Dog Bite Attorney in Houston
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The CDC estimates that there are more than 4.5 million dog bite victims in the United States every year. Dog bites can cause victims severe pain and disfigurement, and in the worst cases, they can even be fatal. Negligent owners who do not control their pets can face civil liability in Texas. 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:
- The defendant is the owner of the dog who caused the injury
- The owner owed a duty to prevent the dog from injuring others
- The owner failed to exercise reasonable care
- The owner's failure resulted in another's injury
Understanding Texas Dog Bite Laws
Texas adheres to the “one bite rule” and “common law strict liability” when it comes to handling dog bite cases. Ultimately, if a person chooses to keep a dangerous dog on their property, they are legally allowed to do so, but they can be held liable for any damage the dog causes pursuant to Texas Health and Safety Code §822.
Under the “one bite rule,” victims can pursue compensation from the owner of the dog owner if the owner was aware that the dog previously bit someone or acted like it wanted to. Unfortunately, dog owners can attempt to shield themselves from liability by claiming that they did not know about the dog’s tendencies.
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, a dog owner can be accused of “negligence per se” if they failed to abide by animal control laws (such as keeping their dogs leashed in public places) and their dog ran loose and caused someone injury.
- A Houston dog bite attorney may be able to help you get compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Reconstructive surgery
- Lost wages
- Physical & emotional pain & suffering
Texas has a two-year statute of limitations for bringing a personal injury suit for a dog bite, after which a dog bite victim will no longer have legal recourse. It is therefore crucial that dog bite victims take action and seek legal counsel promptly.
Handling Complex Animal Attack Cases in Houston, TX
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 many of these worries.
Contact Stern Law Group to discuss your dog bite accident.