San Antonio Animal Bite Lawyers
Texas Dog Bite Injury Attorneys
Every year, millions of Americans are attacked by animals. In fact, in 1994, over 4.7 million people were bitten by dogs alone. In many cases, the victim of a dog bite or animal attack may have a legal right to recover damages from the animal's owner or another responsible party.
Texas law supports imposition of liability in three instances pertaining to injuries caused by animals. First, the possessor of the domestic animal is strictly liable if that animal has known vicious propensities and injures someone. Second, the owner or keeper of an animal may be liable for negligent handling if the animal injures someone, even if the animal is not vicious. Finally, a landlord is negligent if a vicious dog injures someone in an area controlled by the landlord and the landlord had actual or imputed knowledge of the dog's vicious tendencies. In addition, local ordinances may establish a duty or standard of care pertaining to what is required of dog owners.
San Antonio, Texas, has a unique Municipal Court that handles nothing other than cases involving animals. The courts' docket is heavy with cases involving dog bites. People that let their dogs roam free or fail to vaccinate their dogs are subject to fines. The Court is trying to make pet owners more responsible. The Court does not have the power however to order pet owners to compensate people injured by dog bites. Dog bite cases can only be properly pursued in County or District Courts.
Contact a San Antonio Animal Bite Attorney
If you have been injured by an animal bite, Rush & Gransee, L.C. of San Antonio, Texas, has the experience to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us for legal advice and learn how we can put our knowledge and experience to work for you.
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