Dogs are generally considered “man’s best friend,” but when a dog bites you, it can be a traumatizing experience. Each year, there are approximately 4.7 million dog bites in the United States alone. Roughly 800,000 of those will require hospital care. Since 2007, Tennessee has had in place laws concerning your rights if you are bitten by a dog. The Nashville personal injury attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates can help you to understand these rights and fight for you.


If you are unsure if you have a dog bite case, consider a few things concerning this legislation. Owners are responsible for keeping their “dogs under reasonable control at all times, and [keeping] that dog from running at large.”  When an owner does not abide by this rule, that person is responsible for any injuries sustained by a person who is in a public place or legally on the private property of another person. Basically, this means owners have to keep their dogs under control and not allow them to roam the neighborhood.


There are a few exceptions to the rule. First, military and police dogs are exempt from this when someone is injured while the dog is acting as a service dog. Second, the dog and owner are not liable when the dog was working to protect innocent parties from the person the dog attacked or from a dog owned by the injured party. Third, if the person is injured while “enticing, disturbing, alarming, harassing, or otherwise provoking the dog,” the owner is not liable for the person’s injuries.


When you are on the dog owner’s property and you are attacked, things get a little fuzzier because proof has to be made that the owner knew the dog was dangerous, or the owner is not at fault. There are a few other exceptions to this legislation, but if you feel you or someone else suffered a dog bite or bites due to negligence on the part of the owner, please contact us. We will help you work out your case and help you get the compensation you deserve.