Attorney for a Dog Bite?
If you are bitten by a dog, it is important to contact an experienced dog bite attorney right away. A dog bite is a form of personal injury, which means that under Texas law, you have two years from the date of bite to file a lawsuit. Your lawyer will help you understand whether it is worth pursuing a claim, and will guide you through the entire process.
Texas Dog Bite Law
Texas is a “one bite rule” state. This means that to recover damages, you must be able to prove that either:
· The dog’s owner knew the dog was aggressive or had previously bitten someone
· The dog's owner was negligent in controlling the dog, and that negligence was responsible for your injuries
In general, establishing negligence requires you to prove that the owner did not use reasonable care to protect others from being bitten by the dog. For example, allowing the dog to roam free is a common example of negligence. The negligence rule also applies to other dog-related injuries, such as being knocked down by an unleashed large dog.
Defenses to Dog Bite Liability in Texas
The dog owner will likely use one of two defenses against liability:
Lack of knowledge applies when the owner does not have knowledge of a previous bite or previous aggressive tendencies, and the owner used reasonable care to control the dog, such as walking it on a leash.
Trespassing is an automatic defense against liability for a dog bite in Texas. If you are unlawfully on someone’s property and his or her dog bites you, the dog owner is not responsible for your injuries.
A dog bite is nothing to take lightly. A dangerous dog is also a potential risk to others and anyone who’s been bitten should contact authorities to address the owner. Like any personal injury case, it is vital to seek representation from a skilled and experienced attorney in a dog bite case. Dog bite laws in Texas are a bit complex, and it will fall to you to prove that the owner is responsible for paying damages. A skilled attorney will review your case and help you choose the best course of action, and will stand by your side throughout the entire process.
If you were bitten by a dog in Houston, contact Roberts Markland LLP today at 713-630-0900 for a free case review and consultation.