Dog Bites

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Cheatham County Dog Bite Lawyer

Although many people think of dogs as loyal companions, it’s nonetheless the case that many dogs can be territorial or prone to attack. When an owner of an aggressive dog doesn’t take the necessary precautions, you might suddenly find yourself or a loved one a victim of a painful or even fatal attack. These attacks can be traumatic for victims and their families. They can cause physical and emotional suffering that persists after the original accident. 

If you, your child, or another family member sustained personal injuries in a dog attack, you may be entitled to damages. Attorney Rhonda R. Crabtree provides compassionate legal services to dog-bite victims from Cheatham County and the surrounding areas, including Robertson, Dickson, and Montgomery Counties. 

Give us a call at (615) 235-1564 or message us online to request a consultation with our dog bite lawyer in Cheatham County.

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Were You Attacked by a Dog in Dickson County, & Montgomery County? 

Were You Attacked by a Dog in Dickson County, & Montgomery County? 

Tens of thousands of Americans go to the emergency room every year to treat dog-bite injuries. These can range from relatively minor scratches and lacerations that require stitches to deep wounds and disfigurement. Some injuries might require multiple reconstructive surgeries or long-term physical rehabilitation. In the very worst cases, dog bites can be fatal. If you are the victim of a dog attack, it is important to seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible. Even minor wounds can become infected without proper treatment, which could lead to greater complications down the road. 

Not only can an attack cause physical injuries, but it can also cause emotional suffering. This is an understated side effect of dog attacks. Some victims loved dogs before, yet now they think twice before going to the park or even walking around their neighborhoods due to their past trauma and a newfound fear of interacting with other people’s pets. Particularly vicious dog attacks can even lead to post-traumatic stress. In some cases, especially when attacks leave the victims permanently disabled or disfigured, the attacks can radically change how people live and lead to decreased life enjoyment. 

Tennessee’s Dog Bite Laws

All dogs have the potential to bite — regardless of their size, breed, or age. However, some dogs are more prone to it than others. In the state of Tennessee, you may be entitled to damages if a dog with any history of aggression bites you at the owner’s private property. This is called the “one-bite” rule. The idea is that a dog that has bitten someone in the past has demonstrated the potential to bite. Thus, they need to be properly secured when guests enter the property. If not, the owner can be held at fault for the attack. However, “biting” isn’t the only way to demonstrate aggression. You may still be able to hold a dog owner liable if their pet has shown violent or territorial behaviors in the past and the owner didn’t take proper precautions to prevent an attack. 

Outside of private property, the law changes. Owners are subject to “strict liability.” This means that dog owners are responsible for almost all unprovoked injuries their pet causes while in public. 

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