Yes, Texas does permit
dog bite victims to obtain compensation for their injuries. However, it’s
not always so simple to establish the dog owner’s liability.
Texas operates under what is called a “one bite rule.” This
doctrine holds that a victim can recover compensation from a dog owner
if a) the dog previously bit a person or acted like it wanted to AND b)
the owner was aware of the dog’s previous conduct. If either of
these conditions is not met, the owner can’t be held liable under
the one bite rule.
However, the state also allows dog bite victims to recover compensation
for negligence. To establish negligence in a case, the victim must prove
that the dog owner did not exercise reasonable care to prevent the animal
from injuring others and that this breach in ownership duties brought
about the victim’s injuries. Negligence is often established, for
instance, when the owner violates an animal control law. If your city
has a leash law and you were bitten by a loose dog, the owner was acting
in a negligent manner and is liable for your injuries.
dog bite cases can receive compensation for medical bills, future medical care, lost
wages, pain, mental anguish, disfigurement, and impairment. If you’ve
been bitten by a dog,
contact the Kyle Law Firm today to set up a free consultation with one of our attorneys.