Texas’ Dog Bite Laws | What to Know

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As one can expect, dog attacks can be traumatic and result in severe physical, emotional, and financial burdens. In most circumstances, nothing can be done until the ambulance reaches the scene. However, if you can, you should take specific steps to document the incident and make sure that you acquire the medical treatment you need. If you have any questions or concerns, continue reading and give our skilled Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer a call today.

What are Texas’ dog bite laws?

If an individual is attacked by a dog unprovoked in Texas, the state will generally obey the “one bite” rule. Basically, in most circumstances, if this is the dog’s first attack and the owner had no reason to anticipate the dog would attack, the victim will often not have a valid claim. However, you may have a case if you were attacked and can establish that dog has attacked a person in the past and the dog owner either knew or should have known of the dog’s propensity for violence or aggressiveness.

If a dog has previously attacked a person, its owner must take the required steps to keep control of the dog and ensure it doesn’t attack anyone again. If a dog owner failed to do so and you were attacked, it is in your best interest to reach out to our personal injury attorneys as soon as you are able to. You should note, however, that if the dog owner can establish that you were either trespassing or you otherwise provoked the dog to attack in some way, you may not have a feasible case.

Can I recover financial compensation after an injury?

If you have been injured as a result of another party’s negligence, you may experience physical, financial, and emotional burdens. Some of these burdens may include pain and suffering, lost wages, exorbitant medical bills, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. When this occurs, you may deserve compensation to help ease these damages. But, in order to recover the compensation you need and deserve, you will have to provide proof of negligence. To do so, take pictures and videos of the scene of the injury. For instance, if there is no “dangerous dog” warning sign, take a photo to show the lack of signage. It is also important to work with an experienced attorney. A personal injury attorney may be able to help you obtain additional evidence, including security camera footage, police reports, and more.


Whether you were hurt in a motor vehicle collision, as a result of malpractice, or under any other circumstances due to no fault of your own, our firm is here to help. Contact White Personal Injury for a free consultation today.

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