El Paso Dog Bite Lawyer
Seek Justice & Pursue Fair Compensation
Being attacked by a dog can be one of the most frightening things a person experiences in his or her lifetime. In addition to experiencing serious physical injuries, a dog bite victim may suffer from lasting emotional trauma. It is important to seek justice and pursue fair compensation after such an incident. Holding the dog owner (or other at-fault party) responsible and recovering money for medical bills, lost earnings, and even psychological trauma can help a victim rebuild and move on.
Serving El Paso and the surrounding areas, we at Rafael C. Morales, Attorney at Law can provide the experienced legal representation you need after a dog attack. We realize this is a sensitive matter and will provide personalized, caring support combined with aggressive legal counsel to fully protect your best interests. With our understanding of Texas dog bite laws and how they affect your right to compensation, we can maximize your recovery.
Texas Dog Bite Laws
Texas is known as a “one bite” or “negligence” state when it comes to dog bites. In some other states, a dog owner can be held strictly liable for injuries his or her animal causes, regardless of whether the animal has bitten anyone in the past. In Texas, a dog bite victim must prove that the owner was negligent or that the dog was dangerous. This was established by the Texas Supreme Court in Marshall v. Ranne, 511 SW 2d 255 (Tex. S.C. 1974).
To recover damages caused by a dog bite, the victim must prove one of the following:
- The owner was negligent or violated a law, and this was the cause of the victim’s injuries; or
- The owner knew or should have reasonably known that the dog had vicious tendencies or had bitten someone in the past.