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 Law in Clarksville, Tennessee. We represent clients in personal injury claims throughout Tennessee. We are committed to providing the experienced representation and quality client service you deserve.
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:
The owner of a dog or one who has control of a dog has a duty 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 ... If the dog is off the owner's property, the owner may be held liable regardless of whether the dog has shown any dangerous propensities or whether the dog's owner knew or should have known of the dog's dangerous propensities. Injuries caused by a dog on the owner's property may also create liability if the owner knew or should have known that the dog had dangerous propensities. [T.C.A. 44-8-408]
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 an experienced personal injury attorney.
Our founding attorney, Fendley Law, has been representing clients in personal injury cases for more than 30 years. He has been certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1984. As an experienced negotiator and trial lawyer, Fendley Law can ensure that you receive the vigorous representation you deserve.
If you need to speak with a Clarksville dog bite attorney, contact Fendley Law. For assistance, call 931-245- HELP (4357) or contact us by e-mail.