There are generally two different types of dog bite laws including strict liability dog bite laws and one bite dog bite laws. In Texas, pet owners are strictly liable for the injuries and damages caused by their pets once the pet is known to be dangerous. Legal protections related to dog bite injuries are important for victims of dog attacks to be familiar with.
Texas dog bite laws
Texas is referred to as a one bite rule state. This means that once an animal is known to be dangerous, the pet owner will be liable for any damages they cause. If the animal has not bitten anyone before, the victim must demonstrate that the animal had vicious propensities to be able to recover compensation for their damages.
In addition, there may be possible defenses to a dog bite claim for damages which can include the attack was provoked or it occurred on the owner’s property and the victim was trespassing. Several other defense options may be available as well so it is important to understand how to bring a claim for damages and when a pet owner is liable.
Dealing with a dog bite injury
Dog bites can cause physical and emotional and psychological injuries and harm and many dog bite victims are children. Damages can range broadly but may include medical expenses, lost earnings and pain and suffering. Dog bite liability is based on common law rather than any civil liability statute and can be complex which is why it is helpful for dog bite victims to be aware of the legal resources and remedies available to them.