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Many times, dog bite victims are not only confused emotionally, but are also hurting physically. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you need help, and there are certain things you must do to protect and preserve your dog bite injury claim. At Barrus Injury Lawyers, our San Antonio Texas dog bite lawyers are here to help you through this difficult time, and to answer your important and urgent questions.
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Dog owners have a responsibility to keep their pets restrained or on a leash, especially when their dogs are around other people. This responsibility also means that owners can be held accountable if their dogs bite.

If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, call the Barrus Injury Lawyers to speak with one of our San Antonio dog bite attorneys. Our Texas dog bite attorneys are dedicated to holding dog owners accountable, and we’ll do everything we can to get you the maximum value for your claim.

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Our first priority is to make sure you get better. We understand that dealing with dog bite injuries can be difficult, and financially burdensome – this is why we do everything we can to make sure you get the help you need.

Our San Antonio dog bite attorneys can help make arrangements for your medical care, and if you can’t make it to our office for a free consultation, we can come to you.

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San Antonio Dog Bite AttorneysFollowing a dog bite injury, we know that you will have a lot of questions you need answered – we are here to help! We encourage you to review the information prepared by our San Antonio dog bite injury lawyers, which is contained in this section of our website. You will find helpful information such as:

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After you have reviewed the information on our website about Texas dog bite injuries, we know that you will probably still have questions. Therefore, we encourage you to contact us with any additional questions you have about your dog bite injury case. Please use the “Ask a Question” section on our website to send us a question, or call us at (210) 910-4357 to talk about your case. We offer a FREE no obligation consultation about your case – We are here for you and we want to help!

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The Barrus Injury Lawyers helps San Antonio and South Texas dog bite injury victims just like you, and we know the enormous difficulties presented by your injuries.

Our number one priority is to see you get back on your feet after a dog bite injury, which is why we fight hard to get the justice and compensation you deserve. You shouldn’t have to fight this battle alone – contact our San Antonio and South Texas dog bite lawyers today, and find out how it feels to have an experienced attorney fighting for you while you concentrate on what is most important – YOUR HEALTH! At Barrus Injury Lawyers, you come FIRST.

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There are several different theories under which those harmed by dog bites (or other animals) can seek compensation from the animal’s owner. These theories include: negligence, violation of animal control laws (neglicence per se), failing to stop a dog attack in progress, and keeping a breed of dog that is known to have dangerous propensities.

See “Does Texas Have a “One Free Bite” Rule?” below for more specific Texas laws regarding animal bites.

One Bite Rule

Texas does follow the so-called “One Bite Rule,” but this title is really somewhat misleading. It doesn’t necessarily mean that a dog’s owner isn’t liable if the dog has never bitten someone before…in other words, they really don’t get “one free bite” before the owner can be held liable.

In the case Marshall v. Ranne, the Texas Supreme Court applied the Restatement of Torts, Section 509, which sets forth the doctrine that is often called the “one free bite rule.” The doctrine basically sets forth a two-part test that needs to be met before an animal’s owner can be held liable for biting or attacking someone. The injured person must show both:

  • The animal had a propensity to harm another (either because it had bitten someone before, or acted in an aggressive manner, like it was going to bite someone), AND
  • The defendant (owner) was aware of the previous aggressive conduct.

If either of the two conditions aren’t met, it will be difficult to hold the animal’s owner liable under a theory of negligence.

Exceptions to the “One Free Bite” Rule

There are several exceptions to the “one free bite” rule, and depending on the facts of your case, there could be other ways to hold the owner of a dog accountable for your injuries.

Negligence Per Se

For example, if the animal’s owner was in violation of animal control laws, such as leash laws, or owning an illegal animal (like a tiger), etc. the owner may be held liable under a “negligence per se” theory because it’s presumed that they are negligence because they were breaking the law at the time of the attack.

Vicious Animal Exception

Under the “one free bite” theory outlined above, all an injured person needs to prove is that the dog’s owner knew or should have known that the dog had dangerous propensities. There are certain breeds of dogs, such as Pit Bulls, where the owner of such an animal is automatically put on notice of the dog’s dangerous propensities, and therefore they knew or should have known of the possibility that the dog would bite someone. Owners of these animals will have a difficult time relying on the fact that the dog hadn’t bitten anyone as a defense strategy.

The owner of an animal, and in some cases the guardian or keeper of an animal who bites you is liable to pay for your medical bills and other damages (or their homeowner’s insurance will) as long as you’re able to meet the two part test outlined above in the “Does Texas Have a “One Free Bite” Rule?” section.

Being on a dog owner’s property doesn’t automatically mean you don’t have a case. It just depends on the circumstances. For example, if your child was invited to a birthday party at another child’s home, and the homeowner’s dog bites your child, you would likely have a case, regardless of the fact that

After a dog bite, or other animal attack, it’s important to 1) get medical treatment as soon as possible, and 2) move quickly to gather evidence, and investigate the circumstances and ownership of the animal that attacked you.

Often times this is hard for injured victims because they are hurt, and are likely in shock at what happened. This often causes people to delay, allowing important evidence to slip away, get lost, or even destroyed. Sometimes the dog is moved to a family member’s house, and the owner will claim it wasn’t their dog, etc.

Don’t risk your case by failing to handle your case quickly from the start. You should be focused on getting better, and we’ll focus on gathering evidence for your case. After all, we don’t charge any fee upfront, and you never pay us a penny until we get you a recovery – that is our No Fee Guarantee to you.

  • Seek immediate medical attention (even if you don’t have health insurance)

  • Call 911 or Animal Control Services to report the incident

  • Collect and write down information about the dog, its owner (name, address, phone, etc.)

  • Contact an experienced dog bite injury attorney as soon as you can (waiting could ruin your case)

  • Get pictures of the dog that bit you

  • Photograph and document your wounds (daily if possible)

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    • Call 911 or Animal Control to Report the Bite Incident
    • Seek Immediate Medical Attention (even if you don’t have insurance)
    • Have someone take photographs of your wounds
    • Gather information about the dog, and its owner (name, address, phone number, insurance information, etc.)
    • Contact An Experienced Dog Bite Attorney As Soon As Possible.
    • Get pictures of the dog that bit you if you can