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Nashville Dog Bite Attorney

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If you’ve suffered injuries from a dog bite or attack in Nashville, you need experienced legal representation from a Nashville injury lawyer. Tennessee’s dog bite liability laws are uniquely complex. Where some states hold pet owners strictly liable for their dog’s damages and others allow a one-bite rule which exempts dog owners whose dog had no prior history of biting, Tennessee combines both rules, making legal claims particularly challenging.

At Selvidge Injury Law, we understand the terror and trauma of dog bites. Call our Nashville dog bite attorneys today so we can begin the right strategy to recover the compensation and accountability you deserve.

Why Choose Us for Your Nashville Dog Bite Law Firm?

Attorney Adam Selvidge has represented injured clients in Nashville for over a decade with a track record of success that puts a powerful voice behind every client’s case. Our firm has a deep understanding of Tennessee’s unique dog bite laws and when certain exceptions for strict liability may apply. We offer the following qualities to advance your dog injury case for prompt resolution:

  • Free case consultations and no fees until we secure compensation for your dog bite injury
  • A Nashville firm with all of the large-city resources yet the feel of a small-town firm that treats clients like family
  • Open and honest client communication throughout the claim process. We are available to handle your questions and concerns so you are never in the dark about where your case stands
  • Experienced investigative skills to make a compelling case for your complete compensation through a carefully negotiated settlement or lawsuit in court when required

Is the Dog Owner Liable for My Dog Bite Injuries in Tennessee?

Some states allow dogs a single bite before the law considers a pet owner negligent for failing to prevent injuries from a dog that’s known to bite. Other states hold pet owners liable from the moment they take ownership or control of a dog. In Tennessee, the dog owner is strictly liable for your dog bite injury damages if the following is true:

  • The owner failed to contain the dog and the attack occurred in a public place or on your property, regardless of the dog’s history
  • The dog attacked without provocation
  • You were not attacked by a police dog or while committing a crime

In the above cases, the dog’s owner was negligent and must provide compensation for the consequences of the attack.

On the other hand, the one-bite rule comes into play under the following circumstances:

  • If the dog bit you on the owner’s private property, the owner is only liable for your damages if the dog previously bit someone at least one time

When a dog has a known history of biting or aggression, the dog owner is liable if they allow the dog to bite anyone lawfully on their property; for instance, a visitor, delivery person, or anyone approaching the front of the home for legitimate purposes.

What Compensation Can I Gain in a Nashville Dog Bite Case?

Dog bites range from mild to severe, with injuries that could include puncture wounds, torn skin and muscle, broken bones, loss of digits or limbs, scarring, and disfiguring facial injuries. They are also prone to infection. Damages in dog bite claims could include some or all of the following:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Reimbursement for lost wages and future income loss
  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring/disfigurement
  • Emotional trauma/PTSD

Call Selvidge Injury Law Today

You shouldn’t have to deal with Tennessee’s complicated dog bite laws while struggling with the physical and emotional pain of dog bite injuries. Reach out to Selvidge Injury Law today so we can begin the right strategy to maximize your financial recovery while you focus on your physical recovery. You deserve accountability and fair compensation after a dog attack. Call our Nashville dog bite attorneys today to schedule your free consultation.