Dog Bite Liability
By Shane Kadlec on June 18, 2018
Dogs are known to be man’s best friend; dogs can be a great source of companionship, but many also play the role of protector. Unfortunately, dogs may become excited or aggressive in situations where no protection is needed. If a dog bites or attacks, the injuries can be severe.
Attorney Shane R. Kadlec has extensive knowledge regarding dog bites and how they pertain to premises liability, which are laws put in place to hold property owners accountable for maintaining the safety of their home or business. Injury victims who have questions about dog bite liability in the Houston, TX area can work with Shane R. Kadlec and his legal team to ensure they receive any financial compensation they may be due for damages stemming from dog bite injuries.
Is the Dog Owner Always at Fault?
Some states have strict laws in place that always hold dog owners liable if their dog bites or injures someone. In Texas, these laws are not as strict. Dog bite cases require evidence showing that the dog owner should be held liable for damages.
To prove that a dog owner in the state of Texas is liable for a dog bite, the injury victim must be able to show at least one of the following:
- The dog had previously displayed aggressive behavior or had bitten another person in the past
- The owner was negligent in taking precautions to prevent the dog bite (i.e. they failed to lock up the dog or warn about the dog’s potential aggressiveness)
- The owner ignored leash laws and allowed the dog to roam freely
- The owner was somehow involved in causing the bite (i.e. they excited the dog, encouraged aggressive behavior, or instructed the dog to attack)
In some cases, there is clear evidence that the dog owner should be held liable for the dog’s actions. However, in other situations, the evidence may not be as clear. An experienced attorney, such as Shane R. Kadlec, knows what type of evidence is needed to build a strong case. He has experience in dog bite and premises liability cases and can help protect your legal rights.
Compensation for Damages
If Mr. Kadlec finds that a dog’s owner should have been able to prevent a dog bite from happening, that person or party may be held liable for any damages stemming from the dog bite injury. As in any personal injury case, victims may be able to collect compensation for losses such as medical expenses, lost wages from time away from work, and pain and suffering. Mr. Kadlec will carefully examine the facts of each dog bite case to ensure his clients receive the maximum compensation allowable by the law.
If you have been injured by a dog bite, you may be due financial compensation for your losses. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case with experienced attorney Shane R. Kadlec. Mr. Kadlec and his legal team will work hard to protect your rights and collect maximum compensation for your injuries.