Dogs are popular pets and some even consider them to be members of the family. However, dogs are not always man’s best friend, and many individuals are injured by dog bites in Corpus Christi every year especially at dog parks such as Kaiah Dog Park, Mustang Island State Park, Rockport Dog Park and Port Aransas Dog Park. Though dog owners are generally not liable for these injuries unless they knew that the animal was dangerous, dog bite victims may still be able to recover damages. At Ben Bronston & Associates, we fight for the rights of dog bite victims. We believe that all pet owners should be held accountable and will help you obtain meaningful compensation.
Generally, the one-bite rule applies in Texas which means that in order to be held liable, the dog owner must know that the dog was dangerous because the dog had previously bitten or attacked a person.
In addition, under the Texas Health and Safety Code, a dangerous dog is defined as one that attacks a person when unprovoked and causes that person serious bodily injury. Moreover, a dog that is not provoked and causes an individual to reasonably believe he or she will be attacked and suffer serious bodily injury is also considered dangerous.
A serious bodily injury is one that creates a substantial risk of death, results in death or causes an extended impairment of any body part or serious permanent disfigurement. Common dog bite injuries include:
While all dogs are capable of attacking innocent bystanders, dogs that are deemed to be dangerous include:
The state law also requires owners to protect the public by keeping dogs that are known to be dangerous in a fenced area or cage. If the dog is not in such an enclosed area, it must be leashed, or under the owner’s control. Further, an owner of a dangerous dog must maintain liability insurance for any potential attacks and also register the dog with a local animal control authority. If the dog has bitten before it is required by state law to be held in quarantine for 10 days.
Because of these requirements, dog bite victims may be able to recover damages on the basis of negligence. In order to have a valid claim, it is necessary to demonstrate that the owner failed to take the type of care in handling the dog that a reasonably prudent person would have taken under similar conditions. In addition, a dog owner who intentionally causes an attack can also be held liable.
At Ben Bronston & Associates, we help dog bite victims in Corpus Christi obtain compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenses and other damages. Our dedicated personal injury attorneys know that suffering a dog bit attack can be a traumatic experience, and children are especially vulnerable to serious physical and emotional harm. If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, let us help you fight to hold the owner accountable. Our law office helps accident victims in Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, Victoria, Kleberg County, Nueces County, San Patricio County, and throughout Texas.