Houston’s Dog Bite Lawyer

Houston Dog Bite Lawyer

Houston Dog Bite Lawyer

Did you know that homeowner’s insurance covers insurance claims for personal injury inflicted by known dangerous dogs?  At the Law Office of Troy M. Moore, PLLC, as your Houston dog bite attorney, we will take your dog bite lawsuit and represent you as your Houston dog bite lawyer. 

Many times, dog owners fail to restrain dangerous, vicious dogs, or observe mandatory leash laws.  This inevitably results in personal injury insurance claims by the dog bite victims.  We represent dog bite victims in each dog bite lawsuit that we have the privilege of handling.  


Dangerous Dogs Pose a Threat to the Community


Law firms that handle case involving dog bite injuries must understand state laws regarding the threat that dangerous dogs pose to the community.  A Texas dog bite lawsuit against dog owners is required in order to make a recovery for damages that the injured person incurs.  A dog bite case and bite injury laws are consistent.  The law in Texas is that dog bite victims deserve compensation from dog bite injuries from known dangerous dogs.

A Previous Dog Bite by a Dog Puts the Dog Owner on Notice


Once a vicious animal bites another person (and particularly with a bite to the face), that event puts the dog owner on legal notice of the dangerous nature of the dog.  When, not if, but when that dog bites again, the dog owner is then civilly responsible in a court of law for the medical bills, pain and suffering, disfigurement, and lost wages as a measure of damages in the dog bite lawsuit.

Leash Laws Protect the Safety of the Community


Leash laws are common sense state laws that require dog owners to have their dogs on a leash if out in the public.  Indeed, leash laws protect the community from all unpredictable behavior of dogs.  Why someone would allow a dangerous dog to roam freely without a leash in a jurisdiction where leashes are required is beyond comprehension.  Violation of  laws by dangerous dog owners also leads to arguments for liability against the dog owners of a theory of liability called negligence per se.

A Dog Attack Case Begins with an Insurance Claim


You must make a dog bite claim with the insurance agent for the insurance claim to begin.  The insurance claim for the animal attack begins with notice to the insurance company — this is typically the homeowner’s insurance policy on their house.  State laws must be followed and if they are not, your odds of settling the case during the insurance claim process increase.

Injuries from Bites can be Life Altering


If the vicious animal bite does not kill the bite victim, often times the bite victim endures devastating and life altering injuries and disfigurement.  The aggression associated with the bite causes significant physical trauma to the injured body part.  Many times, you see dogs shaking their head while a person, another animal, or even a toy.  Dogs possess genetic encoding to perform that head shaking action.  As your dog bite lawyer in your dog bite lawsuit, we understand the mental anguish and pain and suffering you undoubtedly have every day.  

Dangerous Dog Definition


In Harris County, Texas, which includes Tomball, Cypress, Spring, and Northwest Houston, a dangerous dog is defined as:

Dangerous Dog: A dog that
(1) makes an unprovoked attack on a person that causes bodily injury and occurs in a place other than an enclosure in which the dog was being kept and that was reasonably certain to prevent the dog from leaving the enclosure on its own; or
(2) commits unprovoked acts in a place other than an enclosure in which the dog was being kept and that was reasonably certain to prevent the dog from leaving the enclosure on its own and those acts cause a person to reasonably believe that the dog will attack and cause bodily injury to that person.

Process of Having a Dog Declared to be Dangerous

The process starts at the Justice of the Peace.  Here are the steps for having a dog declared to by dangerous:

The Process of Declaring a Dog Dangerous

Step 1

A person goes to their Justice of the Peace court and fills out the Dangerous Dog Affidavit to begin the process.  The affidavit will ask for the person’s information, description of the dog, dog’s owner (name and address), and a description of the incident that led the person to believe the dog is dangerous.

Step 2

Justice of the Peace Court gives owner notice of the complaint. The owner, after receiving notification, has 5 days to deliver the animal to HCPH Veterinary Public Health where it will be held until the legal process is completed.

Step 3

Justice of the Peace Court sets a hearing not later than the 10th day after the dog is delivered to HCPH Veterinary Public Health. Owner and complainant are notified.

Step 4

Hearing held and Judge determines if dog meets the dangerous definition.

Step 5

If the declaration of dangerous is made, the owner has 30 days to comply with the requirements for keeping a Dangerous Dog, which includes liability insurance and a secure enclosure inspected by HCPH Veterinary Public Health.

If the dog is not declared dangerous it is released back to the owner.

“First Bite Free” Rule & Your Dog Bite Lawyer

In Texas, we have essentially a rule that effectively says the first bite is free as to liability of the dog owner.  The bite law says that once the dog has taken its one free bite, then the dog owner must answer in court for any future bites by the animal.  As your dog bite lawyer, we will fight for the maximum amount of money we can recover on your behalf for your dog bite lawsuit.

Free Case Evaluation

In conclusion, we offer a free case evaluation on all cases.  You need an experienced dog bite lawyer to help you with your case.  You cannot trust an insurance company to do the right thing, or take care of you.