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Vicious Dog Attacks


Vicious Dog AttackIf you have been attacked by a dog in Tennessee and suffered serious injuries we may be able to help you recover compensation for the damages that you have sustained and help send a message to the dog's owner!

While Tennessee does not have a "dog bite statute" the owner of a dog is still liable under general negligence theories of law. The statute of limitations in Tennessee for such claims is one (1) year from the date of the attack.

At Harris Law Office we offer attorneys and support staff who are trained to handle personal injury claims. Our objective is to not only pursue recovery of the damages to which you are entitled but also to help protect the community from having such an attack occur again in the future.

What type of Dog Bites?

Dog attacks cause approximately 4.5 million injuries annually, 800,000 of which require medical attention. That is roughly 1 out of every 5-6 attacks.

At least 25 different breeds of dogs have been involved in the 238 dog bite-related fatalities in the United States. Tennessee is one of the top 10 states for dog related deaths in the United States.

Pit bulls and Rottweilers reportedly account for over half of these deaths. This does not mean these types of dogs are more prone to bite, but quite simply because of their pure strength, when they do attack they generally cause more damage. The attorneys at Harris Law Office understand responsible dog ownership. The attorneys have or have raised Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, and German Shepard as personal pets.  We know that generally dog related deaths and serious injuries are the result of an inattentive or poorly trained owner.

24% of human deaths from dog bites involve unrestrained dogs that attack off of their owners' property. There is simply no excuse for such actions. Dogs will be dogs. But it is the owner who must take responsibility and control their dog.  

58% of human deaths from dog bites involved unrestrained dogs on their owners' property. Likewise, you need to take notice of your surroundings. Is there a warning sign?  If so, it is probably there for a reason. The facts of each case vary.

--Information provided from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Veterinary Medical Association

Basically, any dog bite may result in injuries which are compensable in Tennessee. However we only take serious injury cases.  These attacks are usually by the larger dog breeds such as Rottweilers, German Shepards, Dobberman Pinchers, Mastiffs, and Pit Bulls.

If you have been seriously injured as a result of a dog bite, seek medical treatment and the call a lawyer who will discuss the claim with you as soon as possible.

Why did the Dog Attack?

Not all dogs, not even all large dogs are bad dogs.  Dogs, like humans have personalities.  Dogs, like humans, are influenced by their environments.  While a large dog may be intimidating, many of them are well trained as security dogs, police dogs, rescue animals, and seeing-eye assistants.

When a dog bite does occur, liability is not to be automatically presumed.  Indeed, liability for the attack is always a key issue. Was the dog running loose?  Were you on some else's property at the time of the attack?  Has this dog attacked before? Did the owner of the dog provide warnings signs concerning the dogs?  Did you do something to startle or provoke the dog?

In answering these questions you can start to outline the facts which will determine the liability of the owner.

How do I protect my self and others?

While dog bites are not uncommon in Tennessee, the path to reducing the frequency of these attacks is to accept responsibility for your own actions and to hold the owner responsible for their acts or omissions.  The law will do this as well.  If you materially contributed to your own injuries, the law may apply a doctrine known as "comparative fault" to limit or eliminate your right to recover.

What does it Cost?

We will give you one free consultation on the case, to see if it is something we can help you with. Our personal injury files are handled on a contingency fee, usually 33 1/3 percent of the recovery.

  • If you need emergency medical care - get it.  
  • Make good records and take notes of the facts, witnesses and circumstances.  Your memory is best when the events are still fresh. 
  • Look out for your interests
It is never too soon to consult with an attorney.  If the dog's owner has insurance, they may have already reported the incident to their insurance carrier.  You may be expecting a telephone call or visit from an adjuster who may give the appearance that he or she is your friend.  These adjusters are employed to protect the interests of the homeowner and more specifically the insurance company.  They do this by looking for ways to deny liability and deny your claim. 

Our objective as your attorney is insure that you get all the benefits that Tennessee law says you are entitled to receive.   We can help you pursue and obtain benefits such as

  • Money for medical bills
  • Money for lost of income
  • Money for your pain and suffering

Communication and Trust

It is important that you trust your attorney and that you are able to communicate freely with them.  No honest attorney care guarantee you a result. Each case bears it own risks. We reduce the risks by taking cases where we have training and experience. A good attorney is always ready to try the case, instead of just recommending any settlement that will keep them from having to go to trial if necessary.

Let our office help you!



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Last Update: 07/13/2010