The real question in situations such as the one you describe is just what constitutes provoking? If the dog was being beaten and bit you, you may or may not have a case. However, if you were merely petting the dog and it latched onto your arm, an insurance company could try to claim you provoked it. That said, it would be highly unlikely that a jury would see things that way. An accusation is just an accusation without any proof and it does not mean you do not have a case. Even if you did provoke the dog, then you may not be barred from making a dog bite claim, but your damages may be limited. Our dog bite injury attorney can determine if you have a case.
Other Dog Bite FAQs:
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- 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 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?
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- 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?
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- What are the worst injuries sustained during a dog attack?
- What compensation can I recover in a dog bite case?
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- What is the current law in Texas in regard to dog bites?
- Who are usually the victims of dog bites?