Legal Question in Personal Injury in Texas

My child was bitten by our neighbors dog and is receiving medical treatment. The neighbor has verbally agreed to pay medical costs but I have nothing in writing saying such.

What legal form can I use to document that the neighbor agrees to cover medical costs?

Asked on 12/21/12, 9:15 am

4 Answers from Attorneys

Parker Polan Briggle & Polan, PLLC

You should consult with a personal injury attorney. The dog owner's homeowner's insurance policy should cover the damages.

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Answered on 12/21/12, 9:23 am

Ken Gober (Austin TX) Lee, Gober & Reyna

If your neighbor has homeowners or renter's insurance, then the dog bite should be covered by that insurance policy.

There is more to you child's injury than just your out of pocket medical expenses, including any potential for scar, pain, mental anguish, etc..

Of course the goal is to try to make your child "whole", nothing can take the dog bite away, but your child has suffered more that medical bills.

It is not "un-neighborly" to make a claim against your neighbor's insurance policy. In fact, in making the claim against the insurance policy, your neighbor won't have to pay you anything out of pocket.

My best advice is to speak with a Texas Personal Injury Lawyer that handles dog bite cases.

I represent clients in dog bite cases across the State of Texas and am happy to offer a free phone consultation: 512-478-8080. And as always, my office does not charge a fee unless we are able to recover for our client.

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Answered on 12/21/12, 9:31 am
Donald McLeaish McLeaish&Associates;, P.C.

all comments are correct...hopefully neighbor had homeowner's insurance..we have settled many such if we can help 9722984641

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Answered on 12/21/12, 10:50 am
Roger Merrill Merrill & Associates

If your neighbor reneges, you can on behalf of your son sue him for your son's damages. If there's no homeowner's insurance, then you might have difficulty collecting any $. You may also have difficulty proving your neighbor liable. I don't know the circumstances surrounding how he came to be bitten; so it's hard to say whether your claim is strong or weak. You could sue for the breach of the promise too. In the end it all comes down to whether you can collect the $.

At this point, you may not want to have a signed legal agreement. It might be better to wait to see if he'll pay as promised.

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Answered on 12/21/12, 6:55 pm

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