Dog Bites

Dog Bite Attorney in Austin, Texas

Were You Bitten by Someone Else’s Dog? You Have Rights.

In Texas, dog owners are responsible for the actions of their pets. Responsibility for properly training, disciplining and forming the dog's temperament lands squarely on the owner. While some dogs may be considered a dangerous breed, this is usually not the case. When a dog bites or hurts someone else, the dog owner is legally responsible.

If you have sustained a dog bite injury, it is imperative that you retain experienced legal representation. The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC is steadfast in our pursuit of justice for people who have been bitten, attacked or injured by dogs. Our personal injury lawyer in Austin is here to help you during this traumatic time, so please don't wait to give us a call.


If you were bitten or attacked by someone else’s dog, set up a free consultation with our firm.


Understanding How the “One Bite Rule” Works

Texas does not have a dog bite statute and is considered a "one-bite state." You might wonder, "What does this mean?" It means that if you were bitten or injured by a dog you can recover compensation from the dog owner if the dog bit someone in the past, or acted like it wanted to, and the owner was aware of the dog's previous actions.

This "one bite rule" can be difficult and frustrating to navigate, particularly if you are the person who has sustained the injury. Our Austin personal injury attorney provides knowledgeable legal help to dog bite victims. We can analyze the specific facts of the case, including the dog's past behavior. Negligent pet owners should be held responsible.

Filing a Claim on the Grounds of Negligence

In Texas, it is also possible for dog bite victims to file a personal injury claim by asserting that the pet owner was negligent. Unlike the "one bite rule," the victim would not have to prove that dog has bitten before or that the owner knew about the dog’s vicious tendencies. They would simply need to prove that the owner was negligent in handling the dog.

To file a claim based on negligence, the victim must be able to prove that:

  • The defendant owned or was in control of the dog
  • The defendant had a responsibility to prevent the attack
  • The defendant was negligent, or breached their duty of care
  • The defendant’s breach caused the victim’s injuries

Our Injury Lawyer Is Ready to Hear About Your Case

Sadly, a significant number of dog bite victims in Austin are children. Dog attacks involving children can be particularly traumatizing. Many children will suffer emotional and psychological scars along with their physical scars. Our injury attorney can obtain a full understanding of your child's injuries so that we can better represent your claim.

Our dog bite lawyer may be able to help you seek compensation for:

  • Therapy and counseling costs
  • Past and future medical bills
  • Past and future loss of income
  • Emotional pain / mental anguish
  • Physical pain and suffering

For adults and children alike, a dog bite injury may result in significant scarring and disfigurement, possibly requiring plastic surgery. The extent of your injury and your future medical needs will play a large role in our strategy for seeking compensation. You can trust that The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC will vigorously seek fair compensation for you.


Are you ready to discuss your case with a member of our team? Call us today at (512) 271-5112.