Dog Bites

Texas Dog Bites Attorneys

Houston, Texas Dog Bite Attorneys

Although they can be welcome companions, dogs are still animals that may act aggressively towards people at any time and endanger our safety. When dog attacks occur, they often leave victims with physical and emotional scars that are difficult to heal — especially for children, who suffer about half of all dog attacks in the country.

In the course of our careers, Although nothing can truly replace the peace of mind lost in an attack, we can seek full compensation for your pain and suffering, and help you begin the process of moving forward with your life.

If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, call our attorneys at (832) 690-7000 for a free consultation to discuss your case and how we can help.

Texas Dog Bite Law

Texas law places the burden on dog bite victims to prove negligence on the owner’s part before recovering damages. This practice, known in TX as the “one bite rule,” is infamous for allowing a dog to bite ‘one’ person before the owner becomes liable for its behavior. If you have been bitten by a dog, recovering damages may depend on whether your lawyer can prove the dog’s owner:

  • Had knowledge of the dog biting someone or acting aggressively in the past, or
  • Was negligent in attempts to control the dog and prevent the attack from happening, directly leading to your injuries

This does not always exclude owners from being sued for compensation. If the owner knows that the particular breed of his dog is dangerous, or if recent events could possibly make the dog more aggressive, the owner could be liable for the first bite.

The city of Houston operates under a “dangerous dog” ordinance, which requires owners of more volatile breeds (pit bull terriers, Rottweilers, etc.) to carry at least $100,000 in liability insurance.

Still, it can be difficult for a victim to prove liability in a dog owner and recover damages for their injuries.  This makes it important that you have a dog bite attorney with experience investigating negligent dog owners. The laws involving the responsibilities of dog owners are tricky, and you need an attorney who can successfully build a case to hold them responsible.

Dog Bite Negligence in Texas

In Texas, proving negligence means establishing that the owner failed to use reasonable care to prevent an attack from happening, while also being aware that the dog was aggressive or dangerous.

For example, if you were bitten by an unsupervised dog who should not have been allowed to roam freely, you may be able to claim damages from negligence. Houston law specifically requires dogs be kept on leashes in public places or on private properties. If you were bitten by an unleashed dog in an area where dogs are required to be leashed, the owner may be in direct violation of this law.

If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, contact our attorneys today at (832) 690-7000 for a free consultation to discuss your case and how we can help.

Types of Dog Bites

The effects of a dog bite vary, depending on the dog and the person. Some of the most common consequences are:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Deep lacerations requiring surgery
  • Disfigurement
  • Severe scarring
  • Infection
  • Broken bones

Some injuries are more serious than others, but all of them carry risks disease risks such as rabies, as well as the emotional trauma of a violent dog attack.

What to Do If You Have Been Bitten By a Dog

After a dog bite it’s important you get medical treatment as soon as possible. Even if your injury does not seem serious, there is a risk the dog that bit you was carrying rabies or another transferable disease. Additionally, medical professionals will provide documentation of your injuries that will assist if you pursue a claim against the owner.

Take pictures of any injuries inflicted on you, and take down the name and address of the dog’s owner, as well as the breed of the dog. Collect contact information for anyone who may have seen the attack as well, because they may be important witnesses if the dog owner attempts to claim that the attack was provoked.

Report the attack to animal control or to the police, and describe the dog and the circumstances under which the attack happened. Then be sure to contact a dog bite lawyer at Pierce Skrabanek for a consultation. Our consultation are free and confidential, and carry no obligation. Take a moment to learn more about your rights by calling (832) 690-7000.

Proving Your Texas Dog Bite Case

Too often, Texas law protects dog owners from serious liability after an attack. Because of this, it is vital that you have a Texas dog bite attorney who has experience fighting the defense lawyers, proving fault and winning damages for your injuries.

At Pierce Skrabanek, our legal team will investigate to expose:

  1. The dog’s aggressive, vicious or dangerous past behavior
  2. The owner’s knowledge of this behavior, and any past actions taken in response to it
  3. The owner’s careless handling of the dog and negligent response to the situation causing your injury

When we take a dog bite case, we collect expert testimony, gather records of the dog and owner’s history, obtain verbal accounts of the encounter from neighbors and witnesses, and do everything we can to build a strong case that will get you the compensation you need to move on.

Call our office today at (832) 690-7000 for a free consultation to find out what you can expect moving forward, and how we can help.

Texas Dog Bite FAQ

In most cases, yes. Homeowner’s insurance providers are required to investigate each dog bite claim and cover any damages.

This depends on the circumstances of the attack. A “Beware of Dog” sign can be argued to have alerted people to the presence of a dangerous dog, but the specifics of the attack can still qualify the owner for liability.

Typically not. However, it’s possible that the particular circumstances of the attack may warrant damages. Contact the Texas dog bite lawyers at Pierce Skrabanek if you are unsure.

Proving that the owner was negligent in your attack is the best way to establish liability. This is done by way of the dog being off-leash, the dog’s prior history of dangerous behavior or the owner failing to act to stop the attack from happening.

Penalties vary from case to case. Contact a dog bite attorney to discuss what you may be eligible to receive.

This depends on the circumstances of the attack, as well as findings by the investigation of animal control.

Yes. Even for minor dog bites, the cost of medical care can be high and you should not be responsible for paying the cost of your injuries.

No. Insurance companies are out to save money, not spend it. It is important to have an experienced attorney on your side to make sure you receive fair and just compensation.

Property owners may still be found liable for attacks on their property. Most homeowners and apartment buildings carry insurance even if the tenants do not. Dog bite liability insurance may be covered under renter’s insurance for some people.

No, do not sign or agree to anything presented by an insurance company with consulting a dog bite attorney first. You may be signing away rights or agreeing to a settlement that is well below what you are actually entitled to.

Remember, our consultation are free and confidential, and carry no obligation. Take a moment to learn more about your rights by calling (832) 690-7000. We look forward to helping you.