Dog attacks and dog bites are not that uncommon in Houston. Every year, dog attacks lead to a huge number of disfiguring injuries and deaths in and around Houston. Children are at even greater risk when it comes to dog attacks. Get in touch with a professional Houston dog bite lawyer at Gomel & Associates in case you or your child has been attacked by a dog and suffered injuries. Call our personal injury firm today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you receive compensation.
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Who is at Fault for a Dog Bite Claim?
The owner of the dog can be held liable when a person is bitten or attacked by a dog.
Dog owner’s homeowner insurance policy typically covers the liability in such cases. In order to establish liability of the owner for the dog attack, several negligence factors are closely analyzed. It is possible to hold the owner liable for the injuries caused by a dog attack or a dog bite in case they either knew or should have known that their dog could bite or attack a person.
Not all the breeds of dogs are made equal. Some breeds are more likely to attack. Also, in case the dog owner is required to abide by any regulations such as containment ordinances or laws or leash, their liability could multiply manifold.
Get in touch with experienced Houston dog bite attorneys at Gomel & Associates. Our team of experienced lawyers will help you wade through the cumbersome judicial system and we will patiently answer any queries you might have about fixing responsibility for dog bites and dog attacks.
Does Texas Have Laws For Dog Bites?
You might be wondering who is held responsible for dog bites and who is going to pay for it. In Texas, there is no specific law dealing with dog bites and this is the reason, it’s called a one-bite-state. Simply put, it means that a dog owner could not be held liable in case there is no earlier instance where a person has been bitten by their dog or there is no evidence to suggest that their dog could have attacked another person.
However, it still possible to sue the owner for negligence by people who have been attacked or bitten by their dog.
It’s possible to sue a dog owner in case they were negligent in ensuring that nobody gets injured by their dog.
A dog owner can also be sued in case their dog initiates an attack on another person and they just let it happen without doing anything when the attack is in progress.
If the tenants in a property are attacked by a dog, the landlord can be sued for keeping a vicious dog on their property and for failing to protect the tenants.
There is also the Bystander law in Texas. Under this law, any individual who witnesses a dog bite or a dog attack, and who is close to the victim such as their child, parent or sibling, is also allowed to sue the dog owner. It is also recognized that witnessing a dog attack can lead to emotional distress and a dog owner is also liable for damages for causing emotional distress.
Dog bites should not be taken lightly. In severe dog attacks, victims might even lose their life.
If you or one of your loved ones has been injured due to a dog bite or dog attack, you need to get in touch with a reputed and qualified personal injury lawyer after receiving proper treatment for your injuries. It is necessary to hold the dog owner legally responsible for this incident to prevent such negligence in the future. Here at Gomel & Associates, our team of experienced lawyers can help you get an idea of the amount of compensation you might get for your injuries. It’s possible for you to get fair compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages as well as medical bills.
Dog Bite Injuries – Common Types
Quite a few research studies have concluded that children between the ages of 5 to 9 suffer the highest percentage of injuries due to dog bites. What’s even worse is that most of these attacks lead to injury on neck, face and head. Some of the most common injuries caused by dog attacks include:
- Broken bones and blood vessels.
- Severe muscle and nerve damage.
- Physical impairment and disfigurement.
- Lacerations and cuts of the skin leading to bleeding.
Who Pays for Dog Bite Injuries?
In many cases, victims of dog attacks are not sure whether they should pursue a claim against the dog owner for their medical expenses, pain and suffering as well as other damages due to the dog attack. It is important for you to recognize the fact that many people usually have insurance coverage to provide the necessary compensation deserved by you or your child. Here at Gomel & Associates, our team of lawyers has achieved great success in getting fair compensation for our clients in dog bite claims against dog owners with homeowner’s insurance. Homeowners insurance typically includes liability protection which also covers any dog bite claims.
In some cases, an auto insurance policy also offers protection for dog bite claims. In case the dog attack happened upon a property owned by a business, the coverage should be provided by their commercial insurance policy.
How Do Lawyers Prove Dog Bite Cases?
A dog owner isn’t always liable for damages for every dog attack or dog bite. In some cases, valid defenses are put forth by dog owners that typically include common sense in situations including:
If the dog was provoked intentionally by someone with the intent to hurt the dog, it’s a valid defense if that led to the attack. However, this defense does not protect against liability in case the dog attacked a child as the owner should not have been negligent enough to let their dog get near the child.
People often keep guard dogs to keep trespassers and criminals away from their property. In case a dog attacks a trespasser in an enclosed property, a defense could be claimed by the owner that they didn’t have any duty to protect the trespassers from the dog. However, this defense doesn’t apply in cases where people have implied or express permission to get inside their property. Some examples would include postal workers or meter readers.
Get in Touch With A Houston Dog Bite Lawyer at Gomel & Associates Today
In case you or your loved ones have been attacked by a dog and have suffered injuries, you should immediately get in touch with experienced personal injury lawyers at Gomel & Associates to know more about dog bite claims. Our team of experienced lawyers has dealt with many such cases and we have achieved great success rate in obtaining fair compensation for our clients in such claims.