Dallas Dog Bite Lawyer
Liability for a Dog Bite in Dallas, TX
In most states across the U.S., dog owners can be held strictly liable for injuries caused by their animals, regardless of whether or not the dog has previously bitten or engaged in aggressive behavior towards a human. Texas is one of less than half of states which still apply the centuries-old "one-bite rule." Under the one-bite rule, it is necessary to prove that the dog has a history of attacks or of vicious behavior, and that the dog's owner was aware of this fact. There are, however, certain circumstances under which you may be able to hold the owner of a dog accountable and to recover monetary damages for the losses you have suffered.
One way to approach a dog bite claim in Dallas is to assert that the dog's owner was in some way negligent in the handling of the animal, such as by violating the local leash laws or otherwise failing to exercise ordinary care. Similarly, the owner may be at fault for allowing the dog to run stray. Texas law also allows the victim or surviving family members to pursue damages on the grounds that the dog's owner failed to take action to stop an attack which is in progress. In addition to suing the dog's owner, it may be possible to pursue a premises liability claim against a landlord who is to blame for allowing the animal to reside on the property despite knowing of its vicious temperament.
Damages for Dog Bite Victims in Dallas
Depending on the circumstances of the attack, the dog's owner may be arrested and charged with a second- or third-degree felony, with a maximum punishment of up to $10,000 in fines and 20 years in prison. Even if the dog's owner is punished to the full extent of the law, there is no guarantee that you will receive financial compensation without taking legal action by filing a civil lawsuit. Your personal injury or wrongful death claim could provide you with monetary damages for your medical expenses and lost income, as well as damages for your pain, suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement and loss of enjoyment of life.
Texas law also makes it possible to file a bystander claim for the mental anguish suffered by a sibling, parent or child of the accident victim, provided that this person witnessed the attack and that it resulted in serious injury or death. Find out how much your claim may be worth and get the legal process started now by contacting the Mathur Law Offices, P.C., for a consultation with a Dallas personal injury lawyer!
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