Dog Bites

Dogs make wonderful pets. But even the sweetest dog can react violently, often without warning.

The American Veterinary Medical Association says dogs can bite to defend its territory, if they have been started or scared, or to protect something valuable to them, like a toy, their puppies, or their food. Sometimes, dogs bite when they are injured or ill. Some dogs even bite during play when they get overly excited.

Socializing pets can help prevent dogs from biting. Exposing them to different situations helps them feel at ease. 

Tennessee law requires dog owners to keep their pets under reasonable control, including keeping them from running free. When owners fail to control their animals, they are responsible for damages their dog causes, including injuries to other people. The owner can be held liable for injuries and property damage caused by the dog on public property or another’s property.

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Injuries from dog bites can be serious. A dog’s teeth can cause puncture wounds, scars, broken bones, eye injuries, and nerve damage. Dog bites can also transmit diseases such as rabies. In severe cases, dog attacks have resulted in fatal injuries or life-long scars. 

The Centers for Disease Control estimates 4.5 million people suffer dog bites each year, with one in five bites requiring medical attention. The Insurance Information Institute reports dog-related injury claims exceeded $797 million in 2019, with an average cost per claim of $44,760.

Dog bites can carry an emotional toll as well as physical injuries. Scars provide a daily reminder of the attack. Victims, especially children, may suffer from anxiety or post-traumatic stress after an attack. Ongoing treatment may be necessary to overcome fears and regain emotional health, even after the physical injuries have healed.

Attorney Philip D. Burnett can help you seek compensation for your pain and suffering following a dog bite. Each case is unique. Mr. Burnett can discuss the facts of your case and help you fight for payments to help you recover physically and emotionally from a dog bite. Contact Burnett Law in Crossville to schedule a consultation on your case.

Sources:

https://www.avma.org/resources/pet-owners/why-do-dogs-bite#:~:text=Dogs%20bite%20as%20a%20reaction,bite%20because%20they%20feel%20threatened.

https://law.justia.com/codes/tennessee/2010/title-44/chapter-8/part-4/44-8-413

https://www.iii.org/article/spotlight-on-dog-bite-liability#:~:text=Liability%20claims%20related%20to%20dog,I)%20and%20State%20Farm%C2%AE.

https://www.chp.edu/injury-prevention/safety/home-and-yard/dog-bites/way-you-feel