Texas law allows victims of dog bites and dog attacks to bring claims for monetary damages either under strict liability theory of law, and/or under negligence theory of law.
Under a strict liability claim, if a dog bites someone and the owner of the dog is aware of the dogs propensity to bite others; or if the dog has ever bitten another person, then the owner is strictly liable for the dog mauling victims injuries and suffering.
If the owner of the dog was in violation of a leash law and the dog attacks someone, the owner of the dog is also strictly liable.
If there was no prior conduct indicating that the dog might bite a person, a claim may still be brought for negligence against the dog owner.
If the dog has never shown any signs that it may bite someone but the owners of the canine have been inhumane or cruel to the pup then they can be held liable for your pain and suffering and injuries.
Mistreatment of animals has been shown to increase their likelihood of harming others and their owners should be brought to justice.
In 2007 the Texas Legislature passed Lillian’s Law making unprovoked dog attacks criminally punishable as third degree felonies. Though the statute does not provide for civil remedies such as money damages, the crime is subject to criminal penalties.
If you have been attacked or mauled by a dog, please immediately clean the wounds, seek immediate medical attention from a physician. Dog bite injuries are susceptible to infection and must be properly cleaned and looked at by a medical practitioner. Further, in some instances diseases such as rabies can be passed from dog to human.
Contact Shefman Law to help you with your dog attack case. Attorney Lenore Shefman has successfully litigated cases on behalf of UPS workers, Federal Express Workers, US Postal Service Workers and private citizens attacked and mauled by dogs. Put our experience to work for you.