October 15, 2013
Texas law requires dog owners to secure their animals by leash or in a fenced space to protect the public’s safety. Any failure to do so resulting in an injury or death could lead to the responsible animal’s owner being held liable for damages. The Texas Dog Bite Lawyers with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers explain that a 56-year-old Austin, Texas, woman is facing such penalties after three of her dogs attacked and injured a pedestrian.
An article from the Austin American-Statesman told how the victim was walking along Dovemeadow Drive on the north side of town this past July when he noticed three dogs barking along a fence line surrounding a residence. The victim looked away, but when he glanced back, he noticed the animals had escaped their enclosure. They soon began to bite him on his arm and leg before retreating back to their home.
The owner is now facing a third-degree felony charge for failing to prevent the attack.
Daniel Stark’s team of Texas Personal Injury Lawyers point out that while criminal charges may hold the dog owner partially responsible for her negligence, it may not compensate the victim for his losses due to medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering. Civil litigation is typically utilized to collect such damages; however, the processes of such a filing can prove to be quite complex.
That’s why the firm suggests discussing your case with an attorney if you have been injured in a canine attack.