Dog Bites

About Dog Bites

According to the National Centers for Disease Control, each year dogs bite more than 4.5 million people in the United States. Of those, more than 750,000 have bites serious enough to require medical treatment. Children (especially boys) tend to receive a disproportionate share of the bites.

To protect the public from undue harm from dog attacks, all 50 states have passed dog bite laws in one form or another. However, there is no nationwide law for dog bite cases.

Liability must be proven in a dog attack case. This starts with the victim identifying the attacking dog and the dog’s owner or responsible party. There is always a case to be made if a dog owner violates confinement laws or knowingly harbors a dangerous animal.

In Texas, it is required to prove the dog owner is at fault based on “one bite” laws. Under these laws, a dog owner is not at fault for the first time a dog ever attacks a person. However, all subsequent incidents are the fault of the dog owner. Time lost from work, medical bills, and suffering are only a few of consequences dog biting can have.


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