I understand very well why dogs are considered man's best friend. They are a beloved member of many families all over Texas, including Houston, South Houston, Pasadena, and beyond. These loving animals provide us with endless laughter and love. However, as a dog bite lawyer, I know dogs have animal instincts that can sometimes cause them to lash out and bite others unexpectedly.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 4.7 million dog bites occur every year, with about one in five of them requiring medical attention. Some are hospitalized, while some need years of physical therapy. Many dog bite victims suffer emotional trauma that can last a lifetime, especially when the victim is a child.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by someone else’s dog, reach out to my Texas law firm — Jose Orihuela, Attorney at Law — so you can seek compensation for your injury.
The Texas One-Bite Rule
I have represented hundreds of dog bite victims throughout Houston and Harris County over the years. Under Texas law, a dog bite victim may receive compensation for negligence, which is defined as a lack of ordinary care that a responsible person would exercise under the same or similar circumstances. Put simply, if the dog's owner or handler failed to control the dog to the extent necessary, the dog bite victim may initiate a lawsuit to recover damages for negligent handling.
The frequency and severity of dog bites in the state make Texas dog bite laws very important. Dog bites can occur at any time, and many, if not most, are preventable. That means the owner of the dog is often negligent. Under Texas dog bite law, the bite victim can be compensated for all of their injuries if the owner is proven negligent.
Is the Owner Responsible for My Injury?
If you have been bitten by someone's dog, I can tell you if you have grounds for a personal injury or premises liability lawsuit, and I can help you recover for your current and future medical expenses, your lost wages, and perhaps a lot more. My extensive experience as a Houston, Texas personal injury attorney will give you confidence that the responsible party will be held accountable.
Texas dog bite laws include a "one-bite rule." That means courts look at each dog individually and apply a "strict liability" standard to most cases. If a dog has been classified as "dangerous," which only takes one previous bite, the strict liability rule means the dog bite victim does not have to prove the dog's owner did not take reasonable care to restrain the dog; the bite victim need only prove the dog previously bit someone and that the owner knew about it.