Dog bites are painful injuries, and a dog attack can cause other serious injuries as well. If a dog knocks a person to the ground, the victim could sustain broken bones, head injuries, or other wounds. Dogs that have not had required vaccinations could pose an infection risk with a scratch or bite. When a dog bites a person, the victim’s first question is determining who is at fault for the attack.
Every state has unique laws concerning dog bites. Some states place strict liability on dog owners for the injuries and damages their pets cause. Texas adheres to a negligence law for dog bite cases. At Fielding Law, we believe that Dallas residents should understand the state’s laws concerning dog bites, so they know what to do in the event of a dog attack.
If you’ve suffered a dog bite injury in the Dallas area, contact the attorneys at Fielding Law to schedule a free consultation. Many dog bite victims suffer extensive injuries requiring costly medical treatment, and it’s vital for injured victims to hold negligent dog owners accountable. Contact us today to learn more about filing a personal injury claim for a dog bite in Texas, our Personal Injury Lawyers in Dallas are available 24/7
Texas applies a “one bite” rule for dog bite cases. Under this rule, an injured victim must be able to prove the dog’s owner was negligent in his or her care or handling of the dog, or that the dog had a history of a previous attack. Dog owners who know their pets are aggressive or have bitten people in the past must exercise reasonable care in preventing future attacks. Additionally, dog owners must properly restrain their pets while walking in public.
If a plaintiff believes a dog owner was negligent in some way, he or she will need to prove four things in court to succeed in a lawsuit against the dog owner:
In addition to proving the defendant’s negligence, the plaintiff must also prove that he or she was lawfully present at the scene of the attack. Trespassers cannot sue a dog owner if they were unlawfully present on private property, and the dog attacked to defend its home.