Injured By A Dog? Contact A Dog Bite Lawyer Today

In July 2018, a man and his dog were attacked in their front yard by another dog roaming the neighborhood. According to an article by News Channel 5, Cory Edmondson, the victim of the attack, said, “Before I knew it, he was attacking my dog. I tried to pry his mouth open, I even started kicking him a few times, but he wouldn’t let go.”

Stories like this occur more often than people realize.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries caused by a dog bite, you may be eligible to receive compensation.

In some cases, dog bites can leave life-altering injuries. The dog bite lawyers at Mitch Grissim & Associates in Nashville have the knowledge and experience to oversee your injury case.

We know how devastating it can be to suffer an injury by someone else’s dog. We are here to help you through the legal process.

Dog Injury Statistics

The Canine Journal shared the following statistics about dog bites:

  • 4.7 million bites occur in the United States every year.
  • 1 out of every 69 people is bitten by a dog.
  • In 2017, there were 90 million dogs in the United States.
  • Most bites involve dogs who are not spayed or neutered.

Types Of Bite Injuries

Dog bite injuries can include:

The Dianna Acklen Act Of 2007

The Dianna Acklen Act of 2007 was implemented after Dianne Acklen was attacked and killed by three dogs in a rural residential neighborhood. The state of Tennessee passed this law to allow dog bite victims the opportunity to obtain compensation from negligent pet owners for their injuries.

In the state of Tennessee, victims of a bite have one year to file a personal injury lawsuit and seek compensation from the dog owner.

Dog bite laws can be found in Section 44-8-413. The first section states:

“The owner of a dog has a duty to keep that dog under reasonable control at all times and to keep that dog from running at large. A person who breaches that duty is subject to civil liability for any damages suffered by a person who is injured by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in or on private property of another.”

It’s important to file a claim after you’ve been bitten because if you wait and miss the deadline, you may be unable to receive compensation for your injuries.

How To Prevent Dog Bites

Listed below are several ways to prevent being bitten by a dog:

  • Do not run from a dog.
  • Report stray dogs to the local animal control.
  • Do not bother a dog while they’re eating, taking care of their puppies, or sleeping.
  • If an unfamiliar dog approaches you, do not move. Stay motionless.

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FAQs About Bite Cases

Do I Have A Case?

  • In order to determine if you have a dog bite case, our attorneys need to evaluate the details surrounding your unique situation.

What Is My Case Worth?

  • The extent of your injuries plays a vital role in the compensation you may be awarded. Some of the factors taken into account include medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

What Is Strict Liability?

  • In cases involving a dog attack, the owner is held liable if their dog was at fault.

Where Do I Report A Dog Attack?

  • Contact the police and your local animal control center.

Should I Take Photos Of My Injury?

  • Yes. The photos can be used as evidence in your injury case.

Do I Need To Hire An Attorney?

  • It’s important to hire an attorney because they know the right questions to ask the dog owner and what evidence is necessary to build a strong injury case.

Resources For Tennessee Residents

If you or a loved one has encountered a dangerous dog, contact a local animal control center in Nashville.

Metro Animal Control

If you need to file a lost and found report for a pet, click the link below.

Nashville Humane Association

Compensation Available For Injuries

If you have been bitten, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries. However, every case is different because injuries and medical treatment will vary. Compensation can possibly cover the following:

Lost Wages

In some cases, injuries may cause you to take time away from work for medical appointments such as surgery and check-ups.

Pain And Suffering

This can include the inconvenience, shock, and worry you may face after an accident.

Emotional Distress

It can be emotionally scarring to suffer a dog attack. Compensation can be awarded to account for any emotional suffering you may have experienced.  

Medical Expenses

Medical bills can include surgeries, physical therapy, and medication. Compensation can help cover any medical expenses incurred due to your injury.

Why Hire An Attorney?

Sometimes people are unsure if they should hire an attorney because they assume they don’t have a case or it will be too much of a hassle. It is always in your best interest to speak with an attorney to see what legal options may be available.

In some cases, people do not receive compensation because they never sought an attorney to review their case.  

Our team will evaluate every detail of your case, such as medical bills and the extent of your injuries. It’s important to speak with an attorney immediately after the attack.   

Remember that you only have a certain amount of time to file a claim, which means if you wait, you may be unable to receive compensation for your injuries. Please don’t wait to contact our attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates. We can help ensure you are prepared to take legal action to fight for the compensation you deserve.

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Dog bite injuries can severely impact your life. If you don’t have strong legal representation, you may not receive the compensation you rightfully deserve.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a dog bite, call Mitch Grissim & Associates today at (615) 255-9999 or fill out our free consultation form. Our Nashville dog bite lawyers are ready to help you.

 

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