Dog Bite Lawyers in Austin
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Animals have become a part of many Americans' everyday lives. Countless individuals keep pets in their homes. Most of the time, these animals become a part of the family.
However, some animals continue to be dangerous. An animal attack can be surprising and surprisingly painful. Given the prevalence of dogs as household pets, animal attacks involving dogs are quite common. Such an injury can be very serious, especially if the dog has not been properly vaccinated or if a child was involved. If you have been hurt in such an incident, you should be familiar with Texas' laws on the issue.
One-Bite Rule in Texas
Texas is one of only a few states that abide by the "one-bite rule." This means that that legal liability for a dog bite is based on one of the following:
- The owner knew that the dog had bitten someone previously or had the potential to bite a person
- The injury was caused by the negligence of the dog owner or handler
- Injury was caused by a violation of a leash law
- The injury was caused intentionally by the dog handler
If one of these points can be proven, the injured party can file a dog bite claim based on negligence. In addition to the "one bite law" two new dog bite laws went into effect in Texas in September 2007. Dog bite cases often are emotionally charged, especially when the dog owner and the victim cannot come to an agreement. This is a difficult situation that requires not only a skilled but a compassionate dog bite lawyer. A personal injury attorney from Zinda Law Group of Austin can provide you with that level of representation.
Injured in an animal attack?
Was the dog leashed? Did the dog handler have voice command or control over the dog to stop the attack? Did the attack occur on private property or in a public place such as a park? Did the dog handler try to prevent the attack in the first place?
These are all important questions to ask when you are considering filing your claim. The amount of compensation you can receive will depend on the circumstances surrounding the incident and the level of responsibility that the owner or keeper holds.
Although over 98% of bites are a result of a domestic dog or cat, many other animals can bite and injure people as well. According to the Texas Department of Health, animals such as: raccoons, opossums, javalinas, rabbits, rats and squirrels also inflict bites on humans.
You may be wondering, "what are my rights if I was bitten by one of these animals on public or private premises?" The answer to these questions and more may have a huge impact on your dog bite or animal bite case.