Houston Dog Bite Attorney

According to the CDC, there are over 4.5 million dog bites in the United States each year of which approximately 800,000 require medical attention.  In 2020, insurance companies paid out more that $854 million in dog bite related claims.  Although it may seem to be a minor occurrence, dog bites can cause serious physical damage as well as infections causing permanent scarring.  Dog bites that go untreated can be very dangerous and cause death if not properly treated by medical professionals.

Attorney Paul Moody is an experienced dog attorney that has helped thousands of injured victims get the most money for their pain and suffering resulting from the negligence of others..

What to do after a dog bite

Dog bites happen millions of times per year. Dog bites can become very serious, even those that seem minor.  If you have been bitten by a dog, the following steps should be taken:

Your health is your first priority.  1 in 5 dog bites results in infection of some sort.  It is important that you get medical attention from a professional to ensure the wound is properly cleaned and treated.  They will also know the process to make sure that the dog did not have rabies, or other infectious contagions that can threaten your health.  Additionally, if the wound is severe, you may need stitches and other cosmetic treatments to prevent scarring.

Houston and Harris County has an animal control department that you can report the incident with.  This may seem excessive, but it is a necessary and important step.  Animal control will conduct an investigation to make sure the animal is current on its rabies vaccinations and that the incident is properly recorded.  If animal control fails to act, there are other remedies available to you.

It is always a good idea to properly document any incident that results in an injury to you.  Get contact information for any witnesses especially those that have told you that the dog has a history of being aggressive or dangerous.  Take photos of the injury prior to any treatment and after treatment.

Contacting an attorney may seem to be overkill, but not all dog owners accept and take responsibility for their dog’s aggressive behavior.  A personal injury attorney that works on dog bites will know local codes and laws that cover dog bites as well as working with homeowners insurance and pet insurance policies to ensure that you are compensated for your medical bills, pain and suffering.

Dog Bite Statistics

Dog bites are a common occurrence and they can cause serious injuries and medical situations.  Below you will find some national statistics:

Insurance payments related to dog bites
Dog bites each year
Increase in hospitalization
Avg cost of dog bite hospital stay

Texas Dangerous Dog Law

The State of Texas has set forth minimum laws that people who know they have an aggressive dog or one that has shown that it will attack unprovoked to register the dog with local animal control.  Enforcement of this provision is spotty at best since the owner can simply claim that he/she did not know the dog was dangerous.  Local codes may have even more stringent laws to cover aggressive dogs.  That is why it is important that you report any dog bites to the local animal control so that documentation can be started.  If you have been seriously injured due to a dog bite, consult with the Moody Law Firm to see what your options are.  They are well versed in local animal codes so that you can make an informed decision on what steps you will take.  If we represent you, then we will take witness statement and other actions to get you compensated for your injuries and any other loss.

Frequently Asked Dog Bite Questions

Texas has no statewide “leash law,” but Houston and several other cities have local laws that require dog owners to leash, muzzle or otherwise restrain their dogs at all times when they are in public areas. Under the Houston Municipal Code, a dog owner “or any other person with the right of possession” of the dog must ensure that the animal does not “run at large.” The Code defines “running at large” as allowing the animal to be on public or private property without the owner or handler having “direct physical control” of the animal. This is a strict liability law. In other words, a person can be found guilty of violating it “without regard to whether the person was acting with a culpable mental state.”

Lillian’s law is a law that was enacted to stiffen the criminal penalties (i.e. more jail time) for persons found criminally negligent when their dog attacks someone resulting in serious injury or death. Lillian’s law is named after Lillian Stiles, a 76-year-old woman who was mauled to death by a pack of pitbull/rottweiler mixes that escaped from a 3-foot high fence in her neighbor down the street’s yard came onto her property and attacked her while she was mowing the yard.

If you have suffered a dog bite you may be entitled to receive compensation for medical treatment you received and may continue to need, lost wages, and mental anguish. Many victims of dog bites suffer psychological damage and develop anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder following a vicious attack.

Paul Is Here To Help You

Although dog bites happen everyday, most people do not seek compensation for the damages they incurred or even know that homeowners insurance policies may cover dog bites by their owners.  In addition, insurance companies will fight back determining that maybe the dog was provoked or you were on their property or using the “one bite rule” to not pay for medical expenses.  If you have been seriously injured due to a dog bite and you know who the owner was or we can help find the owner, attorney Paul Moody will work tirelessly on your behalf using local codes and laws to compel the insurance company to pay you for your losses.

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