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 Austin personal injury lawyer is here to help you
during this traumatic time, so please don't wait to give us a call.
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 are children. Dog attacks
involving children can be particularly traumatizing. Many children will
suffer emotional and
psychological scars along with their physical scars. Our Austin dog bite 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.