Helping Clients Understand Legal Liability Following A Dog Bite Or Attack

Whether you are the victim of a dog attack or the owner of a dog that has allegedly bitten another person, there are many things you need to know about dog bite liability in Texas.

At the Law Offices of Nora M. Artalejo, we are committed to helping our clients navigate Texas' complex dog bite laws. Regardless of whether you are a dog bite victim or a dog owner, we can help explain your legal options in terms you can understand.

As a dog lover herself, attorney Nora M. Artalejo understands all too well the serious nature of dog bite cases. No matter the circumstances, she will carefully examine your case and create a personalized legal strategy aimed at achieving your specific goals. Let Ms. Artalejo put her more than 10 years of legal experience to work for you.

Contact the Law Offices of Nora M. Artalejo today if you have questions about legal liability following a dog attack or bite in Texas. We serve clients throughout El Paso and the surrounding communities and counties. To schedule a consultation with an experienced lawyer, email us online or call us at 915-519-4697.

Dog Owner Liability In Texas: The Basics

While a dog cannot be held legally accountable when it attacks, the same cannot be said about the dog's owner. In fact, under Texas law, a dog owner may be held liable for any injuries caused when his or her dog bites another person ― but only in certain situations.

For instance, Texas follows the one bite rule when it comes to personal injury claims following a dog attack or bite. Under this rule, a dog owner may be liable for injuries if he or she already knew, or had reason to know, that his or her dog was dangerous or likely to cause injury.

Therefore, if a dog previously exhibited some propensity for violence, such as biting, attacking or snapping at a person, the owner is considered to be on notice that his or her dog is dangerous ― and thus potentially liable if the dog subsequently injures a different person.

However, the process of proving liability can be complex and involve many additional factors, which is why it is always best to contact an attorney if you have been bit by a dog or, conversely, your dog has bit another person.