice are designed to help new dog owners get used to their pets and the pets get used to their new settings. While dogs are pets, they are also wild animals that must be trained in order to avoid a serious injury in an attack.

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Owning a pet can have considerable costs associated with caring for them properly. For example, routine preventative measures for heartworms or ticks, vet bills, pet insurance, training, and food can all add up to a hefty monthly expense. Many pet owners have an impulse to go out and rescue a dog or puppy without considering the full impact that it can have on the family budget. When it comes down to it, parents provide for their kids before their pets which can leave pets neglected or abused. Dog bite lawyers are seeing more and more instances where a neglected dog has become aggressive. Inadequate attention, exercise, and training is a leading cause of aggression in dogs and can lead to severe injuries caused by a dog attack. It is estimated that the cost of raising a puppy through adulthood is approximately $9,400 to $14,000 over the course of the full lifespan. Even with a struggling economy, the annual spending on pets was roughly $48 billion last year. Surging gas prices will likely increase the routine costs of pet care even more in the immediate future. A recent survey conducted by Consumer Reports indicated that during the roughest times, only 16 percent of pet-owning respondents cut back on the amount of money they spent on their pets while the annual percentage spent on pets has grown 6 percent. Pet food, veterinary costs, and general pet care have risen 4 percent annually. Rather than neglect your dog or leave them in an abandoned alley ready to attack the next victim, we offer these helpful money-saving tips for pet care:

-It is estimated that Americans spend roughly $20 billion a year on pet food alone. Rather than buying premium blends, it is recommended that pet consumers buy generic brands with the same balanced and nutritional value as overpriced premium blends.
-Another viable option to save money is to clip coupons or watch for sale ads when the brand of dog food you purchase goes on sale.
-Many pet owners invest in pet insurance to help with costly routine vet bills or incidental accidents that can occur with taking care of a pet. Insurance premiums throughout the span of a dog’s life can add up on a monthly basis. Rather than continue a monthly premium in which the value rarely gets recuperated in a pet’s lifetime, start an emergency pet fund at home that can help with unforeseen pet expenditures or vet bills.
-If your dog requires prescription medication, go to a local chain store like Walgreens, CVS, or Target where you can apply for a prescription savings club for your family which can also include your pets. Some pharmacies are experimenting with PetRx programs to help cut costs of medications needed for your pet.
-Some veterinary offices charge hefty prices for pet care but most pet owners choose a veterinary based merely on convenience and not because they are the cheapest. When you choose a veterinary for your pet, shop around at local clinics or veterinary offices to see what a typical office visit costs which roughly speaking should range from $35 to $46.
-Pets require a monthly dose of flea and tick treatments which can add up. There are discount brands and stores that offer an affordable option compared to Frontline Plus and work the same magic keeping your pet free of fleas and ticks.

Every potential pet owner should give considerable thought to the expenses associated with caring for a pet before you bring the puppy or dog home. Neglecting or abandoning a dog is not the answer and constitutes putting others at risk of a dog bite from a potentially aggressive dog.

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A recent news column looked at what pet owners can do to avoid putting their dogs in a situation where they could end up being involved in a dog bite incident. While many people don’t consider it, how owners treat and train their dogs goes a long way toward determining whether they may be involved in a dog bite incident one day. Also avoiding putting their dog in a situation that could make them nervous or cause them to become defensive is critical to avoiding these problems. Dog bite attorneys have seen that owners are often the most responsible for these attacks. While the dog may be the one who did the actual biting, the owner’s negligence or poor training could be a leading factor in why it happened in the first place.

The columnist talks about walking with her German Shepherd in a dark alley one day and feeling like she was as protected as she could be because the dog was lunging at shadows. The woman realized that the dog was in fear, which is actually quite dangerous. The woman wrote that she was actually damaging the dog psychologically by putting him in that type of situation. Exposure to stimuli can create bad memories for a dog and can cause them to have violent reactions in future situations that cause recurring memories. These reactions are also difficult for pet owners to control. For dogs, fear and aggression go hand in hand. If a dog is put in a situation where they have “whale eye” — a look in their eyes when they look stressed and their eyes are wide open — they will react to it. Or, past events that remind them of the current situation can also make a dog attack. Owners often say that their dogs are protective around strangers, yet they have never bitten anyone. Even a dog that is protective and seemingly friendly can eventually snap based on a bad past experience that comes to the forefront of their minds. Some signs that a dog is going to be aggressive:

Freezing in its tracks
Circling the subject
Starting directly at a person
Tail wagging
Looking around aggressively
Whale eye
Pulling on a leash
Constantly sniffing the ground

These are just some signs that a dog may be ready to exhibit some aggressive behavior. There may be other signs as well. Dog owners who take their pets out on a walk or to a park must be aware of their dog at all times. Any small thing can cause a dog to have an adverse reaction and make them turn aggressive. That’s when dog bites happen. Owners may be liable for damages if they weren’t properly attending to their dog at the time. These incidents can leave major physical wounds as well as psychological problems for victims. They are serious. Proper training and care of a pet can make all the difference in the world.

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Dog bite attorneys know that two of the most fearful occupations to work in when it comes to being a victim of a dog attack are a postal worker and public service meter reader, especially when servicing homes where irresponsible dog owners reside. Even the friendliest pets know to be protective of their homes around strangers, which make service workers in constant threat of attack while doing their jobs.

One community is up in arms after being asked to put up mailboxes at the end of their driveway rather than continuing to have mail delivered right to their doorstep. Some residents have had to spend as much as $70 for new mail delivery procedures or risk not getting their mail delivered at all. Several previous dog attacks on the mail carrier have led to the U. S. Postal Service sending a letter to residents informing them of the change. Some residents are concerned not only about the safety of the mailman but also about the safety of young children and others who use the street daily. Nationwide, almost 5,700 postal workers were attacked in more than 1,400 cities each year. Houston, Texas topped the dog-attack charts on postal workers at 62. Even though a city didn’t make the Top 25 list of most dangerous postal service delivery cities, dog owners should remain vigilant about being responsible pet owners. Overall, the Postal Service shelled out more than $1 million in one year alone for medical expenses, pain and suffering to its employees. A third of all homeowner liability claims is because of dog attacks, costing Americans almost $413 million last year. There were almost 33,000 reconstructive surgeries performed nationwide to repair damages caused by dog attacks in one year alone. Most of these surgeries were performed on small children bitten on the face.

The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends these tips to become a responsible pet owner:

-Inactive dogs or dogs that are tethered for long periods of time have a tendency to become biters so keep your dogs exercised routinely.
-Dogs that are neutered tend to be less apt to take off searching for a mate
-Use extra precaution by putting your dog inside your home or contain it at the time of day you expect mail to be delivered.
-Take your dog to obedience training to learn how to maintain control at all times. Training sessions also help them to become more socialized with strangers and other dogs.

No matter what size of dog or breed you adopt, take the necessary precautions to avoid having a serious attack in your neighborhood.

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Pit Bulls are rarely the victims as they are an aggressive breed by nature and often attack with even the slightest provocation — or with no provocation at all. In the news recently has been the story of Scrappy the Pit Bull, left abandoned and abused by a dog owner, in a case that is sure to draw the ire of dog lovers everywhere. Dog bite lawyers want to remind pet owners that they are responsible for injuries caused by their dogs. Neglecting or mistreating a dog is a surefire way to end up with an aggressive and unpredictable animal on your hands. Even the best dogs can bite. Those who are not well-treated increase the risk of liability for their owners. One news report tells about a woman who left her dog tied to a railing before she left the state for over a week.

Scrappy, found by a maintenance worker the day before St. Patrick’s Day, was dropped down a trash chute and found in a garbage bag. The worker saw the bag move before finding the one-year-old pit bull who weighs half of its normal weight at 20 pounds. The worker alerted animal control who then took the dog to a veterinary clinic to be cared for. The dog owner in this case has been charged with the torment and torture of a living creature. Already in jail on an unrelated charge, the pet owner will be moved to the county jail, where bail is set at $10,000. Scrappy’s owner if convicted, could be fined up to $3,000 and face up to 18 months in jail for dumping her severely neglected dog and allowing it to almost starve to death.

Neglectful dog owners who don’t take care of their dogs are a growing concern throughout the country. Unrestrained and stressed-out dogs can often create problems in a community. Owning a dog is a responsibility. Even a bored dog can be a problem — let alone one that is neglected or mistreated. In a previous post on our Dog Bite Lawyer Blog, we reported how emergency rooms are filling up with dog bite victims these days as a result of irresponsible dog owners. Scrappy the Pit Bull, once he gains weight and improved health conditions, will be put up for adoption to a new owner. The reality is that Scrappy already has two strikes against him. The fact that he is an aggressive breed by nature, and that he is coming from an abused and neglected background, could make him a danger in the future. Pet owners taking on a challenge such as Scrappy are reminded to be responsible in their training. Being a responsible dog owner for a dog that has endured a tremendous amount of stress in its first year is vital in keeping everyone safe around you. And it means showing a young dog proper discipline, as well as the love and respect for which he yearns.

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As we head into the hot summer months, our dog bite lawyers want to remind pet owners to be responsible for their pets in severe temperatures. Dogs that become agitated from the heat are likely to lash out and cause a serious dog bite injury. Texas favors the victim by holding the pet owner accountable, so contact an experienced law firm to discuss your rights if an irritable dog has bitten you.

American Kennel Club offers the following summer safety tips to keep dogs complacent and hazard-free during the next few months:

Heat hazards
-Pets should never be left enclosed in a hot vehicle.
-Provide pets with plenty of cool, freshwater.
-Take walks shortly after sunrise or right before sunset to avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

General health
-Summer months bring a fair amount of contact with other dogs, animals, and people, so keep your dog up-to-date on their shots and vaccinations to avoid infectious diseases.
-Prevent fleas, ticks, and heartworm disease by maintaining scheduled applications monthly or as prescribed on the package.
-Chemically treated and fertilized lawns are hazardous to pets, so prevent them from walking on treated areas at least 24 hours from application.

Beach tips
-Don’t rely on salty ocean water for hydration – always keep fresh water available for your dog.
-Dogs can sunburn, especially short-haired dogs, so limit their sun exposure with an umbrella or shade tree.
-Check with local ordinances to make sure dogs are permitted on the beach you are visiting.
-Rinse your dog thoroughly after a trip to the beach. The salt and minerals from the ocean can damage their skin and coat.

Water safety
-Never let a dog over-exercise with swimming, especially if they are overweight. Swimming is strenuous and can tire them easily.
-Always supervise your pet while they are swimming.
-Never make a dog swim by throwing them in the water. Some dogs become stressed in water. Stressed and anxious dogs lead to vicious behavior and can leave victims at high risk for a dog bite.
-Teach your dog to swim if it doesn’t come naturally by lifting its hind legs when it begins to paddle.

Travel safety
-Pets traveling in vehicles should have a crate equipped with ice packs and good ventilation.
-If a dog is left in a motor home or RV with the engine running, check on them periodically and never leave the vehicle completely closed.
-Air conditioners can malfunction, so never rely on machines to keep your dog safe and cool.
-If your dog begins to pant uncontrollably, spray them with water and find a shaded spot outside. If your dog exhibits symptoms like rapid breathing, excessive drooling, uncontrollable urination, bright red, white or blue gums, or noisy breathing, they could be experiencing heatstroke. Take measures immediately to cool the dog down by giving them ice chips, spraying them with cold water, rubbing alcohol on their pads, and giving the dog Pedialyte to refuel them with electrolytes.

Responsible pet owners should keep their dogs comfortable in order to prevent vicious attacks. Keep your pet leashed and away from hazards if you detect them getting anxious or aggravated due to elevated temperatures.

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Most dog owners probably fear to some degree, encountering a pit bull either at a dog park or while they’re walking their own dog. Pit bulls have an innate nature of attacking people or other dogs with little or no warning, causing severe injury to pet owners or their pets. Owners of this dog breed have a responsibility to keep their dog controlled at all times in order to prevent a tragedy, but in too many instances we see dogs left to roam free. In the news recently was the story of two pit bulls roaming freely near an elementary school. Police had responded to a call that the two dogs were running loose in the area, and arrived to find a Jack Russell in the clutches of the pit bull. The second pit bull charged a police officer attempting to separate the two dogs. Both pit bulls were shot and killed to prevent injury to the police officer or death of the Terrier. The owner of the pit bulls was notified, and after an investigation it will be determined whether the owner will be charged for leaving the dogs unrestrained at his residence, allowing them to break loose.

Our dog bite lawyers become concerned when they see incidents like this because they wonder why a dog, no less a pit bull, was not contained on private property. Accidents can happen, but when you own a breed such as a pit bull you need to take every precaution to make sure they remain under control at all times in an effort to reduce the risks of attacks. It has been reported that 67 percent, or 22 of the 33 fatal dog attacks in the United States, were caused by pit bulls. Only 5 percent of the entire dog population comprises this breed. In a five-year span, 104 people were killed by a pit bull in the U. S. which equates to about 1 death every 21 days. In 33 percent of the deaths, there was more than one dog involved in the incident. Pit bulls are an extremely dangerous breed that warrants around-the-clock management and training. Pet owners who choose to adopt or rescue a pit bull are asked to follow these “commandments”:

-Never trust that your pit bull won’t engage in a fight with another dog or person.
-A pit bull should never run free while unsupervised by an adult. Never leave them unrestrained while no one is home.
-Same goes for alone and unsupervised with another dog. Never leave a pit bull alone and unrestrained.
-Always take a pit bull to training class.
-Make sure your pit bull gets plenty of supervised socialization around people.
-Never allow a pit bull to go unleashed in public.
-Never allow a pit bull to go unaccounted for and free to run the neighborhood streets.

Dog owners should always keep in mind they are responsible for their animals, and any injuries or negative consequences that occur as a result of the pet’s behavior. If you have been attacked by a pit bull, contact the dog bite lawyers at our Law Firm for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights.

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The fall season is upon us, the last of the mild temperatures, falling leaves, and days of sipping hot chocolate in front of a cozy fire. The changing season may be a welcome relief from the hot humid summer, but it brings danger to our four-legged friends. Our dog bite lawyers would like to make you aware of the top 11 fall dangers to your pet as fall or Indian Summer approaches. Many of the dangers could result in a canine becoming ill. We know that a dog that doesn’t feel well is unpredictable and can lash out at loved ones and strangers resulting in serious injury from a dog bite or attack.

-Antifreeze
Due to the sweet taste, more than 10,000 cats and dogs are poisoned annually by motor vehicle antifreeze. A small amount is lethal, 1 to 2 tablespoons can kill a cat and just a little more than that can cause death to a medium-sized dog.
-Allergies
Fall weather is not fun for pets with allergies. The worst offenders for causing biting, chewing, scratching, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and rashes are grass, dust, mold, and ragweed.
-Arthritis
For our older pets — as well as humans — the colder weather makes joint aches and pains worse. The good news is if your pet starts to limp or has trouble jumping, sitting, or is just slower getting around, it is typically a seasonal condition and will subside when warmer weather returns.
-Mushrooms
Humans may love mushrooms but they are toxic to dogs. It is extremely important to be aware if mushrooms are in your yard or on your favorite walking trails. Keep your dog away from them, especially if they are the small brown variety or the parasol-shaped kind. Mushroom poisoning causes diarrhea and vomiting in a mild cause to total liver failure in severe cases.
-Compost Pile
Our backyard compost pile may be great for the environment but is extremely hazardous to your pet. It is possible the pile may contain mycotoxins (a type of fungus) that can cause agitation, hyperthermia, drooling, and excessive panting. In some cases, it can even cause seizures.
-Rodents
We all hate when we see that furry little creature scurry across the shed or garage floor as colder temperatures approach. No one wants a family of mice or rats moving in for the winter, but getting rid of them could kill your pet. Anticoagulants, cholecalciferol, bromethalin, and phosphides are the four common types of poison used to get rid of rodents, and sadly your pet if they sniff or lick the hazard areas that contain them could be injured.
-Candy
Most people know that chocolate is toxic to dogs, particularly the baking kind. But most people don’t know that sugar-free sweeteners xylitol and raisins are too. Make sure you keep your Halloween candy out of reach of your pet. Candy wrappers and lollipop sticks when swallowed can lead to intestinal blockages.
-Thanksgiving
Humans may want to stuff themselves on Thanksgiving traditions but feeding your kitty or pooch fatty foods can lead to pancreatitis. Most know to never ever give your dog chicken or turkey bones. These bones splinter easily and if swallowed can be very damaging.
-Cold Weather
Outdoor dogs can handle the cold weather because they grow a thick double coat while indoor dogs do not. Never leave an indoor dog outside for an extended period of time. Some dogs may require a coat and booties when going for their daily walks in chilly temperatures. And just as humans can slip and fall on ice so can our dogs, leading to broken bones and torn ligaments.
-Decorations
Keep all holiday decorations, costumes, and fixtures away from your pets.
-Plants
The following holiday plants are toxic to your dog and can cause mild symptoms like a belly ache and diarrhea to organ damage and death so be extremely careful if you bring any into your home: Holly, mistletoe, poinsettia, amaryllis, -Thanksgiving and Christmas cactus, European and American bittersweet, chrysanthemum, Christmas rose, burning bush, autumn crocus, and Jerusalem cherry.

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A recent pit bull attack on a Yorkie dog has the owner seeking restitution from the pit bull owners. It is reported that the woman was walking her dog when a pit bull came running out of an alley and attacked her little dog. She bit the pit bull in an attempt to save her own dog but her Yorkie was killed in the attack. Police officials informed her that pet owners can be fined when their dogs are left unrestrained but in most cases, the fine never gets paid. Not all state laws protect victims or their pets who have been attacked by another dog but dog bite lawyers want to encourage dog bite victims to speak to an experienced attorney.

Our state happens to favor victims and their families who have been severely injured by someone’s pet and pet owners can be held strictly liable for their negligence when their pet attacks. Pet owners who opt to have a pit bull for a pet better take every necessary precaution in training and containing your dog that is prone to be vicious by nature. Far too many pit bull owners are negligent in trusting their pets to behave appropriately or allow them to roam free. We shudder every time we see a report of a child severely injured in a pit bull attack because very rarely can a child defend themself against a vicious dog. There was a 5-year-old girl who was recently attacked by a pit bull. The small child had been walking with her mother along the street when a pit bull managed to open the gate of its fenced-in yard and attacked the girl. The young girl suffered several cuts and punctures on her leg and a possible fracture of her shin bone according to medical reports. She was taken to a medical center for treatment. The pit bull owner was inside the home at the time of the attack. Police officials are charging the pet owner with failure to license a dog, possessing a vicious unmuzzled dog, and failing to keep the pet leashed or contained.

Pitbull owners must put these vicious animals through extensive behavior and obedience training in order to reduce the risk of these attacks from continually happening at any given time. Training should begin as soon as you bring the puppy home. Pitbull owners should get behavior training from a trained professional but the following are a few general tips to keep in mind:

-Dogs become aggressive when they are put in positions that require defending themselves so avoid confrontations with your pet.
-Take the control away from a dog by establishing a feeding time as opposed to constantly leaving food in their bowl so they are free to eat whenever they please.
-Never give a pet love and affection when they are asking for it. Instead, make them sit and wait before you give them any attention.
-Don’t get in the routine of overpraising a dog. Too much praise makes the reward unappreciative and ineffective.
-Give toys one at a time rather than disperse them throughout a living room or play area. Pets need to know that playtime is earned and a privilege.
-Never allow a pet on a couch or bed unless you ask it to join you. Dogs can feel authoritative when they are permitted at the same level as humans so pet owners need to be in control.

Pitbull owners owe it to others to keep their dogs contained so that severe attacks and injuries are kept to a minimum. Keeping your pet restrained on a leash or secured behind a fence must be achieved to keep you, your pet, and others safe and free from incidents.

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