Fighting for Victims of Animal Attacks Across Tennessee
If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite or been hurt in an animal attack, you may be entitled to pursue compensation to help you recover from your injuries. At Bill Easterly & Associates, our Nashville dog bite injury lawyers are dedicated to representing adults and children who have been victims of dog bites.
With more than 25 years of experience, our dedicated personal injury attorneys have helped thousands of injured clients recover the compensation they need to get their lives back on track after a serious accident. We know what it takes to build a strong case, and we do everything in our power to demand justice for you.
Schedule a free and confidential case consultation with our knowledgeable team today by calling or filling out our online form.
Understanding Tennessee Dog Bite Laws
Tennessee’s dog bite law stems from the Dianna Acklen Act, which was passed in 2007. This Tennessee dog bite law indicates that owners of canines can be held liable for injuries if they were negligent or failed to take sufficient action to restrain the dog, whether or not that dog had bitten someone before.
Under Tennessee law, the dog’s owner can be held liable for damages if:
- The dog was not under reasonable control.
- The dog was running loose.
However, Tennessee imposes a residential exclusion to a dog owner’s liability. That means there is no liability for an attack that occurs on private property that the dog owner rents, leases, or owns.
This exclusion can complicate dog bite injury lawsuits. However, if your injury was caused by an attack on residential property, our experienced Nashville dog bite lawyers may be able to argue what is known as “scienter,” which indicates that the owner knew the dog had a propensity for dangerous behavior prior to the attack.
Under Tennessee law, an individual filing a dog bite lawsuit over an injury that occurred on the owner’s property must prove:
- The dog is owned by the defendant.
- The dog attacked or injured the victim.
- The owner was aware or should have been aware of the dog’s dangerous tendencies.
Whether you were bitten by a stranger’s dog or by a loved one’s pet, it is important to note that you will likely be pursuing compensation through an insurance company. The insurance company may try to get you to sign away your rights immediately by offering you a quick dog bite injury settlement. Or it may argue that you provoked the dog and were to blame for the attack.
Do not discuss your case with an insurance company before speaking to an experienced dog bite attorney. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation about your case.
Compensation for Dog Bite Injuries
At Bill Easterly & Associates, our Tennessee dog bite injury lawyers understand how traumatic an animal attack like this can be. Apart from the initial emergency treatments, a victim may face severe scarring or disfigurement, reconstructive surgeries, and threat of deadly infections from a dog bite.
Our attorneys will fight aggressively and efficiently to demand full compensation for your dog bite injury claim. We know that injuries cannot only cause financial burdens, but emotional trauma as well, and we believe that you deserve to be fairly compensated.
Our skilled legal team will calculate damages based on:
- Medical bills related to your injury (both now and into the future)
- Lost income if the dog bite injury prevented you from working
- Pain and suffering from any physical or emotional trauma caused by the attack
- Property damage if the attack also resulted in damage to your personal property such as clothing or glasses
Additionally, if a dog has a proven record of dangerous behavior, our Nashville animal attack attorneys may fight to pursue double or triple the amount in damages. If a dog’s owner proved to be negligent in recognizing the danger or knowingly ignored the danger, he or she can also be held liable for punitive damages, which are meant to punish the owner for actions, or lack thereof.
Schedule a free consultation with our team today to learn more about the compensation process and how much your claim may be worth.
Types of Dog Bite Cases We Handle
Our dedicated attorneys handle all types of dog bite claims, including:
- Injuries from relatives’, friends’, or neighbors’ dogs
- Injuries to children
- Injuries to runners, walkers, and bicyclists
- Injuries to postal workers and delivery people
- Injuries on public property such as parks and sidewalks
Whether you know the owner of the dog that bit you or not, you need to speak with an attorney about the appropriate way to handle your claim. Contact our experienced Nashville dog bite injury lawyers today to schedule a free case consultation and learn how we can help you pursue compensation for your injuries.
Do Not Wait to File Your Dog Bite Injury Claim
Unfortunately, the law limits the amount of time you have to file a claim after a dog attack. Typically, a victim has one year from the date of the injury to file a claim. However, you should talk to one of our knowledgeable Nashville dog bite injury attorneys as soon as possible so we can start collecting evidence now to build a strong case for you.
Our team is dedicated helping innocent victims seek compensation for the negligence or misconduct of dog owners. We stand ready to fight for your rights with a passionate commitment to pursuing justice. You should not be forced to suffer the financial and emotional consequences of a dog bite injury, and we want to help!
Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation, and let our team get to work on your case immediately.