Understanding Tennessee Dog Bite Injury Laws
Sustaining a dog bite injury is a devastating situation, and when the injury is severe, it can make it that much more of a frightening experience. When a dog bite injury occurs due to a dog owner’s careless acts and negligence, victims have the right to pursue compensation. Here’s what you need to know about the “one bite” rule in Tennessee.
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When Is a Dog Owner Liable for a Bite?
Under Tennessee’s “one bite rule,” it does not mean that an owner is allowed one “free bite” before they can be held liable and sued for a dog bite injury. Also known as “residential exclusion,” under the one-bite rule, if a bite occurs on property owned by a dog owner, the injured claimant must prove that the owner knew or should have reasonably known that the dog had dangerous propensities.
If you’ve been injured by a dog bite, you have one year from the date of the dog bite incident to file a claim.
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Strict Liability for Dog Bite Injuries
Strict liability means that the dog owner is held liable if a dog bite injury occurs, regardless of whether the injured person could have done anything to prevent it. A dog owner is liable if their dog bites someone, whether the owner did anything wrong under the following circumstances:
- The person was not trespassing or breaking the law at the time of the incident, and;
- The injured person did not rile or provoke the dog.
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Dog Owner Responsibilities in Tennessee
Under Tennessee laws, dog owners have the following responsibilities:
- To keep the dog under reasonable control at all times.
- To keep the dog from running loose.
Dog owners who breach the above duties can be held liable for any damages suffered by a person injured by the dog while in a public place or who was lawfully on the owner’s or other’s private property.
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Suffered a Dog Bite Injury? We Can Help
A dog bite can result in a severe injury, and the healing process can take a toll on victims physically, emotionally, and financially. If you sustained an injury from a dog bite that could have been prevented, we are here to protect your rights against negligent dog owners and hold them accountable.
At Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC, we are an advocate for the injured. When pursuing a personal injury claim, we are here to guide you and give you support through every step of the process. We’ll be in your corner fighting for the compensation you deserve.