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Tarrant County Dog Bite Accident Attorney

Dangerous Dog Facts:

  1. An estimated 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year;
  2. Approximately 334,000 people are admitted to US emergency rooms annually with dog bite-associated injuries, and another 466,000 are seen in other medical settings;
  3. An unknown number of other people who have been bitten do not sustain injuries deemed serious enough to require medical attention;
  4. Almost half of all persons bitten are children younger than 12 years old; and
  5. People more than 70 years old comprise 10% of those bitten and 20% of those killed.

According to Zoonosis Control Division of the Texas Department of Health, domesticated dogs comprise most the dog bites in any given year. Even more shocking, Texas was the leader in dog bite fatalities in 2007, with seven fatalities stemming from dog bites that year alone. There is a regional Zoonosis office in Arlington located at Texas Department of State Health Services, Zoonosis Control, 1301 South Bowen Road, Suite 200, Arlington, TX 76013 for all of your needs and questions.

When dangerous animals attack, contact an Arlington Dog Bite Attorney to learn your rights.

Responsible Dog Ownership in Arlington Definitely Can Reduce Arlington Dog Bites

As so many things in life, dog bites can be reduced by what happens in the home. A dog is not always the one to blame in the instance of a dog attack or dog bite injury.  Many owners use their dogs for illegal dog fights and these dogs are victimized every bit as much as the victims of their attacks, and they too are often severely injured or even killed in dog fighting rings as they fight for their lives.  Negligent and abusive dog owners should be held liable for their actions.  A decision to be a responsible dog is a personal decision and one that requires responsibility. There are many places in and around Arlington, Texas to have your dog trained for obedience. Dog owners are also able to take their dog to an area designated for dogs to play.  Dog parks are there so that the owner can take their dog to an area where they can run around and play in an fenced-in and safe place.  Dog parks are a responsible place to take your pet to ensure that when they are running off their leash that they will not run away from you and/or cause harm to a person or another animal.  Some Dog Training Facilities and Dog Park locations in the General Arlington Area include:

Dog Training in and around Arlington, Texas:
 
Country Acres Kennels‎
7817 South Cooper Street
Arlington, TX 76001
(817) 467-2511
Arlington Humane Society Inc‎
7817 South Cooper Street
Arlington, TX 76001
(817) 468-0444
Petsmart‎
1040 West Arkansas Lane
Arlington, TX 76013
(817) 466-1437

K-9 Direction By Alan Brown‎
1308 Sherwood Drive
Arlington, TX 76013
(817) 271-8857

 

Dog Parks in Arlington, Texas:
 
Tails 'N Trails Dog Park‎
950 Southeast Green Oaks Boulevard
Arlington, TX 76018
(817) 462-8441
Redding Trail Dog Park‎
14677 Midway Road
Addison, TX 75244
(972) 450-2851

Dogs should be trained and any sense of aggressive behavior exhibited by a dog should be immediately attended to by the pet owner in order to avoid a future incident.  What it boils down to is that if you or a loved one have been bitten, attacked, maimed, or killed by a dog or other animal, you should be entitled to some degree of compensation from the animal’s owner or handler. Contact one of the experienced Arlington dog bite lawyers above for a consultation regarding your claim.

Texas’s “One Bite” Rule & Dog Bite Claims Based on Negligence

Texas follows the arcane “one bite rule.” This means that a pet owner is liable when:

  • the owner knew that the dog had bitten someone before or had a “dangerous propensity” for biting;
  • the bite was caused by the negligence of the person handling the dog;
  • the bite was caused by a violation of a leash law, prohibition against dogs trespassing or running at large, or a similar animal control law; or,
  • the bite injury was caused intentionally by the owner or person handling the dog.

An animal attack, mauling, or serious dog bite can be devastating, especially when a child is injured. Contact an Arlington dog bite lawyer today to discuss your case.When it cannot be proved that the dog’s owner or handler knew of the dog’s propensity to bite, negligence can form the basis of a claim. An example of a negligence-based claim could occur when the owner of a dog whose breed is notorious for its violent propensities — such as a pit bull, Rottweiler, or German Shepherd — allows their dog to run loose in a children’s park or other public area without supervision. The dog’s owner will be held liable based on negligence if the dog bites a child in the park.

However, a person does not have to be the dog’s owner to be held liable for a bite victim’s injuries. A child bitten at a day care facility for dogs could, through the child’s parents, make a claim against the pet care center, even though the dog was owned by a third party who was absent at the time of the bite. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite, you should contact an Arlington dog bite attorney to pursue your personal injury claims. Even if the dog has no prior history of aggression and has never bitten anyone before, Texas’s “one bite rule” may allow an Arlington dog bite injury lawyer to fight your claim successfully, and you deserve compensation for your injuries.

Arlington Negligence Per Se Dog Bite Lawyer

When a statute or ordinance is violated and the violation leads to an injury, this is called negligence per se.

Negligence per se is frequently found in cases of dog bites, dog maulings, and dog attacks, often resulting from a violation of:

  1. leash laws;
  2. dog trespass laws; or,
  3. no “free-run” laws.

Usually, these types of dog control laws and ordinances are only found in large Texas cities; however, Arlington has an ordinance requiring that dogs be "restrained" at all times. Furthermore, Arlington requires that all dogs over four months of age be licensed with the city officials. If you or a loved one has been bitten or mauled by a dog running loose in violation of the law of Arlington or Tarrant County, you should contact a local Arlington dog bite attorney immediately.

Lillian’s Law (H.B. 1355)

The so-called “Lillian Stiles Law,” sponsored by Senator Eliot Shapleigh and passed in 2007, increases the jail time for owners who fail to secure their dogs in a reasonable manner, resulting in serious bodily injury or death to another. Under the law, a dog owner will be charged with a third-degree felony if their dog causes serious bodily injury to a victim during an unprovoked attack. A third-degree felony is punishable by 2-10 years of prison time as well as a potential fine of up to $10,000. If the victim dies from an unprovoked dog attack, H.B. 1355 would impose a charge of second-degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Click here for more information on the passage of Lillian’s Law, Texas still allows a dog to be chained up, which is not only bad policy, but also dangerous to children and others who are routinely attacked by dogs that have been chained. Lillian’s law helps protect Arlington residents from dogs that attack when not reasonably secured and allows Arlington dog bite lawyers to sue the dog owners despite lack of previous history of aggression or any provocation from the injury victim. Call an Arlington dog bite lawyer today.

Texas Laws on Dog Bites

Some of the laws are found in the Texas Health & Safety Code, Title 10, Chapter 822 Regulation of Animals:


City of Arlington Dangerous dog Laws

Arlington Animal Chapter of the Arlington Code of
Ordinances, Section 1.01
 
"Dangerous animal" shall mean:
 
 1. An animal, including a dog, that makes an unprovoked attack on a human, which causes bodily injury and occurs in a place other than an enclosure in which the animal was kept and that was reasonably certain to prevent the animal from
leaving the enclosure on its own; or
 
 2. An animal, including a dog, that commits unprovoked acts in a place other than an enclosure in which the animal was being kept and that was reasonably certain to prevent the animal from leaving the enclosure on its own, and those acts
cause a person reasonably to believe that the animal will attack and cause bodily injury to that person; or
 
 3. A dog that makes an unprovoked attack on a domestic animal or domestic fowl which occurs when the attacking dog is at large.  For purposes of this subsection only, the Animal Services Manager or Court may take under consideration any or all
of the following circumstances to determine whether or not the attacking animal is dangerous:
 
 a. The seriousness and/or extent of the injury to the attacked animal or fowl;
 
 b. Territorial issues associated with the location of the attack; and
 
 c. Restraints of the attacking dog which were in place at the time of, or immediately prior to, the attack.  (Amend Ord 02-109, 10/1/02)
 
 
Section 8.01  Knowledge of Dangerous Animal
 
For purposes of this article, a person learns he is the owner of a dangerous animal when:
 
A. The owner knows of an attack described in the Section 
 
1.01 definition of "dangerous animal;" or
 
B. The owner is notified by the Animal Services Manager that the animal is a dangerous animal; or
 
C. The owner is notified by the Court that the dog is a dangerous dog; or
 
D. The owner is notified by the Court that, after appeal, the Court  has upheld the Animal Services Manager's determination that the animal is a dangerous animal.
 
Section 8.05  Requirements for Owners of Dangerous Animals
 
A. Not later than fifteen (15) calendar days after a person learns that he is the owner of a dangerous animal, the owner shall:
 
1. Register the dangerous animal with the Animal Services Manager and maintain current registration at all times;
 
2. Restrain the animal in a secure enclosure inspected and approved by the Animal Services Manager;
 
3. Acquire and maintain liability insurance coverage in an amount of at least One Hundred Thousand Dollars and No Cents ($100,000.00)  to cover damages resulting from an attack by the dangerous animal and provide proof of the required liability insurance coverage to the Animal Services Manager. The owner shall notify the Animal Services Manager immediately if a lapse in insurance coverage occurs or if the coverage ceases or is reduced at any time for any reason.  The owner shall include in the policy provisions requiring the insurance provider to provide notice to the Animal Services Manager not less than thirty (30) days prior to cancellation or any material change in coverage, and naming the City of Arlington Animal Services as a certificate holder;
 
4. Microchip and register the dangerous animal for its life with a national registry, and present proof to the Animal Services Manager.  The cost shall be at the owner's expense.  The owner of the dangerous animal shall microchip the animal by
implanting a microchip identification device on the animal within seven (7) calendar days after being notified by the Animal Services Manager or the Court that such animal is dangerous or within forty-eight (48) hours of an unsuccessful appeal;
5. Present proof to the Animal Services Manager that the animal has been sterilized so as to prevent reproduction; 6. Comply with all applicable regulations, requirements, and restrictions on dangerous animals; and
 
7. Obtain written extension from the Animal Services Manager to complete the registration requirements if necessary.  All requests for extension shall be in writing and, if granted by the Animal Services Manager, shall total no more than 30 additional days.
 
8. The owner shall pay any cost or fee assessed by the City in the amount set by resolution of City Council that is related to the seizure, acceptance, impoundment, compliance re-inspection or destruction of the dangerous animal.   (Amend
Ord 10-067, 9/14/10)
 
 
Section 8.08  Offenses
 
A. A person commits an offense if the person is the owner of a dangerous animal and the animal makes an unprovoked attack on another person outside the animal's enclosure, and the attack causes bodily injury to the other person.
 
B. A person commits an offense if the person is the owner of a dangerous dog and the dog makes an unprovoked attack on a domestic animal or domestic fowl while said dog is at large, and the attack causes bodily injury or death to the domestic animal or domestic fowl.
 
C. A person commits an offense if the person is the owner of a dangerous animal or the new owner of a dangerous animal and performs an act prohibited or fails to perform an act required by this Article.
 
 
Section 8.11 Additional Penalties for Violation of this Section
 
A. If a person is found guilty of an offense under Section 8.08(A) or 8.08(B), the Court may order the Animal Services Manager to impound and destroy the animal immediately in addition to other penalties in Article XI.
 
B. The Animal Services Manager may obtain a search and seizure warrant if the owner of a registered dangerous animal falls out of compliance with the owner's requirements of Section 8.05.  The animal will remain impounded until proof as required by Section 8.05 has been satisfied and is approved by the Animal Services Manager or the animal is destroyed. 

C. If impoundment of a dangerous animal is being attempted away from the premises of the owner and the impoundment cannot be made with safety, the animal may be destroyed without notice to the owner or harborer.  If an attempt
is made to impound a dangerous animal from the premises of the owner or harborer and the impoundment cannot be made with safety, the owner or harborer will be given twenty-four (24) hours notice that if said animal is not surrendered to Animal Services within said twenty four (24) hour period, then the animal will be destroyed wherever it is found.  After this notice, the dangerous animal may be destroyed during an attempt to impound if impoundment cannot be made with safety, wherever the impoundment is attempted.  Notice under this Section shall be in writing.  A written notice left at the entrance to the premise where the dangerous animal is harbored will be considered valid notice as of the date and time of posting.  In lieu of surrendering the animal to Animal Services, an owner may permanently remove said animal from the City, if written proof of destination is provided to the Animal Services Manager and transport is made in compliance with this Article.
 
D. A dangerous animal impounded pursuant to this section and not reclaimed by its owner under the requirements of this section within ten (10) calendar days from the date of notice of impoundment shall be deemed abandoned and, at the discretion of the Animal Services Manager,euthanized in a humane manner.
 
E. In addition to criminal prosecution, a person who commits an offense under this section is liable for a civil penalty not to exceed $10,000.  An attorney having civil jurisdiction for a municipality where the offense occurred may file suit in a court of competent jurisdiction to collect the penalty.  Penalties collected under this subsection shall be retained by the municipality.  (Amend Ord 02-109, 10/1/02).
 

Family Bystander Mental Anguish Claims

Texas recognizes the right of bystanders to recover damages for mental anguish caused by witnessing an accident, with the following limitations: the bystander must be a parent or child of the victim and the victim must have been killed or severely injured in the animal attack or mauling. Therefore, if you have witnessed a close family member mauled or bitten by a dog, you may want to pursue legal action on behalf of the injury victim as well as your own claims for witnessing such a horrific event. Contact an Arlington dog bite lawyer today to discuss bystander and mental anguish claims.

Negligence Based on Failure to Stop an Attack

A Texas dog owner owes a duty to attempt to stop his dog from attacking a person after the attack has begun. This is a civil duty, meaning that the Arlington dog bite victim can sue for monetary damages if the dog owner does not attempt to stop the attack.

If you or a loved one have been bitten or mauled by a dangerous dog in Arlington or Tarrant County, TX, please contact one of the experienced Arlington dog bite injury lawyers listed on this page.

What Should You Do if You Have Been Bitten by a Dog?

  1. Make every attempt to keep the animal in sight, find its owner, and obtain the owner’s contact information, preferably verified by their photo ID.
  2. Immediately wash the wound out with soap and warm water.
  3. Make sure that you are up to date on your tetanus shots.
  4. Seek the help of a physician or visit a local hospital.
  5. Report the bite to the Arlington Planning and Development Services Department (contact information below). 
  6. Seek the help of an Arlington dog bite attorney, if necessary, and maintain copies of all medical records and other relevant evidence.

For more information on dog bites and their victims, visit DogsBite.org

Dog Bite Reporting:

If you would like to report an Arlington area or Tarrant County dog bite or ask other questions pertaining to veterinary public health, do not hesitate to contact the Tarrant County Public Health & Environmental Services office at:

Tarrant County Veterinary Public Health
Tarrant County Public Health, Main Campus
1101 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104
(817) 321-4700

General inquiries:

For general information regarding Tarrant CountyPHES’s programs and activities, please visit the Tarrant County PHES website.

If you would like to report a dog bite, in Arlington, Tarrant County, or any of the surrounding communities listed below, please visit
the Tarrant County PHES website for reporting rabies.
 

Animal Training:

A variety of animal training classes and services are offered by the Arlington SPCA.  The Arlington SPCA may be reached at:

Arlington Humane Society
7817 S. Cooper St., Arlington, TX 76001
(817) 468-0444
SPCA website

If you would like to report an instance of animal cruelty to the Arlington SPCA, click here, and follow the recommended procedures.

Contact an Arlington Dog Bite Lawyer if you have been attacked or bitten by a dog.

 

 

Contact one of the experienced Arlington dog bite lawyers above for a consultation regarding your claim.

Personal Injury Attorneys Serve Arlington and Surrounding Cities

Serving clients throughout Central Texas, including Arlington, Azle, Bedford, Benbrook, Blue Mound, Colleyville, Cookes Meadow, Crowley, Dalworthington Gardens, Duncanville, Edgecliff Village, Espanita, Euless, Everman, Forest Hill, Ft. Worth, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Haltom City, Haslet, Hurst, Irving, Keller, Kennedale, Lake Worth, Lakeside, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, Pantego, Pelican Bay, Richland Hills, River Oaks, Ryanwood, Saginaw, Sandybrook, Sansom Park, Southlake, Sowers, Watauga, Westlake, Westover Hills, White Settlement, areas in the vicinity of Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport, and other communities in Tarrant County.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, please contact one of the experienced Tarrant County dog bite lawyers listed on this page.