Can You Sue If a Dog Bites You in Texas?
If a dog in Texas bites you, you may be able to file a claim, but it depends.
What About the “One Bite Rule?”
You may have heard of the “one bite rule” that applies to dogs. This rule gives dog owners a pass – they are not liable for the first time their dog bites someone. If the attack occurs in a location where a one-bite rule exists, a dog owner cannot be liable for an attack unless the dog has a prior history. In Texas, we do not have a “one bite rule.”
Dog Bites are On the Rise In Texas:
Did you know that dog bites are on the rise in Texas? They are, in fact, on the rise across the entire nation as a whole. Recent numbers released by the CDC revealed that there are about 4.5 million dog bites each year. At least 750,000 of the 4.5 million dog bites result in injury requiring medical care, and over 300,000 people end up in the emergency room each year due to a dog bite. Many don’t realize just how big the “dog bite” problem is in Texas.
How Big is Texas’ Dog Bite Problem?
Between 2005 and 2013, Texas recorded 34 deaths resulting from dog attacks, a number that is far greater than other states. Even scarier is that a significant portion of the targets for dog bites and attacks are children (52% of dog bite victims are under three years old, and 68% are under 12 years old).
If You Sustain a Dog Bite Injury in Texas:
If a dog bites you in Texas, and you sustain an injury, do not post pictures or information about the situation on social media. You need to assume that the insurance company involved in the case will seek out this exact type of information online if you eventually file a claim. If you do post online, the insurance company handling your claim will find it, they will make copies of it, and they will twist your pictures and your words to use it against you in your case.
Insurance companies are very experienced in using any information they find to reduce, minimize, or even deny claims entirely. Their job is to protect the insurance company’s bottom line. So, don’t post online about the dog bite or attack. Don’t post about your visit to the doctor or the hospital. Don’t post about your injuries. Instead, get this information directly into the hands of an experienced personal injury attorney – posting it online puts it in the hands of anyone, everyone, and the opposing party’s insurance company.
Statute of Limitations for Filing Animal Attack Claims in Texas:
In Texas, the statute of limitations for filing an animal attack claim is two years. Don’t wait too long to file, and reach out to an experienced attorney as quickly as possible after the incident to ensure that any necessary investigation occurs promptly when the evidence is fresh and available. Your attorney will need to investigate the dog’s history, discuss the situation with neighbors or others who were previously injured by the dog, the dog’s veterinarian (if applicable), etc.
If you have injuries from a Texas dog bite and you need help to get the compensation you deserve, don’t waste any time. Get in touch with an experienced Texas personal injury attorney at Hudson Law. We can help you navigate the process to defend your legal rights and protect your financial and medical interests. We put Personal back into Personal Injury Law.