Animal Attacks / Dog Bites
Dogs are members of our families. We nourish them, care for them, house them and love them. But, what happens when a dog bites and attacks someone? Who is responsible? The owner is. Dog attacks are a serious problem in Texas. It is estimated that about 350,000 people a year are bitten by dogs in Texas. Over 50,000 of these victims suffer injuries serious enough to require medical attention.
After being bitten by a dog, there are some important steps you should follow. You should be most concerned with your personal safety and medical treatment, but also keep in mind that you need to identify the dog that bit you. If you cannot accurately identify the animal later, your rights will be greatly affected.
Texas follows the ancient and outdated "one bite rule". This means that the dog may get a "free bite" of a person before the owner is then held responsible for a dog's attack. There are exceptions to the "one bite" rule. For instance, breeds deemed dangerous by nature (such as pit bulls, Dobermans, Rottweilers, etc.) don't get a "free bite". The "one bite" rules does not mean that there is nothing you can do. You don't have to suffer because of this rule. Martinez & Associates we will do all we can to help you.