If you’ve been attacked by a dog, the attorneys in our Nashville office may be able to help you take legal action against the animal’s owner. Under Tennessee law, a dog owner can be held liable for injuries that his or her dog causes to innocent bystanders.
Therefore, if you’ve been bitten by a dog, either in a public place (such as a park or sidewalk) or a private residence, you may be able to sue the animal’s owner and recover compensation for any losses stemming from the incident. Depending on the details of the attack, these losses may include medical bills, lost wages and other damages.
Have you or a loved one been injured by a dog bite or animal attack? If so, the animal attack attorneys in our Nashville office may be able to help you file a lawsuit against the animal’s owner. For a free consultation, please contact us today. Our Nashville attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that we only receive a legal fee if we are successful in obtaining compensation for your injuries.
Tennessee’s Dog Bite Law – The Dianna Acklen Act of 2007
In 2007, the state of Tennessee enacted the Dianna Acklen Act of 2007 to help dog bite victims obtain compensation from negligent pet owners whose dogs cause injuries to innocent bystanders. The Tennessee legislature passed this law after three dogs fatally attacked Dianne Acklen while she was walking through a rural residential neighborhood in Tennessee.
What Does The Law Say?
Under the Act, a dog owner has a legal duty to maintain reasonable control over his or her dog. If a dog owner fails to do so and the animal bites an innocent bystander, the victim may be able to pursue a lawsuit and hopefully recovering compensation for medical bills and other expenses incurred as a result of his or her injury.
Even if the owner did not know the dog was dangerous or was likely to bite people, the owner can still be held liable under Tennessee law. Furthermore, even if the victim provoked the dog in some way, he or she may still be eligible to receive compensation through a dog bite lawsuit.
Is There a Time Limit for Filing a Dog Bite Lawsuit?
In Tennessee, a dog bite lawsuit generally must be filed within one year of the date of the injury. Because of this time limit, it is very crucial that you speak to a lawyer as soon as possible after being attacked.
What Type of Compensation Can I Receive From a Dog Bite Lawsuit?
By working with the experienced attorneys in our Nashville office, you may be able to receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
To find out how a dog bite attorney in our Nashville office may be able to help, please complete our free, no-obligation case review form today.