Dog Bite Attorney

Approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year according to the CDC.  Sadly, many of these dog bite victims are children.  Medical bills are just the tip of the iceberg compared to the emotional and physical scars that our clients experience as the result of irresponsible dog owners.  A person attacked by a dog may have a claim against the dog owner, a landlord, property owner, homeowners association or other entity.  Often, dog attack victims are unsure how to proceed after a dog bite.  

Hire an Attorney Experienced with Dog Bite Cases

You should consult with an attorney who has experience handling dog bite cases.  An inexperienced attorney may leave money on the table because:

  • the attorney does not know all the applicable statutes; 
  • the attorney has difficulty determining all the potential parties that may have responsibility for the attack; or 
  • the attorney will not litigate the case if he cannot obtain a fast and easy settlement. 

Attorney O’Hara has represented many dog bite victims.  Their injuries range from puncture wounds to permanent, disabling impairment and disfigurement.  The cases have resulted in compensation as high as seven figures.  Click here for some past case results including dog bite lawsuits.

If you have been injured by a dog, contact the O'Hara Law Firm in Houston for a free consultation. We do not get paid unless you receive compensation. Learn about your options today.


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Compensation for Children

Children often have future medical needs as a result of dog attacks.  Often, children will need future cosmetic surgery to reduce scarring or disfigurement.  Attorney O’Hara helps parents understand the care their child may need in regard to future medical treatment.  He can also help you find a medical provider if you have difficulty locating a medical provider that will treat you or your child. 

Texas Dog Bite Law

Common Law – First Bite is Free

Texas follows the common law principle that a victim of a dog bite may recover compensation from the owner or keeper of a dog if: (1) the dog previously bit a person or showed aggression towards a person; and (2) the owner or keeper of the dog was aware of the dog’s conduct prior to biting the victim.  This doctrine is grounds for recovery if both elements are met.  

A victim may also pursue a claim against an owner or handler of a dog if the person was negligent, failed to use ordinary care.  Even if the dog has never bitten before, an owner may be found responsible for the attack if the dog owner was negligent.  An example of negligent behavior would be allowing a newly adopted dog to play with young children unsupervised.  Under a negligence theory, it is not necessary to prove that the dog bit someone else in the past or exhibited aggressive behavior.  

Dangerous Dog

Texas Health and Safety Code has government procedures for declaring a dog a “dangerous dog.”  A “dangerous dog” is a dog that makes an unprovoked attack on a person that causes bodily injury and occurs in a place other than an enclosure in which the dog was being kept.  If a dog is declared a “dangerous dog,” the owner must carry $100,000 of liability insurance, and it is easy for a victim to prove liability if the dog was already declared dangerous before the attack. 

Leash Laws

Counties and cities across Texas have their own laws regarding restraining and leashing pets.  If a dog is unrestrained and bites someone in a jurisdiction that requires a dog to be leashed, the victim may sue the dog owner or person in charge of the dog under the theory of negligence per se.  The dog owner violated a Texas statute that was designed to prevent harm to citizens from dogs roaming unrestrained.  

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