It is sometimes possible to claim compensation for dog bites, but this is often difficult to do in Pearland.
Many people do not consider a dog bite to be a serious injury. However, a dog bite can have a serious impact on a victim. Dog bites not only cause the initial cuts and bruises that occur during the attack. They also cause infections, scarring, disfigurement, and sometimes victims experience embarrassment and humiliation for the rest of their lives. After a bite or attack, victims can hold dog owners liable for paying compensation for their injuries. This is much more difficult in Texas than many other states, though. Before filing a claim, dog bite victims should speak to a dog bite lawyer in Pearland, Texas.
Texas Law on Dog Bites
In Texas, there is no specific statute that deals with dog bites. Many other states have laws that hold dog owners strictly liable, or always liable, any time a dog bites or attacks another person. In Texas, victims of a dog bite must show that the owner was negligent in controlling the animal, particularly if the dog owner knew the animal had shown violent or aggressive behavior in the past.
There is one exception to this law. If victims can show that the dog owner knew the animal had bitten or attacked someone in the past, then the strict liability rule is applied. In these cases, victims do not have to show that the owner did not take proper measures to control the dog.
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Compensation for Dog Bites in Texas
After filing a claim, dog bite victims can receive damages for any injury or loss they incurred as a result of the dog bite. This compensation can include medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. Many people do not want to file a claim for this compensation because often, it was the dog owned by a friend or family member that bit them and they do not want to file a lawsuit against that person.
It is important to remember that if you were on the dog owner’s property at the time of the bite or attack, homeowner’s insurance will likely pay the compensation, and not the individual. This can also ensure that you will receive the full amount of compensation you need, which is sometimes significant after a dog bite.
Reporting a Dog Bite
It is much easier to hold dog owners liable for paying compensation for a dog bite when victims can prove that the dog owner knew of the dog’s violent history. Due to this, it is very important that dog bite victims always report bites and attacks to the authorities. In Pearland, anyone injured by a dog can report it to the Animal Services Department on the City of Pearland’s website.
Injured by a Dog? Call Our Texas Dog Bite Lawyers
If you were hurt by a dog, our Pearland dog bite lawyers at Scott M. Brown & Associates can help. We have the necessary experience to hold insurance companies, and dog owners, accountable for paying the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (281) 485-3620 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with one of our attorneys.