The compensation you may be able to recover in a dog bite case includes: mental anguish; current and future medical bills and care; pain; disfigurement; loss of income in the past; loss of income or opportunity in the future; loss of quality of life; defensive measures such as putting up a fence; loss of the value of a home because of the proximity of dangerous dogs; past counseling expenses and future psychological costs;and possibly punitive damages depending on the circumstances of the case.
Texas does allow closely related bystanders to recover compensation for emotional distress, but does not allow any plaintiff to sue for negligent infliction of mental anguish. For example, if a parent sees their child attacked, the parent may sue for the distress the parent suffered watching the attack.
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?
- Do I need to take pictures after being bitten by a dog?
- How is liability for a dog bite established?
- My mother witnessed a dog attack and someone said there was a possibility of filing a bystander claim. Is that possible?
- What are the most common factors showing a dog owner knew or should have known their animal may be vicious?
- What compensation can I recover in a dog bite case?
- 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?