Bitten by a Dog?
Nashville Dog Bite Attorney for Attack Compensation Under Tennessee Law
Being the victim of a dog attack can be a traumatizing ordeal that leaves many emotional and physical scars. If you or a loved one has been attacked or bitten by a dog, you must first seek medical attention. The second step is to seek the legal counsel of a Nashville dog bite attorney as you may be eligible to recover compensation for the following:
- Medical bills, including emergency care
- Lost wages
- Physical therapy
- Any surgical procedures
- Emotional trauma
- Benefits for wrongful death
As an experienced attorney for dog bites serving throughout Tennessee and man of strong faith, Nashville attorney Stan Davis aims to provide the support and guidance dog bite victims and their families need. You need an attorney looking out for your best interests when the insurance company may not be.
Our work on behalf of dog bite victims includes representing a 7-year-old boy who had $18,000.00 in medical expenses after a dog attack. Our attorney successfully recovered a $300,000.00 dog bite settlement for the boy and his family, which included future treatment and counseling costs.
Common Types of Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bite cases, even bites or attacks from small or medium-sized dogs, can be very serious. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 300,000 dog bite victims must seek medical emergency care every year. About 81 percent of these victims will be children under the age of 15.
Unfortunately, children who are victims of dog attacks almost always receive facial injuries that may require reconstructive surgery. Other injuries resulting from dog attacks include:
- Tissue infections
- Open wounds
- Fractured upper limbs
- Infective arthritis
- Pasteurella infections
- Bone or marrow inflammation due to infection
- Blood poisoning caused by bacteria (Capnocytophaga ) in the canine’s mouth
- MRSA Staph infections
- Crush injuries
Most victims of dog attacks will have extensive scarring, especially on the face. The face is one of the most frequent targets of dog attacks. If you or your loved one has suffered a dog attack, whether it seems minor or extensive, contact our experienced Nashville dog bite attorney for legal help today.
What is the Dog Bite Law in Tennessee?
In recent years, Tennessee has changed its views on dog owner responsibility. Specifically, Tennessee passed a new law, the Dianna Acklen Act of 2007, which holds all owners accountable for the actions of their pets regardless of whether they were or were not aware of previous attacks. This new dog bite statute takes the place of the “first bite” rule. This required pet owners to be aware of prior tendencies for their pets to bite people without being provoked to be held accountable.
Tennessee dog bite law § 44-8-413 holds all dog owners under strict liability for injuries and attacks that happen if a dog is not under “reasonable control.” Reasonable control means the dog was loose or otherwise not contained. If a dog attack occurs outside of the home to a random victim on the street because the dog was “running at large,” the owner would also be held strictly liable for damages.
However, Tennessee is the only state that has a residential exclusion in the dog bite liability. This means guests in the owner’s home who are bitten by the residing dog, even if it is a particularly vicious attack, may not always be eligible for compensation.
Even if the dog has exhibited prior dangerous behavior and you believe the owner is strictly liability for your dog bite injuries, victims may still find it difficult to prove fault or obtain the compensation they need. Most dog owners will try to deny what happened, and many homeowners, renters or other insurance policies may attempt to limit the damages for injuries, damages and other losses caused by dog attacks. Do not risk your recovery. Call our Nashville dog attack lawyer immediately.
Contact Our Experienced Nashville Dog Bite Attorney Today
Tennessee law for dog bite cases can be difficult to navigate alone. This is especially true given the overwhelming circumstances of receiving, or having a loved one receive, a devastating dog bite. Call our experienced personal injury lawyer in Nashville TN to help you during this painful process. Our firm serves clients across central Tennessee. We have a number of past significant results for clients in Hendersonville, Lebanon, Smyrna and other nearby cities.
We take most personal injury cases on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing upfront and only owe attorney fees if our firm successfully gains compensation for your case. Our compassionate Tennessee premises liability law firm will fight to make sure you receive the dog bite compensation you deserve. Call (615) 690-2080 today for a free case evaluation.