Texas is one of the few states that still follow the old “one bite rule.” Essentially, this means that a dog owner may not be held liable for a first time dog bite injury, provided he/she had no prior knowledge or reason to believe his/her dog was dangerous at the time of the dog bite. However, there are very strict guidelines to this rule and that is why many dog bite injury claims are won each day.
First of all, if any proof at all, no matter how minor can be furnished that the dog in question posed a risk then there may in fact be a case. Secondly, the owner is responsible for properly containing his/her dog at all times. What this means is that a loose dog roaming the neighborhood that mauls a child may not be protected under the “one bite rule.” While it seems complicated and confusing, the truth of the matter is that it is pretty simple.
If an owner has done something or failed to do something for that matter and as a result a person was bitten by his/her dog, then compensation may be sought. Just as there are rules protecting dogs and their owners, there are most certainly rules protecting dog bite victims as well.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a dog bite incident and you feel there may have been cause to believe the dog was previously known to be dangerous then file a dog bite injury claim right away. If you are unsure as to whether or not you do have a case then the best thing to do is contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys. You have no way of knowing what your legal rights are in any matter without a competent attorney going over the facts of your case. More information on this website