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Attacked by a Dog? Have you suffered a dog bite?

Houston is a  dog-friendly city.  No one can predict what a dog will do.  If a dog feels threatened, there’s a good chance that they’ll bite or attack.  There are hundreds of reported dog bites in Houston every year . A dog bite can cause severe injuries. In rare cases, dog bites and attacks can even be fatal.

Have you suffered an injury because of a dog bite in Houston and the surrounding areas?  You may be entitled to compensation from the dog’s owner.  Molina Law Firm can help. Contact our Houston law firm today to schedule a free consultation.  When you call, we’ll review your case and explain your legal options.

The Molina Law Firm has been representing accident victims for over 20 years.  Remember that when you retain Attorney Rick Molina, you pay nothing up front and we only collect a percentage of the compensation you receive only when we have won your case.  Attorney Rick Molina will aggressively represent you and fight on your behalf.  We have the knowledge, resources and experience to get you all the compensation for your loss, pain and suffering.

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Who are victims of dog bites?

Children tend to be victims of dog bites more than adults. In one study, 68 percent of the bite victims were children under the age of 11. More than half of those kids were under the age of three.

Dogs tend to get defensive when they feel provoked or threatened. Kids, especially very young kids, don’t always understand how to behave near or interact with animals safely. They also may not fully understand that their actions will elicit a response from a dog. As a result, a child may take a dog’s food, pull its tail, or taunt the animal. Some dogs may be prone to snap at the child in defense. This may help to explain why children tend to be involved in dog attacks more than adults.

Does Texas have a one bite rule?

Some states have laws on the books that say a dog owner can be liable for any injuries caused by a dog bite, regardless of that dog’s history of aggression. Others, including Texas, say that an owner isn’t automatically responsible for a dog’s violent behavior the first time around. Instead, under the one-bite rule, an owner is liable only if they knew that the dog had dangerous or vicious propensities.

In other words, the owner can avoid liability for the dog’s first bite. After that, the owner knows that the dog has a tendency to bite and has an obligation to try to prevent that from happening again. If they’re not successful and the dog does bite another person, the owner can be on the hook for resulting injuries and damages.

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Negligence vs. Strict Liability in Houston Dog Bite Cases

If you’ve been injured because of a dog bite in the Houston area, you may be entitled to compensation. There are two ways to frame your dog bite lawsuit. You can base your case on either negligence or strict liability.

Negligence

A dog owner might be liable for dog bite injuries if their own negligence contributed to the attack. Negligence occurs when:

  • A person has and breaches a duty of care to others, and
  • That breach causes an injury

Owners have a responsibility to limit the potential harm their dog could cause others. If an owner fails to control their dog, keep them in a fenced yard, or secure them on a leash, they may be considered negligent. When that negligence is a substantial factor in an injury or attack, the owner can be at fault and responsible for damages.

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Frequently asked questions about dog bites

  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible. The shock and confusion following an attack can often mean you are not aware of how serious your injuries are for days or even weeks. Dog bite wounds are prone to infection, so it is important that you see a physician immediately.
  • Document the details of the attack. Write down the dog owner’s name, contact information, insurance details, and location where the bite happened. Use this documentation when filing a dog bite report with your local authorities. This report can be useful when filing a legal claim.
  • Get the legal help you need. It is common for dog bite victims to face medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An experienced dog bite lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Without first knowing the details of your claim, we cannot determine the value of your case. Value is determined by a number of factors, including:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • The cost of medical treatment
  • The amount of lost wages related to your injury
  • Psychological trauma related to the attack
  • And more

Yes, it is possible to be compensated for your child’s dog bite injuries. Special rules apply when a child seeks a recovery for dog bite injuries.  As a parent you can be comparatively liable—or partially responsible—if it is determined that your child was not properly supervised at the time of the attack.

Talk to Attorney Rick Molina Today!

Although most dog bites may seem minor in nature, it can cause severe injuries and health conditions if not properly treated.  These treatments can cost a lot of time and money.  Attorney Rick Molina and the Molina Law Firm is here to help.  We will aggressively represent you by thoroughly investigating the case, gathering all pertinent information, determining present and future pain, suffering and loss then maximizing your compensation.

We work on a contingency basis so you pay us nothing up front and a percentage when we win your case.  We have helped hundreds of people over the past 20 years to get back on their feet after serious injuries and we can help you!

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