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What compensation can I recover in a dog bite case?

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.

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