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Texas Law Regarding Dog Bite Injuries to a Child

 Posted on December 21, 2022 in Dog Bites

Dallas Dog Attack LawyerMany dogs are sweet, lovable companions. However, not every dog lives up to their reputation as "man's best friend." Dog attacks can lead to horrific injuries, including puncture wounds, lacerations, nerve and tendon damage, and broken bones. These injuries are also at a high risk of infection due to the bacteria and other pathogens found in a dog's mouth. Scarring and disfigurement, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, and other conditions are also possible consequences of a dog attack.

Sadly, young children are at an especially high risk of injuries from dog bites and dog attacks. If your child was injured by a dog, it is important to know your rights under Texas law.

Texas Strict Liability for Dog-Related Injuries

State law varies when it comes to dog-related injuries and deaths. In Texas, dog owners are generally liable for dog bite injuries if:

  • The owner knew or should have known that their dog was aggressive. This is usually demonstrated by evidence of past bitting behavior in the past.

  • The owner failed to use reasonable care to prevent the bite from happening.

  • The injured person's injuries were a result of the owner's negligence.

If these conditions are met, the dog owner may be required to pay monetary damages through a personal injury claim. Dog bites are not the only type of dog-related injury that may lead to a dog bite injury claim. For example, if a large dog knocks someone to the ground and they hit their head and suffer a traumatic brain injury, the dog owner may be liable.

Damages in a Dog Attack Injury Case

If your child was hurt in a dog attack, you may be able to recover financial compensation for damages. These may include:

  • Medical bills - Expenses related to emergency medical care, hospitalization, surgery, medication, physical therapy, mental health counseling, and other medical care may be compensable.

  • Lost earning capacity - A severe dog bite may limit your child's ability to earn income as an adult.

  • Pain and suffering - Compensation may be available for your child's physical pain and suffering.

  • Emotional distress - Being attacked by the dog can lead to life-long psychological complications. Compensation may also be available for your child's emotional distress. 

Contact a Dallas Dog Bite Injury Lawyer

Dog bites can lead to devastating physical, mental, and emotional injuries. If your child was injured by a dog, contact a Dallas County dog bite injury lawyer Jerry D. Andrews for help. You may be able to hold the negligent dog owner responsible and recover damages. Call 214-221-5800 for a free initial consultation.



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