Dog Bite Attorney in Houston
Victims injured by dog bites have legal avenues and actions available that will hold dog owners liable for compensating them for their damages. While these cases can vary considerably depending on the situation, a dog owner's negligence or carelessness must be proven in order for a personal injury claim to be successful. This means that the following elements must be established in a dog bite case:
- Defendant owns the dog
- Owner owed a duty to prevent the dog from injuring others
- Owner failed to exercise reasonable care
- Owner's failure resulted in another's injury
Dog Bite Laws
There are several laws that can be used when compiling successful dog bite injury claims. Texas recently adopted a statewide law that can subject owners to criminal charges in the event of fatal or serious dog bite injuries. In addition, there are also various leash laws and dangerous dog laws that can hold bearing on your claim. For example, if it can be proven that a dog has previously attacked someone, then the dog will be considered a dangerous animal. Under the Texas Health and Safety Code §822, owners of dangerous dogs who allow their animals to injure another person can be held liable for the damages that occurred.
Handling Complex Cases of Animal Attacks
With more than 150 years of combined experience, Stern Law Group is capable of handling complex and difficult cases. As claims concerning dog bites pose liability difficulties, involve conflicting and insubstantial legislation, and include other complications, it is essential that you allow a qualified attorney from our firm to handle your claim. Furthermore, many of these cases are complicated by the fact that some victims may be friends of the dog owner. It is important to know that these claims are filed against a person's insurance provider and that, with an attorney working on your behalf, you can alleviate much of these worries. Contact Stern Law Group to discuss your dog bite accident.