Dogs can provide a seemingly endless amount of love and companionship, but even the most harmless dogs can cause property damage and personal injuries. If your dog bites someone, or you or your pet were injured by someone else’s dog, it’s highly suggested you seek one of our experienced attorneys at Roberts Markland, LLP that specializes in dog bite lawsuits; we help you understand the details and process of pursuing a claim and will guide you through the entire process.
What Can I Do if I’m Injured by a Dog?
You have a number of options if you’re bitten by someone’s dog or other pet. Under Texas law, owners have a general duty to protect others from harm caused by their dog. This includes guests, workers on their property, and people in public places. Owners also have to obey local leash laws and statutes that create liability for those who own particularly dangerous animals or specific breeds of dogs. This doesn’t solely pertain to the owners however, in some cases animal caretakers (such as dog sitters or a kennel), property owners, and even landlords could be held responsible in some situations.
Texas statute enables an individual to file a lawsuit for the dog bite up to two years from the date the bite occurred. Texas is also a “one bite rule” state, however, this means that to recover damages, one must be able to prove that the dog’s owner knew the dog was aggressive or had previously bitten someone. The owner could also be sued for negligence in controlling the dog, like letting the dog get off the leash or without proper means of constraint.
For starters, you can pursue an insurance claim with the dog owner’s insurance company. Many homeowners’ insurance policies will cover an initial dog bite claim that occurs on the insured’s property. Dog bite attorneys can also be very helpful in dealing with the insurance company, using their knowledge and experience to negotiate a fair settlement.