Dog Attacks

Georgetown Personal Injury Lawyer

Dog attacks can result in injury or even death. They can cause tremendous trauma and stress and leave a victim with scars, disfigurement and permanent pain. An owner can be held liable for the injuries caused by his or her dog.

Attorney Dan Gattis played a vital role in getting Lillian’s Law passed in 2007, which makes an owner’s negligence of a dog who causes injury or death a criminal offense.

Texas Dangerous Dog Act

The Texas Dangerous Dog Act is a law that applies to anyone who owns, possesses, or controls a dangerous dog. The Act is in Chapter 822 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, defines a "dangerous dog" as one that either (1) makes an unprovoked attack on a person that causes bodily injury or (2) commits unprovoked attacks that cause a person to reasonably believe that the dog will attack and cause bodily injury. The law imposes certain obligations on an owner, including obtaining insurance or delivering an animal to animal control after a determination that a dog is dangerous. The Act also provides criminal penalties for dangerous dog owners.

How does liability work?

Dog owners have a duty to ensure that their pets do not pose any danger or harm to other individuals.

Dog owners can be held liable under the following conditions:

  • They knew the dog had a dangerous propensity or had attacked another person before
  • The attack was caused by the owner’s negligence
  • The owner failed to keep their dog in an enclosed area or on a leash, or
  • The attack was intentionally caused by the dog owner

City Codes and Ordinances require that owners register their dogs with animal control, have them dog properly vaccinated for rabies, and restrained at all times. If they fail to do so and the dog attacks someone, the owner can face civil and criminal charges.

What to do After You are Attacked

Seek immediate medical attention for the injuries. Obtain all the records regarding the attack such as animal control records, medical records, police reports, and any other records regarding the occurrence.