Texas Personal Injury Blog

9 Mar. 2016

What Types of Compensation Are Available to Clients in Dog Bite Cases?

Posted By Uvalle Law Firm, PLLC

Pet owners have a responsibility to ensure that their pets do not cause harm to another person. Unfortunately, some pet owners are careless in this regard, leading to serious dog attacks that can cause severe or even catastrophic injuries. Sadly, many of these injuries happen to young children.

When dog owners fail in this duty of care, they can be held responsible in the event that their dog injures or kills another person.

Dog bites or maulings can result in a number of serious injuries, including:

  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Eye injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Brain injury due to being knocked down
  • Broken bones from falls
  • Severe infections
  • Lasting emotional trauma

Victims of dog bites may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit to pursue damages. The types and amounts of damages pursuable in a given case depend on the severity of the injury, the level of pain and suffering, the permanence of the injuries, and how much income was lost by the victim during recovery. Generally, the following damages are recoverable in dog bite cases:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Costs for corrective surgeries
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost income

In particularly egregious cases, punitive damages may also be sought.

Texas’ “One Bite” Rule”

In Texas, there is no dog bite statute – instead, the state adheres to “common law strict liability” and the “one bite rule.” Under this rule, a victim can pursue compensation from the owner of a dangerous dog only id the owner was aware that the dog has bitten someone before or acted like they wanted to. Unfortunately, many dog owners may attempt to shield themselves from liability by claiming that they were unaware of their dog’s tendencies. Having a lawyer on your side is crucial to proving the following four elements:

  • The dog exhibited aggressive tendencies in the past
  • The owner knew about their dog’s behavior
  • The owner failed to exercise reasonable care to control the dog and prevent the bite
  • The owner’s failure resulted in injury to another person

Texas Dog Bite Victims Have Only Two Years to File a Claim

The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Texas is only two years, so victims should contact an attorney as soon as possible. A Dallas personal injury attorney at Uvalle Law Firm, PLLC is available to review your dog bite case free of charge. To get started, please contact our firm at (800) HURT-123. We are available 24/7 to take your call.

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