Dog Bites

An improperly trained or vicious dog can quickly cause severe disfiguring injuries, especially to children. Author Henry Ward Beecher wrote: “The dog was created for children. He is the god of frolic.” In sharp contrast to the words of Henry Ward Beecher, author Dorothy Hinshaw says: “Even the tiniest Poodle or Chihuahua is still a wolf at heart.” Those two statements help explain why we see so many serious injuries caused by dogs. On one side, many people love dogs and properly care for them. On the other side, an improperly trained dog can be a dangerous animal.
In Tennessee, it is illegal and evidence of negligence to allow a dog to run at large. As such, the traditional wisdom that every dog has one free bite often does not apply. The liability for the misconduct of a dog is not limited to dog bites. For instance, we have successfully handled cases where bicyclists have lost control of their bikes and are injured as a result of a dog chasing them.
Many of the dog bite cases that we have handled have involved a dog belonging to a friend or relative of the injured party. In such cases, it should be remembered that the homeowner’s insurance usually provides coverage to the dog’s owner.If you or a family member is bitten by a dog, it is important that you identify the dog’s owner as soon as possible. Under Tennessee law, a person can be held responsible for a dog if the dog commonly stays at the person’s residence even if the person denies owning the dog. So it is critical that the dog’s normal habitat is discovered. We stand ready and able to take quick action to thoroughly investigate your case.
Both Mr. McDonald and Mr. Levy have handled many dog bit cases. Mr. Levy is a Board Certified Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is certified as Civil Trial Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. He has been selected as a Fellow of the Council of Litigation Fellows. Mr.Levy has been selected as a Super Lawyer in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury in the Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
For common questions about your case, go to the personal injurypage. Please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss your case.

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