Knoxville Dog Bite Lawyers Holding Animal Owners Accountable
Helping you recover compensation after a personal injury
Dog bites can do a lot of damage, both physically and emotionally. While the scars you have are likely to heal over time, the emotional turmoil associated with getting bitten by a dog could last much longer. At Fox & Farmer, Attorneys at Law, we are dedicated to holding dog owners responsible for the behavior of their pets. With more than 40 years of combined legal experience, and as lifetime residents of East Tennessee, we understand the issues our neighbors face in these types of cases. We have the skills and knowledge to help you attain a positive outcome.
The law related to animal bites in Tennessee
In Tennessee, dog bite laws, which fall under premises liability, are slightly less stringent than in other states. If a dog bites another person for the first time and the injury is not very serious, the owner generally gets a pass. However, if it is a repeat offense or the bite seriously injures or kills someone, the consequences can be severe for the owner. Severe attacks by dogs or other domestic animals may result in major injuries and permanent disfigurement. Even after the medical recovery is complete, the injury victim may have to deal with a lifetime of emotional trauma.
Dog owners are responsible for making sure their animals are properly trained and vaccinated for human interaction. Common cases in which the owners of loose dogs are liable include:
- A dog in the yard with no “Beware of Dog” sign, and the animal attacks another person
- A dog with a history of violence outside attacking a pedestrian or cyclist
- A dog with a history of violence inside a home attacking a guest or resident
What responsibilities do dog owners have?
If the dog owner makes a reasonable effort to ensure the safety of people on the property, including keeping the dog in a separate room, behind a fence or chained in the yard, or puts up a Beware of Dog sign, then the owner is not likely to be held liable. Dog owners are also not liable for any injuries suffered by trespassers on a property.
If you believe the owner of the dog that bit you or your loved one is liable in your case, a personal injury lawyer can investigate the incident and help to determine fault. You may be eligible to receive compensation to cover medical bills, lost time at work, and emotional pain and suffering.
Work with a Sevierville attorney who has experience with dog bite cases
Schedule a free initial consultation with Fox & Farmer, Attorneys at Law today by calling us at 865.951.7268 or by contacting us online. We offer flexible hours at our office, which is just off I-40 and I-75. We can also come to your home or hospital room to meet with you. We operate on a contingency fee basis, so you don't pay a dime unless we are successful with your case.