Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas

Q: I was bit by a neighbor’s dog 3 days ago and had to get staples in my leg. Could I get compensated?

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John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
  • Frisco, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Maybe depending on whether there is evidence the animal bit someone before and the circumstances surrounding the incident.

For example, many cities have a leash law that requires an owner to restrain a dog inside a fence or on a leash. If the dog was not so restrained and bit you, it may be negligence per se.

On the other hand, if the dog was on its owner's premises and you entered those premises without invitation, you might be considered a trespasser and the owner might not be liable.

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