Dog bite injuries
El Paso dog bite injury law has evolved in recent years.
In some parts of the United States a dog owner is liable for injuries caused to others by dog bites. Indeed, this is the law in most of the states. Some jurisdictions shift the burden of proof, requiring injured individuals to prove that the dog owner was negligent, before permitting a recovery. Typically, this would be done by introducing evidence that the dog owner reasonably should have known that his or her dog was dangerous, or alternatively, by establishing that the dog’s owner violated a law designed to promote safety with respect to dogs, such as a law requiring dogs to be on leash while in public. Liability for violating an ordinance, such as an animal control law, is known as negligence per se.
El Paso dog owners enjoy a level of protection not afforded to dog owners in most states. Texas does not have a dog bite statute. Rather, in El Paso, dog owners benefit from the one-bit rule, under which a victim can recover compensation for dog bite injuries if the injured individual can prove that the dog previously bit someone else or acted as if it was imminently going to bite someone and the dog owner was aware of it.
Dogs may be man’s best friend, but they are animals. As such, they can lash out when provoked. A dog’s sharp teeth can cause serious injuries to children and adults alike. We have seen a number of very sad fact patterns where children are permanently disfigured from dog bite injuries.
Immediately after a dog bite incident, you should, if possible remember to get the names and contact information of both the dog owner and any witnesses. You then should promptly seek the advice of an El Paso dog bite attorney to assist you in determining whether you can recover financial compensation. We offer absolutely FREE consultations with experienced dog bite lawyers.