Unfortunately dog bite cases have become more and more common the past 10 years due to the building of dog friendly parks and recreational areas. Not only are dog bites painful, but they can result in permanent disfigurement and, if left untreated, can cause serious infections. If you have been injured in a dog attack, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the animal’s owner for failing to keep their dog restrained.
An experienced lawyer from The Chiozza Law Firm will investigate your case and possibly help you obtain compensation for your injury.
Tennessee dog owners have a duty to keep their dogs under reasonable control and not running at large. When the owner breaches that duty, he is strictly liable when a person is injured by the dog in a public place or lawfully in or on the property of another.
When a person is injured by a dog on the residential, farm, or other noncommercial property of the owner, the injured person must prove the owner knew or should have known the dog's dangerous propensities to recover.
There is no liability for a dog that is doing police or military work, or protecting someone from being attacked. There is no liability if the victim provoked the dog or if the injury occurred while the dog was securely confined in a kennel, crate, or other enclosure.
One of the best things you can do to strengthen your claim is to gather as much information as you can after the attack. Remember these tips to maximize your chances of a successful outcome:
- Identify the dog’s owner. Take down their full name, address, and contact information.
- Gather the names and contact information of any witnesses that may corroborate your story.
- Take pictures of your injuries. This can be important evidence later on.
- Seek medical treatment as soon as possible. One of the biggest mistakes people make in personal injury cases is that they do not obtain medical care in a timely manner. This could jeopardize the outcome of your case, so do not delay.
- Get in touch with a local animal control center and file a report. While hospitals typically make reports, they are only for documenting disease and injury statistics and are not concerned with holding negligent owners responsible for their pets.
If you are contacted by the pet owner’s insurance company, it is extremely important that you do not speak to them about anything related to the accident or about money. If they ask you for a recorded statement, politely decline until you have consulted with a personal injury attorney at The Chiozza Law Firm. Insurance companies will do what they can to pay as little as possible, so avoid making any statements about who was to blame for the accident. Do take down their name, as well as information about the company they work for, a claim number, and any information about the person who is insured.
We have been very successful over the years in representing children and adults who were injured due to a dog attack. These cases require a tremendous amount of investigation and we will treat your case with the time and respect it deserves. Feel free to contact an attorney at 901-526-9494 or fill out our online form for a confidential case evaluation.