Dog Bite Lawyer Houston, TX
Dog Bite Lawyer Houston, TX
If you have recently been bitten or otherwise attacked by a dog that is not your own, you may be wondering about whether you have any opportunities for legal recourse available to you at this time. The good news is that while the Texas legislature has not clearly articulated legal standards related to dog bites, Texas common law has. When you meet with the experienced legal team at John K. Zaid & Associates in a risk-free consultation setting, we can explain both how Texas law protects dog bite injury victims and how the law may apply to your unique circumstances.
Dog Bite Lawyer – Houston, TX
Not all Texas personal injury firms handle dog bite cases. Many choose to focus their practice on motor vehicle accident cases and/or medical malpractice matters. However, our firm’s Houston, TX dog bite lawyer team believes passionately in protecting the interests of animal attack victims. Therefore, you can rest assured that when you walk through our office doors, our attorneys are prepared to handle your case.
Texas Dog Bite Law – The Basics
In the case Marshall v. Ranne, the Texas Supreme Court outlined an animal attack legal standard that is commonly referred to as the “one bite rule.” Essentially, under Texas common law, if a dog or other domesticated animal has previously proven to be dangerous—usually by biting or attacking someone—the owner of that animal can be held strictly liable in the event that the animal bites another person. Meaning, that if the animal that bit you had previously attacked someone else, you won’t need to prove that the animal was vicious before you can recover compensation from its owner.
Conversely, if you were bitten or attacked by an animal that had not previously proven itself to be vicious (as defined by law), you’ll need to work with an attorney to prove this standard before you’ll be entitled to rightful compensation. You may also be able to recover a personal injury damages award if you and your attorney can prove that the animal’s owner should have been aware of a substantial and unjustifiable risk to the safety of others and failed to act on that risk. In either event, you may be entitled to substantial compensation at this time, so it is a good idea to explore your legal options with our firm’s assistance as soon as you can.
Legal Assistance Is Available
If you have not yet scheduled a risk-free consultation with the experienced Texas legal team at John K. Zaid & Associates, please do so now. Seeking legal guidance as quickly as you can in the wake of sustaining a dog bite injury will help to ensure that evidence that could make or break your case is quickly preserved. As soon as you speak with our team, we can—with your blessing—also begin speaking on your behalf with insurance representatives and others involved in your case so that you can focus on healing from your injuries. We look forward to speaking with you.