Dog Bite Injury

Dog Bite Injury

In Texas, if a dog bites another person or animal, the dogs owner is responsible for paying any medical costs associated with the resulting injury. However, an injured person may be able to recover additional compensation, for pain and suffering, wages lost as a result of the injury, and more.
Texas is a one-bite state, which means that, in order to recover additional compensation, a person injured by a dog must prove that the dogs owner knew or should have been aware that the dog had an inclination toward viciousness. An owner would be considered aware of the dogs propensity for viciousness, for example, if the owner knew about prior incidents in which the dog, unprovoked, either bit or threatened another person or animal (snarling, baring teeth, lunging at them, etc.).
If a dog owner had knowledge of the dogs vicious propensity, in Texas that owner would be liable (i.e. legally responsible) for the harm that the dog inflicted. The injured party would not have to prove that the owner was negligent in his or her handling of the dog.
In addition, if the conduct of the dog owner was particularly blame-worthy, he or she may be ordered to pay punitive damages?an additional amount of money intended to punish the wrongdoer and to deter similar conduct.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that approximately 885,000 people receive medical attention for dog bite-related injuries each year; more than 31,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of such injuries.
If you or your child have been injured by a dog in Texas, please report the injury to the police; if nothing else, that would help any future victims prove that the owner knew that the dog was dangerous. You should also discuss your situation with an experienced New York personal injury attorney. You might be able to pursue compensation for the harm you suffered; however, you have only a limited period of time in which to do so.
At the Law Offices of Davis Smith, we take pride in our prompt, caring, effective representation of clients injured by dog bites in Texas.