Dog Bite Attorney Austin
Your dog may be a valued and trusted member of the family, but unfortunately, not every owner makes sure that their dogs are properly trained and handled. The American Humane Society reports that, on average, there are 4.7 million dog bites in the United States each year, and 800,000 of those bites require medical attention. Tragically, 82% of dog bites treated in emergency rooms involve children under the age of 15, and 70% of all fatalities occur among children under the age of 10.
Dogs are powerful animals, but there are a few ways you can help protect your family:
- Warn children not to approach dogs that are chained, caged, or tied up. Tethered dogs are more likely to be stressed and feel vulnerable, which leads to increased aggression.
- Caution your children to never touch or go near an eating dog.
- Teach your children to always ask the owner if they may pet the dog, and to stay away from a dog whose owner is not in sight.
- Educate children on the ways to interact with dogs. Show them how to treat them kindly.
- Never leave your children unsupervised around unfamiliar dogs, and do not leave young children alone with your family dog.
- If approached by a seemingly aggressive dog, stay calm, stand still with your arms at your sides, and do not make eye contact with the animal. When possible, move to safety and call animal control to report the dog.
Dog attacks are very serious and even life-threatening in some situations, and the owners must take responsibility for the actions of their pets. If your family was victimized in an attack, an Austin lawyer can help you fight for justice.
Explanation of Texas Dog Bite Laws
In the state of Texas, cases involving dog bites and animal attacks operate on the “one bite rule.” This rule states that an owner of an animal who attacks another person can and will be held strictly liable from the very first time an animal bites. The owner, however, can only be held liable if they had reason to believe that their animal was vicious and prone to biting.
For example, if the dog had never bitten before and had never acted aggressively before, the owner may not be held liable for the injuries. To be held liable, the dog must have previously bitten or acted like they would bite and the owner knew about this dog’s previous behavior.
The owner, however, can also be held liable if they in any way acted negligently. For example, if they had handled the animal with negligence, regardless of previous conduct of the dog, they could be considered responsible for the accident. Such would be the case if they let the dog roam freely without restraint or abusively mistreated it.
To prove liability in a dog bite case, the following must be proven:
- The defendant had control over the dog.
- They had a duty to prevent the dog from causing injuries.
- They breached that duty of care.
- That breach caused injury to the plaintiff.
If you or a loved one has recently been injured by a dog bite or animal attack, it is in your best interests to get the involvement of an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. At our firm, we can help you to fight for the just outcome that you deserve. If you would like to learn more about how we can protect your best interests, do not hesitate to give our firm a call today.
Call an Austin Dog Bite Lawyer Immediately!
The Loewy Law Firm is dedicated to representing those who are suffering from personal injury, including those that result from dog bites. Dogs are capable of causing serious injury and even death, and their owners are responsible for such damaging behavior. In Texas, dog bite victims can be entitled to compensation as a result of the owners’ negligence.
Our skilled and adamant attorney, Mr. Loewy, uses his knowledge to help obtain the best possible result for your case. Loewy Law Firm clients receive thorough attention and compassionate support, and we will offer the same to you. If you were the victim of a vicious dog attack, enlist the strong advocacy of the Loewy Law Firm to fight for the compensation you deserve.