It is no secret that American citizens have an ongoing love affair with dogs and puppies of all kinds. Whether they own a mixed breed or a purebred, most people never expect their furry friends to cause other people injury. Unfortunately, dog bites can and do occur in the state, usually on another person's property. Under certain conditions, which will appear later in this post, it may be possible for bite victims to file a premises liability suit against the owner of a dangerous dog.
Over the years, the laws surrounding dog attacks have become complicated in many states. Maybe this is because there are just so many pet dogs in the country, or perhaps it is because too many dog bites occur. In Texas, the law seems simple. There are just a few paragraphs devoted to dog bite law in the state. Breaking it down in an easily understood portion, the law says this about bites:
Dog owners are liable for bites/attacks as long as victims can prove negligence. Examples of such negligence include the following:
- The owner knew that the dog could be dangerous
- The owner failed to secure the animal properly
- The owner's unsecured dog makes an unprovoked attack on another person
Because the victim must prove negligence, the state's law is not as simple as it seems. In turn, this makes it challenging to pursue a premises liability suit over a dog bite. However, it is certainly not impossible, especially if you have legal assistance from an attorney experienced in premises liability as well as personal injury.
By working together, you and your lawyer have an excellent chance of filing a successful claim and acquiring the financial compensation you need to make a full recovery.