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.