Can Homeowner’s Insurance Refuse to Cover Dog Bites?

Homeowner’s insurance can refuse to cover an insured for dog bites and other damages done by a pet that lives in the covered household if there is an exclusion in the coverage that applies to injury and/or property damage caused by dogs or if there is no legal liability for the bite. You need to […]

Does My Dog Need Canine Liability Insurance?

You almost certainly have liability insurance for your car, and perhaps your business. Though you may not realize it, your homeowner’s insurance policy probably contains a protection against liability for injuries that occur on your property. In short, liability insurance is a staple of modern life. But, chances are good that you’ve never considered the […]

Texas Leads the Nation in Dog Bite Fatalities

Texans love dogs. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 44% of Texas households include a dog, placing the state in the top 10 nationally for dog ownership, just a few percentage points behind top-ranked Arkansas. But, there’s a downside to the dog-friendly nature of the Lone Star State. Texas also led the nation […]

Dog Bite Laws in Texas

Texas has some truly humane laws on the books for the protection of pets, particularly dogs. Texas’ Health and Safety Code 821.077 prohibits the chaining or tethering of dogs under certain conditions. The larger Health and Safety Code prohibits further acts of neglect and cruelty against many different animals. What happens when a dog misbehaves […]

How to Declare a Dog a Dangerous Dog In Houston

You just bought your new home. It seemed like a quiet, safe neighborhood in the suburbs of Houston. But then, “those neighbors” moved in. You know the ones. Every time a jogger goes by you hear their large dogs slam into the fence snarling and barking.  The ones who always say something like: “Kujo just […]

Litigating Dog Bites in the State of Texas

Dog bites are a serious matter of public concern, costing the insurance industry about $104 million in 2013. Though a number of states have implemented laws and regulations aimed at preventing this problem, incidents continue to occur, resulting in physical, emotional and financial injury. According to State Farm Insurance, the state of Texas ranked fourth […]

Pit Bull Attacks Houston Woman

Woman Attacked in Her Street by Neighbor’s Dog A Houston woman was attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull while it was roaming the streets of her neighborhood. Victim, Jennifer Jenkins had just attempted to inform her neighbors that their dogs were out, to no avail – her neighbors claimed that the dogs had been put […]

Texas Supreme Court Says: “No Mental Anguish for Fallen Pets”

On April 5th, 2013, the Texas Supreme Court handed down a less-than-surprising opinion that no matter how much you may love your dog, you cannot recover mental anguish damages when someone else negligently kills or injures them.  Cause No. 12-0047, Strickland v. Medlen was the first case since 1891 to be heard by the Supreme […]

Houston Pit Bull Attacks Plaguing City

Two Houston Pit Bulls Killing Family Pets More pit bull attacks in a northwest Houston neighborhood near Keith Harrow have area residents rightfully afraid for their pets and children.  Although the latest pit bull attacks in this neighborhood do not warrant criminal charges, they were devastating for the families who lost their beloved family pets.  […]

Katy Municipal Codes Relevant to Dog Bite Law

Dog bite law varies from city to city due to variances in municipal codes.  If you are attacked by a dog within the City of Katy, your case is subject to the Katy Municipal Codes.  The Katy dog bite codes include both dog leash laws and dangerous dog laws.  Since both may have an effect […]

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