Josh Gomez, 13, and Another Teen Injured in Monahans Dog Attack on Monday, September 23, 2013

Two teenage boys were severely injured on Monday after experiencing a dog attack near the intersection of West Third Street and Ilda Street, according to Monahans police. Gomez was attacked first at approximately 7:30 a.m. while he and his sister were walking to school. According to Gomez’ sister, the two Pit Bull Terriers attacked Josh from behind, and started to drag him off into an alley. Another witness was able to break up the fight by hitting the dogs with a stroller, and then drove the victim to Ward Memorial Hospital. Gomez was later transferred to Medical Center Hospital where remained Tuesday as he awaited a second surgery, which was scheduled for Thursday. Gomez’ wounds were so severe that medical personnel had to apply vacuum packs to multiple wounds to prevent infection. The second teen, whose name has yet to be released, was attacked later in the day while he was running for cross country practice and was also taken to Ward Center Hospital to be treated for his wounds; which included bite marks from his elbows to his wrists, as well as on his inner and back thigh areas. The second teen was released Monday afternoon, and returned to school on Tuesday. Although the owner of the dogs visited the victims at the hospital and offered a sincere apology, the victims’ families still hope that criminal charges are filed against the owner. Below is a photo of Josh Gomez in recovery after the attack on Monday, courtesty of oaoa.com:

 

 


Legal Commentary

Although criminal charges could include euthanization of the dogs and a fine to the owner for punitive purposes, it would be wise for the victims’ families to file personal injury civil claims as well. While a criminal charge would serve as punishment towards the dogs’ owner, a civil claim would require the owner to compensate the victims for the pain, suffering, and anguish they experienced during and after the attacks. The compensation from a civil claim would also ensure that the victims’ families are not burdened with the medical expenses for the treatment of the teenagers and would prevent them from paying out-of-pocket for injuries they could not control nor avoid. If you or a loved one have experienced an injury that was unavoidable, the successful personal injury attorneys at the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm can provide you with the legal expertise and representation necessary to effectively pursue a claim against the responsible party. To set up a free consultation, click here, or dial our office at 1.866.705.7584.

 

About the Author

Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in general personal injury claims, work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer's Profile.

 

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