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Vicious Dog Attacks

Vicious Dog Attack

If you have been attacked by a dog in Tennessee and suffered serious injuries we may be able to help you recover damages and help send a message to the dog 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 attack.

At Harris Law Office we offer attorneys and support staff well trained in the area of personal injury law. Our job is to not only pursue recovery of damages but also to help protect the community from having such an attack occur again in the future. For a free consultation, call us today at 615.262.0055

What type of Dog Bites?

Dog attacks cause approximately 4.5 million injuries annually, 800,000 of which require medical attention. Thats 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 in the top 10 states for dog related deaths in the Uniited States.

Pit bulls and Rottweilers 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 ownerships. The attorneys currently have a Rottweiler, Pit Bull, and German Shepard as personal pets. Thats why we know that the dog related deaths and serious injuries are the result of the owner.

24% of human deaths involve unrestrained dogs 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 the responsibility of the dog.

58% of human deaths 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 be 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.


Once you've been injured, seek medical treatment and the call a lawyer who will discuss the claim with you as soon as possible.

Why did the Dog Attack?

Liability for the attack is always a key issue. Was the dog running loose? Where you on someelse property at the time of the attack. Has this dog attacked before? Did the owner of the dog provide warnings of the dogs? In answering these questions you can start to outline the liability of the owner.

How do I protect my self and others.

While dog bites are not uncommon in Tennesse, the only way to reduce the attacks is hold the owner responsible.

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 simply want to discuss the value of a case, still feel free to call.

Our office handles injuries that normally result in surgery or permanent impairments, however, some back injuries for example may result with injuries where surgery is not suggested. i.e. nerve damage.

  • First, things First, If you've been hurt get the medical treatment you need.

  • Secondly, call and Speak with and Attorney at our office, 615.262.0055. If you would rather email, please feel free to contact us at Info@harrislawoffice.com.

  • Damage award for Medical Bills
  • Damage award for lost earnings
  • Damage award for pain and suffering
  • Puntive awards to help reduce future attacks

Communication and Trust

It is important that you trust the attorney and are able to communicate freely with the office. There are law firms that advertise in the Nashville area, that you will never see in the Courthouse. Why. Because they live out of state and hire an associate to handle the work. Make sure you get what you are paying for.

No honest attorney care guarantee you a result. Each case bears it own risks. We reduce the risks by being proficient in Injury Law in Tennessee. A good firm is always ready to try the case, instead of just settle because it is the easy way out.

Let our office help you!

The Harris Family has offered legal services to the Nashville community over three generations. The office maintains a general practice with services in the area of workers' compensation, personal injury, family law, estate planning, collections, civil litigation, contract dispute, business formation, and issues pertaining to Tennessee's Handgun Carry Laws.

We offer offices in Downtown and in Inglewood for your convenience. We also offer a variety of fee structures from hourly rates, to flat fees, to contingency fees. Please feel free to contact to further discuss our services.

Thank you for your interest in our office.

Sincerely Harris Law Office


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