How is liability for a dog bite established?
There are two claims that can be filed in a case of a dog attack. One such way is by failing a negligence claim. For example, failing to properly restrain the dog is not the only way a dog owner may fail to use ordinary care. Other common situations occur when a dog owner may be negligent for failing to properly socialize the dog, failing to properly handle the dog or failing to properly train the dog.
The other common dog bite claim is called a strict liability claim. Under a strict liability claim, a person is strictly liable for the actions of the dog (or other domesticated animal) if (1) the person is the owner or possessor (for example, someone keeping or watching the dog for the owner) of the dog; (2) the dog had dangerous propensities abnormal to its class (in other words, is it more dangerous than typical dogs); (3) the person knew or had reason to know the dog had dangerous propensities; and (4) those propensities were a producing cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.
The difference between these two claims is that a strict liability claim requires proof that the dog owner knew the dog was dangerous, while a negligence claim does not have that requirement. We try to prove that the dog owner knew the dog was dangerous regardless of which claim we are making. Even for a negligence claim, if you can prove that the dog owner knew the dog was dangerous and still failed to properly handle, train or restrain the dog, the results will be better.
Other Dog Bite FAQs:
- Are dog bites a common occurrence?
- Are dog bites common in Texas?
- Are the dog bite laws the same across Texas?
- Are there some common misconceptions about dog bite liability?
- Can you sue for a dog bite in Texas?
- Do I have to prove that the animal that attacked me is vicious?
- Do I have to prove the dog that attacked me was vicious?
- Do I need to take pictures after being bitten by a dog?
- How is liability for a dog bite established?
- How long does it take for a dog bite case to get to/go through court?
- I think the dog that bit me might have rabies. What do I do now?
- I was bitten by a dog the other day and needed stitches. Who is responsible/liable for the dog biting me?
- My mother witnessed a dog attack and someone said there was a possibility of filing a bystander claim. Is that possible?
- My neighbor’s dog bit me and he accused me of provoking the canine. Does that mean I don’t have a lawsuit?
- What am I supposed to do if I get bitten by a dog?
- What are the most common factors showing a dog owner knew or should have known their animal may be vicious?
- What are the worst injuries sustained during a dog attack?
- What compensation can I recover in a dog bite case?
- What do I do if a dog bites me?
- What happens if a dog not previously regarded as dangerous bites me?
- What is the current law in Texas in regard to dog bites?
- Who are usually the victims of dog bites?
- Who is responsible for paying damages in a dog bite case?
- Who responsible for paying any damages after the dog attack?