Knoxville Dog Bite Lawyer
At Barnes Law Firm, our Knoxville dog bite lawyers are skilled, experienced advocates for injured victims and their families. We know how to hold negligent dog owners, property owners, and insurance companies accountable. If you or your child was injured by a dangerous dog, our legal team is ready to help. To set up a free, no-obligation consultation with a top-rated Tennessee dog bite attorney, please reach out to our Knoxville office today.
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What are the Most Common Dog Bite Injuries?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 800,000 Americans seek professional medical attention for dog bite injuries each year. While some of these injuries are minor, many others are severe, even catastrophic. Our Knoxville, TN personal injury lawyers handle the full range of dog bite injury claims. Some of the most common dog bite injuries include:
- Puncture wounds;
- Deep lacerations;
- Broken bones;
- Nerve damage;
- Facial scarring; and
- Permanent disfigurement.
You should always get medical treatment as soon as possible after a dog bite. When a dog pierces a person’s skin, bacteria from the dog’s mouth can get into the bloodstream. Many of these injuries are at high risk of becoming infected. To prevent infection, all dog bite punctures should be treated right away.
What You Need to Know About Dog Bite Liability in Tennessee
Tennessee’s dog bite laws are complicated. Our state uses a combination of strict liability and the somewhat more giving ‘one-bite’ rule. Which dog bite liability standard applies will depend on the specific facts of the case.
Under Tennessee Law (Tenn. Code Ann. § 44-8-413), dog owners have a legal duty to keep their animals under reasonable control at all times. The dog cannot be permitted to roam at large. When a dog owner violates this duty, they are strictly liable for any harm caused by their animal. As an example, if a dog escapes and bites a stranger on public property, the owner may be held strictly liable for the damages.
In other cases, dog owners may be liable under the ‘one-bite’ rule. Essentially, that rule holds some dog owners to a higher standard. If a dog has a history of aggression, a dog owner must take additional precautions to protect other people from the risks posed by their ‘dangerous’ dog.
Maximize Your Financial Compensation
Through a dog bite injury claim, you can seek compensation for economic and non-economic damages. Most dog bite cases are defended by insurance companies. Insurers fight to pay out as little in financial support as possible. Do not accept less than you deserve. At The Barnes Law Firm, our Knoxville dog bite attorneys have the skills and knowledge to help people maximize their financial compensation. Depending on the severity of dog bite injuries, you may be eligible to recover compensation for:
- Emergency medical treatment;
- Surgical operations;
- Other medical bills and costs;
- Rehabilitative care, including psychological counseling;
- Loss of current and future income;
- Pain and suffering;
- Scarring or disfigurement;
- Long term disability; and
- Wrongful death.
How Our Tennessee Dog Bite Attorney Can Help
Tennessee’s dog bites injury laws are complicated. At The Barnes Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers have the knowledge and experience to effectively handle your case. When you reach out to our Knoxville law office, you will have an opportunity to consult with a dog bite injury attorney who can:
- Conduct a free, comprehensive analysis of your claim;
- Answer all of your questions and explain what happens next;
- Investigate your dog bite injury—securing evidence; and
- Build a customized strategy designed to get you the best outcome.
You do not have to worry about the cost of hiring a top dog bite injury lawyer. The last thing you need to worry about is another bill. We represent dog bite victims on a contingency fee basis. We only get paid when we win or settle your case. There are no upfront costs, out-of-pocket fees, or hourly billing rates.
Contact Our Knoxville, TN Dog Bite Injury Attorney for Immediate Help
At Barnes Law Firm, our Tennessee dog bite lawyers are skilled, results-driven advocates for injured victims. We know how to hold negligent dog owners accountable. If you or someone care about was hurt by a dog, we are available to help. For a free, no-commitment review of your personal injury claim, please contact us today. With an office in Knoxville, we handle dog bite injury claims throughout Eastern Tennessee, including in Knox County, Blount County, Sevier County, and Anderson County.
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