Texas law allows for recovery against the owner of a home or a commercial building for the attacks and injuries caused by an animal that is under the control of the owner. This usually involves a household pet of a homeowner. The type of animal and its behavioral history can become very important in determining the evaluation of liability in the case. The insurance coverage comes from the homeowner’s policy that covers general liability. However recently many homeowners’ insurance policies in Texas have been excluding injuries caused by animal attacks. City ordinances and homeowner association regulations may also become important when attempting to demonstrate that violations of such regulations resulted in the attack.
Immediately after an animal attack occurs and the skin of the victim has been punctured, it is very important to contact the county animal control or the police department to file a report. In most instances, the investigative agency will require the owner of the animal to produce vaccination records to eliminate the possibility of transmission of rabies. If the owner is unable to do so, the animal may be required to be put in isolation for 10 days or more. The wounds themselves should be treated at an emergency room to prevent bacterial infections related to the wound.
Hold irresponsible pet owners accountable. Turn to us for assistance in your case for compensation.
Our office has pursued numerous dog bite and animal attack cases over the last 40 years. In most cases, it involved a dog entering residential or community property. Recently, our office litigated a case where the animal was left unattended. He wandered from a neighbor's home and attacked an elderly woman and her dog. The attack caused significant damage to the older woman and killed her small dog.
In this case, the homeowner did not carry insurance. So we filed a lawsuit against the homeowner securing a sizeable verdict for our client.
Distance yourself away from the animal immediately. Use physical force if necessary.
Call 911 and be sure to mention that it was an animal attack.
Try not to lose sight of the animal. Authorities will need to locate the owner.
Take pictures. Document your injuries and seek medical attention.
Call our attorney. If your case goes to a lawsuit, then having proper proof of ownership is crucial. An attorney will know what evidence he/she needs to secure and quickly.