Texas Rangers Pitcher Settles in Dog Bite Lawsuit

- Charles Ruhmann

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish has reached a settlement in a lawsuit connected with the firing of a personal assistant, and a related dog bite accident.

Darvish was named as one of the primary parties in the suit, which also included the sports agent and agency representing him.

According to the lawsuit, Alexander Witmer was hired in 2014 as Darvish’s personal assistant, and was expected to care for the 29-year-old pitcher’s animals, including three dogs. Court documents alleged that roughly one month later, one of the dogs bit Witmer on the cheek – an injury that required medical attention at an area hospital.

Several months later, Darvish’s agents fired Witmer, an incident he alleged was directly caused by the dog bite accident. Though the terms of the settlement were not divulged a Superior Court Judge was advised that the case had been resolved.

When dog bite accidents happen, they have the potential to cause significant injury or damage. If this occurs, victims should consult an experienced personal injury lawyer who will assist them in filing a personal injury claim.

Dog Bite Claims in Texas

Dog bite injuries, although not uncommon, can be tricky because laws governing these types of cases vary on a state-by-state basis. For example, in Texas, the law typically allows that a dog may or may not bite. Additionally, owners are not held strictly liable for dog bite incidents under Texas law.

However, one thing that Texas dog owners can be charged with is negligence. This is a common claim in personal injury cases, and those who can prove negligent handling are entitled to collect damages or other compensation to cover the extent of the injury, including:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical care
  • Pain and suffering

Because animal attacks most commonly occur in the home, victims are typically friends or family members of the dog owner. As a result, these types of cases can be particularly sensitive. But they need not be, especially when handled appropriately by a qualified attorney.

Do I Have a Personal Injury Claim?

If you or someone you know has been injured in an animal attack, like a dog bite, it is important that you consult with the proper legal and medical professionals, to determine whether or not you have a legitimate claim for personal injury.

In Texas and New Mexico, our personal injury attorneys at the Ruhmann Law Firm take pride in advocating and providing a voice to those who truly need it – the victims. We understand that dealing with significant personal injury is never easy, and that’s why we believe in handling cases with the upmost compassion and professionalism.

No matter what your situation might be, our team is prepared to protect your rights and liberties under the law. We can help you recover the full and fair settlement you deserve.

To get started, we invite you to call our office today at (915) 845-4529 to assess your complimentary initial consultation.