Although dogs are often beloved members of our families, animals can still act out in ways we don’t fully understand. Even a well-trained and well-behaved dog may suddenly lunge out and bite or attack someone. In Houston, if you suffer a bite or attack from a dog with a history of attacks or viciousness, you may be entitled to seek compensation from the dog’s owner for your injuries and losses.
At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, our Houston dog bite attorneys work tirelessly to help innocent injury victims like you pursue a fair financial recovery for overwhelming losses. Our attorneys can help you get medical treatment and address difficulties caused by your injuries. Our firm will strive to take the burdens of your case off your shoulders by handling all the hard work so that you can stay focused on your treatment and getting back to your life.
Contact us to speak with a knowledgeable Houston dog bite lawyer in a free case evaluation. There are no costs upfront to work on your case, and you only pay us if we win money for you.
Texas Dog Bite Law
Texas follows a “one bite rule.” This means that to recover compensation after a dog bite, you must prove that:
- The dog’s owner knew the dog had previously bitten someone or was unusually aggressive.
- The dog’s owner was negligent in controlling the dog, and your injuries were directly caused by that negligence.
To establish negligence, you must prove that the owner did not exercise reasonable care in protecting others from a dog bite. Allowing a dog to roam without a leash is a common example of negligence by a dog owner. If you were injured by a dog in another way, such as being knocked down by a free-ranging large dog, you may also be entitled to recover damages for your injuries.
Compensation for Your Dog Bite Injuries in Houston
If you’ve suffered injuries after being bitten by someone’s dog, you may be entitled to money for the related losses, including:
- Medical expenses, such as hospitalization, surgeries, and prescriptions
- Long-term care costs like rehabilitation or home health services
- Lost wages and income from missed work
- Lost earning capacity when your injuries disable you from going back to your regular job
- Pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life, from physical scarring or disfigurement or from disabilities that interfere with your ability to complete daily tasks of living or to participate in activities
Defenses to Dog Bite Liability in Texas
Texas law offers two basic defenses to liability in a dog bite claim:
Lack of knowledge
The owner used reasonable care in controlling his or her dog, such as having the dog on a leash and did not know of any previous bites or aggressive tendencies.
In Texas, trespassing is an automatic defense against liability. If you are bitten by someone’s dog while unlawfully on the owner’s property, you may not recover damages from the dog owner.
Time Limit for Filing a Houston Dog Bite Lawsuit
When you’ve been bitten or attacked by someone else’s dog, the Texas statute of limitations on personal injury claims gives you two years to file a lawsuit seeking compensation. Minor children who are injured in dog attacks have two years from their 18th birthday to file suit.
Don’t wait to seek legal advice after a serious dog bite. If you miss the deadline for filing your claim, you will lose the right to seek compensation in court.