Roughly 2,400 dog attacks result in the need for medical attention every day in the US—one every 36 seconds. In 2016, the average dog bite that resulted in serious injury in Tennessee incurred a whopping $30,420 in damages. Our Nashville dog bite lawyers can help you recover the cost of your medical care if you or your loved one suffers a dog bite injury.
Tennessee law follows the "one bite" rule. If the owner knows or should know their dog has dangerous tendencies, the law holds them to strict liability. That means victims can declare dog owners liable for any injuries or damage their dog causes, regardless of their mental state or intention.
Dog owners may use several defenses to circumvent "one-bite" lawsuits. For instance, they can argue the victim was trespassing on private property or provoked the dog. Other defenses include saying the injury happened on non-commercial, rented, or leased property.
The combination of “one bite” and strict liability makes it challenging to win a dog bite case, but not impossible. It requires robust evidence, and the lawsuit must be filed within one year of the incident. If you're not sure if you have a case, speak to one of our skilled Nashville dog bite lawyers at Jungers Law Firm for a consultation.
Dog attacks lead to 6,000 to 13,000 hospitalizations and approximately 18 deaths per year. Dogs disproportionately injury children and the elderly, who do not have the speed or strength to fend off an attack.
Some of the most common dog bite injuries include:
Remember that a dog does not have to bite you to cause harm. There are plenty of people with dog phobias because of a negative experience. You may be eligible for compensation if you ran away from a dog attack and tripped and injured yourself.
Our Nashville dog bite lawyers take the time to understand your case and document the evidence. That includes itemizing your injuries so that we can put a monetary value on your damages. We use medical bills and any lost wages to demonstrate the cost.
Some damages are more difficult to value, such as pain and suffering. If an accident causes emotional trauma, we can have a medical professional examine you. They can estimate the harm and an appropriate compensation amount.
Dog bites can be physically and financially devastating. Many clients suffer disability, property damage, and long-term medical expenses. Our team will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve and help you become whole again.
Hire a Nashville dog bite lawyer with the empathy you need and the legal tenacity to win your case. Jungers Law Firm has assisted people of all ages to see their day in court. Contact us to set up a consultation and learn more about making a dog bite claim.