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More than four million Americans are the victims of dog bite attacks each year according to a recent report by the CDC. The same report finds that 20 percent of all dog bite victims require medical attention. Tragically, many dog bite victims are young children. If you or your child has been the victim of a dog bite attack, contact Fendley & Etson in Clarksville, Tennessee. Our dedicated dog bite lawyers represent clients in personal injury claims throughout Tennessee. We are committed to providing the experienced representation and quality client service you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, our firm is here to help you fight for the compensation you deserve and need to get back on your feet again. Reach out to our seasoned Clarksville personal injury lawyers so we can get started working on your case.
When a dog attacks, it can inflict tremendous damage on its target. People who are attacked by a dog may suffer serious or even fatal injuries. Injuries commonly associated with dog bite attacks include lacerations, nerve damage, scars and disfigurement. Dog bite victims may suffer emotional injuries as well, including anxiety.
While certain dog breeds are responsible for a large number of dog bite attacks, any dog that has not been properly trained, socialized and restrained may potentially attack an innocent victim. Dog owners have a responsibility to properly monitor their dog, properly restrain their dog, and act prudently for the protection of the public. Tennessee law provides strong protections for dog bite victims.
Essentially, all dog owners (or people who have control of a dog) have a duty to keep the dog from running at large. For example, if a dog owner fails to keep their dog on a leash in a public place and the dog runs away and bites someone, the dog owner will likely be found liable for any injuries sustained. Additionally, even if a dog is on its owner’s property, if it attacks someone who was lawfully on their property, such as a friend or relative, and the dog owner knew or should have known the dog had dangerous propensities, the dog owner may be held liable.
If the owner of the dog who bit you has homeowner’s insurance, the owner will be represented by an insurance defense lawyer. Such lawyers are highly trained and skilled. To obtain the full compensation you are entitled to receive, you will need a team of experienced Clarksville dog bite lawyers on your side. Contact Fendley & Etson for a free consultation today.