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Dog Bites

Dog Bites2020-07-16T18:12:58+00:00

Dog Bite Injury Attorneys in Chattanooga

Nobody should have to suffer dog bite injuries due to the negligent or reckless actions of a dog owner.

Yet many people injured by dog bites do not realize that they may have a valid case for holding the dog owner liable.

Sometimes, despite the physical and mental trauma from the incident, nothing is done and the dog may go on to bite another victim in the future.

The experienced dog bite attorneys at Houston & Alexander, PLLC can advise and represent you if you have been the victim of a dog bite in Tennessee or Northern Georgia.

We will assess your case and, if necessary, seek the compensation you deserve from irresponsible pet owners.

Is the dog owner liable for dog bite injuries in Tennessee?

Surprisingly, perhaps, there are almost five million dog bite incidents per year in the U.S, and up to 1,000 adults and children are injured per day.

Over half of dog bite injuries are caused by unrestrained canines on their owner’s property and the most serious injuries are often suffered by young children and babies.

If you or your child have been bitten by a dog in Tennessee, the dog owner is generally liable for the damages you have suffered.

The location of the incident is important, as are other circumstances.

If you are injured in a public place or while you were lawfully in a private place, the dog owner may be strictly liable for injury or damage to your property.

This law of strict liability does not apply in cases where an injury is caused in the following circumstances:

  • By a police or military dog on duty
  • When you were trespassing on private property
  • When the dog was securely confined
  • If you provoked the dog to bite
  • If the dog was protecting its owner from an attack

A common defense against a dog bite lawsuit is that the dog was provoked or that you were trespassing on the property.

You must be ready to counter these arguments. That’s why it is best to seek representation from an experienced dog bite attorney who is familiar with the strategies used to prove fault in such cases.

What if the dog has not bitten anyone before?

In the past in Tennessee, a victim needed to prove that a dog had a history of aggression in order to win damages.

This law no longer applies.

So, even if the dog has never bitten anyone before, it is sometimes possible to prove liability in the sense that the dog owner knew (or should have known) that dog has an aggressive nature.

Again, this requires the experience of a seasoned dog bite attorney.

What is premises liability law in Tennessee?

Premises liability law may come into play in dog bite cases in Tennessee. This law is to protect people against injuries caused by known dangers on someone’s property.

Aggressive dogs and other aggressive pets are considered as “dangerous” conditions for visitors and the immediate neighborhood. The property owner, therefore, has a legal duty to take adequate precautions to protect against unsafe or hazardous conditions for guests and those in the vicinity.

This includes:

  • Keeping dogs on a leash
  • Restraining aggressive dogs
  • Monitoring children
  • Supervising interactions between dogs and visitors
  • Providing adequate barriers, if required
  • Warning neighbors of potential danger

Failure to follow the guidelines outlined above may result in a preventable dog bite injury for which the property owner can generally be held liable for damages.

Personal injuries or bodily damage from dog bites

Most dogs do not set out to injure people. However, some inadvertently cause harm by lashing out at perceived threats.

When a canine bites, its teeth are designed to tear flesh.

So, depending on the size of the dog and of the victim, as well as the ferocity of the attack, this can result in horrific and life-altering injuries:

  • Deep lacerations and open wounds that cause permanent scarring
  • Torn ligaments that require considerable time to heal
  • Loss of limb
  • Temporary or permanent nerve damage
  • Hematoma (damage to blood vessels)
  • Bone fractures and breaks
  • Infected wounds and exposure to rabies
  • Emotional trauma

When wounds affect highly visible parts of the body like the face, head, and neck, and result in permanent scarring or a requirement for cosmetic surgery, the emotional trauma can last long after the physical pain has worn off.

Another major issue is the possibility of infection requiring long-term medical treatment. This occurs in about 20 percent of cases.

Can a dog bite victim be compensated for personal injuries?

If you can prove liability on the part of the dog owner, you may be able to pursue damages for the following types of losses:

  • Emergency care (often very expensive for bite victims)
  • Hospital medical bills (including surgery)
  • Prescription medication costs
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Follow-up treatments
  • Cosmetic surgery (if required)
  • Lost income (where time off work is necessary)
  • Future lost income (where your future earnings are affected)
  • Mental pain and anguish

The actual amount of damages that you will be awarded depends on the precise circumstances of your case but your attorney should be able to provide an estimate based on past cases.

Please note that if the dog bites resulted in the death of a child or another loved one, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.

Protect Your Rights: Call Houston & Alexander, PLLC

Dog bite injuries can be complex and must be carefully assessed on a case-by-case basis.

During your free initial consultation, an attorney at our firm can review your case and discuss possible legal strategies with you.

If you retain us, we will represent you on a contingency basis. This means you will owe attorneys’ fees only if we obtain compensation for you.

Call us at our Chattanooga office today at 423-267-6715 or contact us online.

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TESTIMONIALS

The moment finally came when I saw Jay walk down the stairs in the court room, he flashed me a thumbs up and I knew… I knew I won.

If you need a lawyer do not hesitate to call Houston & Alexander. There is no one that will represent you better anywhere in Chattanooga. I wholeheartedly give them five stars.

– Antonio

I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUIs and other charges. I was not sure where to turn and called Houston and Alexander. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids…everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence net result was I was able to keep my family together.

-Colleen

We’ve been clients of Houston & Alexander for three years, with Bret Alexander representing us during that time. I can’t speak highly enough of his integrity, professionalism, and his dedication to our legal needs. We are so grateful for his guidance and effectiveness through such a difficult time. He’s an attorney you can trust and depend on to do the right thing. We are sincerely so grateful. Thank You!

– Trish

I am a Desert Storm veteran and found myself in need of legal counsel. Everyone from the receptionist to the attorney himself treated me with the utmost respect and dignity. I found them to be knowledgeable and most helpful. I would recommend Houston and Alexander for all your legal needs. Thank you for all of your help.

– C Pugh

I won’t go into specifics because they are very embarrassing for my family. But if you have a daughter who has been criminally charged with a serious charge, Johnny Houston should be your go-to gentleman. Because of his hard work, and diligence in our case, we can once again hold our heads High and consider this a lesson learned. Thank you Johnny Houston from the bottom of our hearts!

-Karen A.

My son made a couple of mistakes and was faced with having a criminal record. Mr. Houston stepped in and provided us with excellent representation. My son will NOT have a record now and is looking forward to the future. I also can’t say enough about the staff at Houston & Alexander. Always responsive and informative and really went the extra mile. I cannot recommend them enough!

– Alice

Due the stress of this pandemic and the loss of employment, my wife and I got into an argument and I ended up getting arrested and charged with domestic violence. I could not go home, could not have any contact with my wife and had no place to live. An elected official/friend referred me to Johnny Houston and his law firm. Due to Johnny’s efforts, not only did we get into court quickly, but all charges were dismissed. We are back together now and I am getting this expunged. Thank you, Johnny!

– Client

I had too much to drink one night and backed into another car. I was charged with second offense DUI and felony reckless endangerment. I was at a real low point in my life and my husband had recently passed away. Johnny was able to get the felonies dismissed and I pled guilty to a first offense. Instead of facing significant jail time and a felony, I did a few days in jail and wore an alcohol monitor. Johnny was able to humanize me with the DA and I was able to get my life back on track again. Great law firm! You would be crazy to go anywhere else.

– Karen M.

I am a college student. I was involved in a wreck and was charged with DUI and leaving the scene. I thought I was ok to drive but my blood result said otherwise. A DUI conviction would have really hurt my chances of getting a good job. Johnny and Bret told me I had a difficult case and the only guarantee they gave was that they would work hard for me. They NEVER gave up on my case and ultimately persuaded the arresting officer and the DA to reduce the charge. If YOU need help on a DUI or any other case, call them! These men are not only hard working but kind.

– Kate

I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUI and other charges. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids…everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence . I kept my house and my family intact! I have turned my life around and things are great! Johnny did not forget about me once the case was over, either. I needed some additional help with my license and Johnny jumped right on it.

– Colleen

Johnny and Bret took my case and treated me like a person, not a number. I was looking at a long prison sentence (10+ years). These guys stepped in, calmed me down and told me that they were going to be there for me. When you first walk in their office, you have that at home-feeling. With Mrs Wanda, a very welcoming atmosphere. They really treat you like family here. I would recommend Mr Houston and Mr Alexander to anyone who needs their service. You will not go wrong with these guys. THEY KNOW THE LAW!!!!

– WARDELL

We were from out of town and had no friends or family in the area. Things got out of control and the next morning we were arrested and charged with Felonies. In my opinion we were over charged. We called Johny and he agreed to meet with us right away. Johnny was attentive and listened. Facing possible jail time and the loss of my husband,s job we were terrified. Johnny literally rescued us! Hetook the lead, met with the DA and the alleged victim and really smoothed things over. Johnny was confident and appeared to get along well with the Prosecutors and Judges. We were very fortunate to find Johnny.

– Tana

TESTIMONIALS

The moment finally came when I saw Jay walk down the stairs in the court room, he flashed me a thumbs up and I knew… I knew I won.

If you need a lawyer do not hesitate to call Houston & Alexander. There is no one that will represent you better anywhere in Chattanooga. I wholeheartedly give them five stars.

– Antonio

I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUIs and other charges. I was not sure where to turn and called Houston and Alexander. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids…everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence net result was I was able to keep my family together.

-Colleen

We’ve been clients of Houston & Alexander for three years, with Bret Alexander representing us during that time. I can’t speak highly enough of his integrity, professionalism, and his dedication to our legal needs. We are so grateful for his guidance and effectiveness through such a difficult time. He’s an attorney you can trust and depend on to do the right thing. We are sincerely so grateful. Thank You!

– Trish

I am a Desert Storm veteran and found myself in need of legal counsel. Everyone from the receptionist to the attorney himself treated me with the utmost respect and dignity. I found them to be knowledgeable and most helpful. I would recommend Houston and Alexander for all your legal needs. Thank you for all of your help.

– C Pugh

I won’t go into specifics because they are very embarrassing for my family. But if you have a daughter who has been criminally charged with a serious charge, Johnny Houston should be your go-to gentleman. Because of his hard work, and diligence in our case, we can once again hold our heads High and consider this a lesson learned. Thank you Johnny Houston from the bottom of our hearts!

-Karen A.

My son made a couple of mistakes and was faced with having a criminal record. Mr. Houston stepped in and provided us with excellent representation. My son will NOT have a record now and is looking forward to the future. I also can’t say enough about the staff at Houston & Alexander. Always responsive and informative and really went the extra mile. I cannot recommend them enough!

– Alice

Due the stress of this pandemic and the loss of employment, my wife and I got into an argument and I ended up getting arrested and charged with domestic violence. I could not go home, could not have any contact with my wife and had no place to live. An elected official/friend referred me to Johnny Houston and his law firm. Due to Johnny’s efforts, not only did we get into court quickly, but all charges were dismissed. We are back together now and I am getting this expunged. Thank you, Johnny!

– Client

I had too much to drink one night and backed into another car. I was charged with second offense DUI and felony reckless endangerment. I was at a real low point in my life and my husband had recently passed away. Johnny was able to get the felonies dismissed and I pled guilty to a first offense. Instead of facing significant jail time and a felony, I did a few days in jail and wore an alcohol monitor. Johnny was able to humanize me with the DA and I was able to get my life back on track again. Great law firm! You would be crazy to go anywhere else.

– Karen M.

I am a college student. I was involved in a wreck and was charged with DUI and leaving the scene. I thought I was ok to drive but my blood result said otherwise. A DUI conviction would have really hurt my chances of getting a good job. Johnny and Bret told me I had a difficult case and the only guarantee they gave was that they would work hard for me. They NEVER gave up on my case and ultimately persuaded the arresting officer and the DA to reduce the charge. If YOU need help on a DUI or any other case, call them! These men are not only hard working but kind.

– Kate

I had hired another law firm and they were getting nowhere with my case. I was charged with multiple offense DUI and other charges. Johnny Houston went the EXTRA MILE for me! The other law firm had negotiated a sentence that may have made me lose my house, my kids…everything. Johnny was not only able to get my charges reduced but also the sentence . I kept my house and my family intact! I have turned my life around and things are great! Johnny did not forget about me once the case was over, either. I needed some additional help with my license and Johnny jumped right on it.

– Colleen

Johnny and Bret took my case and treated me like a person, not a number. I was looking at a long prison sentence (10+ years). These guys stepped in, calmed me down and told me that they were going to be there for me. When you first walk in their office, you have that at home-feeling. With Mrs Wanda, a very welcoming atmosphere. They really treat you like family here. I would recommend Mr Houston and Mr Alexander to anyone who needs their service. You will not go wrong with these guys. THEY KNOW THE LAW!!!!

– WARDELL

We were from out of town and had no friends or family in the area. Things got out of control and the next morning we were arrested and charged with Felonies. In my opinion we were over charged. We called Johny and he agreed to meet with us right away. Johnny was attentive and listened. Facing possible jail time and the loss of my husband,s job we were terrified. Johnny literally rescued us! Hetook the lead, met with the DA and the alleged victim and really smoothed things over. Johnny was confident and appeared to get along well with the Prosecutors and Judges. We were very fortunate to find Johnny.

– Tana

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