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Dog Bite Laws in Texas

In the state of Texas, the case Marshall v. Ranne established that to make a claim for a dog bite case you have to prove one of two things:

1. The dog owner knew the dog was aggressive in its behavior, had acted aggressively in the past or had bitten someone in the past
2. The owner negligently failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent the dog bite or control the dog, which resulted in the injury/bite

A bite is not the only injury covered by this ruling. If, for example, your new neighbor has a large dog jumps up on you, knocks you to the ground, and causes head or back injuries, you could pursue a potential claim against the dog owner using the same two stipulations aforementioned. In this case, the owner knew the dog was aggressive and jumped, or the owner did not exercise reasonable care to prevent the dog from jumping.

Some serious injuries result in a lifelong expenses
$ 1 . 5 - $ 5 M i l l i o n

is the expected lifetime cost to care for someone with a severe spinal cord injury.

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What to Do After a Dog Bite

Immediately after a dog bite, you should seek medical attention. If the wound is minor, you can clean it and schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. If it is more severe, you should visit Southwest General Hospital, San Antonio State Hospital, Northeast Baptist Hospital, Methodist Texan Hospital, or St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital for immediate care.

Once the injuries have been treated or cleaned, you should report the incident to the San Antonio Police Department. If there were any witnesses, you should gather statements from them and their contact information.

Document the injuries and any other details with photographs if possible. This can include pictures of your injuries, the dog, where it happened, the lack of leash/fencing for the yard, etc.

Then contact a San Antonio dog bite attorney to see what other steps you need to take.

What Legal Options Do You Have After a Dog Bite?

After sustaining a dog bite, you have a few legal options contingent upon the details of your case. First, you can file a police report with the San Antonio Police Department. This does not mean you are suing the dog owner or pursuing charges, but rather that you are submitting a formal report of the event. You can also submit this report through animal control. Submitting a report is beneficial for many reasons:

  • You can help prevent others from sustaining the same injuries. If the owner is warned that the report was filed, they might opt to take precautions against their dog biting in the future.
  • You can help your case down the line if you choose to pursue one. Having an official report is always beneficial because it can help explain what happened, provide official witness statements were there any at the scene, and allow you copies of information pertaining to the dog such as vaccination records or dog history.
  • You can help the dog if it is being abused or harmed. In such cases, animal abuse may go unreported and said