What are my legal options if I have been bitten by a dog in Houston?

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Dog bites can cause not only physical harm, but also emotional trauma. Under Texas law, an individual who has been harmed by a dog can seek compensation from the dog's owner or his or her insurance company. 

Dog bites often require plastic surgery to correct, and can cause victims a great deal of embarrassment and pain and suffering. In some cases, bites can become infected and can cause emergency treatment to treat the infection. Under Texas dog bite law, dog owners are responsible for keeping their dogs restrained if they knew the dog had bitten someone or acted aggressively in the past. Normally, a lawsuit over a dog bite must be filed within two years after the dog bite has occurred. 

In order to win a dog bite lawsuit in Texas, typically the victim must be able to prove that not only did the dog owner know the dog was dangerous, but also that the dog's owner failed to use reasonable care in preventing the dog from biting others. For example, if the dog was not contained in a fenced-in area but instead was allowed to roam freely, the court would likely find that the dog's owner failed to use reasonable care in preventing dog bites. 

If you have been harmed as a result of a dangerous dog, you should speak with an attorney. You may be able to recover compensation for your lost wages, pain and suffering medical expenses, permanent disfigurement, and more. If you're in Houston, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. They can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation, or visit them on Facebook to learn more.

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