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Statute of Limitations for a Dog Bite Claim

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Dogs bite injuries can leave physical and emotional scars that can last a lifetime. If a bite is severe enough, a person may have to fork up thousands of dollars for medical bills, recovery treatments, and maybe even loss of income. In the case you or your loved one sustain injuries from a dog bite, you should consider filing a personal injury claim soon.

Tennessee’s Dog Bite Law

Tenn. Code. Ann. section 44-8-413 states that the owner of a dog owns a duty to the public to keep their animal under “reasonable control” and keep them from “running at large.” Dog bite claims follow strict liability, meaning if either element is met, the owner will be found liable for the claimant's injuries.

How Long Do I Have to File?

Dog bites are categorized under personal injury claims, which means the same statute for personal injury cases is applied. Therefore, according to Tenn. Code Ann. section 28-3-104, you have one year from the date of the injury to file a claim.

What Damages Are Available?

If you have a successful personal injury claim, you can recover compensation for your losses, also known as damages. The damages you can receive depend on the severity of your case and injuries. Listed below are the most common types of damages in a personal injury case:

  • Medical bills
  • Loss of income
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering

I’m Ready to File. What’s Next?

If you have sustained injuries from a dog bite, or if your dog has bitten another person, we recommend giving our office a call. We have tremendous experience advocating on behalf of dog bite victims across the state of Tennessee. Make the right choice and hire the Law Office of Stanley A. Davis team today.

Call our office at (615) 866-3938 or visit our Contact Us page to fill out a form for a free, no-risk consultation.