An attack by a dog can by emotionally terrifying and cause severe injuries. Survivors need to cope physically and emotionally after being bitten. Children are especially at risk. They may not understand the threat a dog may pose, they’re much smaller than adults, and it’s much easier for a dog to bite a child’s face, head, or throat.
If you or a loved one were injured by a dog in Texas, call Anderson Injury Lawyers today. We will walk you through a claim and make sure you get the help you need. Call us today at (817) 294-1900 or use our online contact form to reach out.
Dog Attacks Are Too Common
Given the number of dogs, relatively few pose a serious threat to people. But the wrong dog, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, can cause severe injuries or death.
- One woman was killed and another injured by three pit bulls in Houston in 2019, reports CBS Dallas – Ft. Worth. The woman was injured early on a Saturday morning. Police arrived and she was treated at a hospital. Police received a call from the dogs’ owner soon afterward. He reported another attack on a woman in front of his home. Officers found the dead woman in a ditch. The dogs were taken away by authorities
- In October, a Connecticut Department of Agriculture hearing officer issued a proposed decision allowing euthanizing a dog that fatally mauled a 95-year-old woman in Suffield last November. Authorities say the pit bull mix is a danger to the public, according to the Hartford Courant. The victim was visiting the owner’s home when the dog attacked, deeply biting her lower extremities. The owners claim the dog greeted her too forcefully when the victim’s home health aide hit the dog with a metal stool, provoking it. The victim’s surviving son and executor of her estate sued the dog’s owners in December.
Texas Law and Dangerous Dogs
If you or a family member were bitten by a dog, you may have a legal right to seek compensation from its owner. Texas law has “one-bite” liability for the owner. That means you may be compensated for harm by the dog if its owner knew it bit someone or acted as if it wanted to before it injured you. Once the owner is aware of the dog’s past aggressiveness, they are liable for later violence by the dog. Also, Texas law can hold a dog owner responsible for the dog’s actions if the owner was negligent in handling the dog. Did they let the dog run free? Was the dog properly restrained or fenced in? Leashed?
After one incident, the dog may be labeled a dangerous dog by a municipal or county animal control office under Texas Health and Safety Code Section 822.041. Under Texas law a “dangerous dog” is one that:
- Makes an unprovoked attack on someone outside its enclosure and causes bodily injuries
- Commits acts outside its enclosure that would cause a person to reasonably believe it will attack and cause harm
If a dog has this label, it will help your case. If you experience what’s in this statute, contact your animal control office. If it bites you again, or someone else for the first time, future legal claims against the owner are more likely to succeed. Because of the “dangerous dog” label, the owner may also be ordered by a court to take additional precautions against another attack. If the owner fails to do so, the dog may be destroyed.
Dog Bite Lawsuits
Unless the dog owner intentionally used it to deliberately attack you, a lawsuit would be based on negligence. You would need to show the owner owed you a duty of care and needed to take reasonable precautions to protect you from the dog.
This could mean it’s safely kept on the owner’s property by a physical fence, an “invisible fence,” or securely attached to a rope or chain. When the dog is out in the public, it should be a leash and, depending on the dog, also wear a muzzle. If the owner fails to keep you safe and it causes harm, you may be able to obtain compensation from the owner.
Contact Anderson Injury Lawyers
If you or a family member were bitten by a dog and seriously injured, contact Anderson Injury Lawyers right away. Our attorneys have successfully represented dog bite victims and will fight for you to receive the fair and full compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation with an attorney at our firm today. Call (817) 294-1900, or reach out online to get started.