In Tennessee, the owner of a dog is strictly liable for injuries caused by their animal. This means that you do not have to prove that the dog’s owner was negligent. As long as you were not trespassing and did nothing to provoke the dog, the owner is responsible for your damages.
The Lawyers of Brown & Roberto are experienced at maximizing the recovery of victims in dog bite cases. Damages in these cases are usually covered by homeowners insurance.
Dog attacks usually affect those who are least able to defend themselves: children and the elderly. The physical and emotional scars from dog bites can last long after the attack. Children in particular may need future cosmetic surgery to minimize scarring. They may also need counseling to overcome their fear of dogs.
As with any serious personal injury case, it is important not to settle your case until you have been paid as much money as you are entitled to receive. At the outset, you may know what future expenses you are likely to have as a result of the attack. The following are examples of the damages you can recover:
- Past and future medical expenses;
- Past and future lost wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Any resulting disability;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of ability to normally enjoy your life; or
- Other unforeseen expenses.
Call (865) 691-2777 in Knoxville or East Tennessee to set up an initial consultation to discuss your dog bite case, or reach us through our convenient online form for more information about our practice.