Dogs are common pets for a family to own. Dogs are known as “man’s best friend,” but don’t let that trick you into thinking they are incapable of seriously injuring someone. It is important to remember that dogs are animals and not humans. Dogs can harm those around them. If you are injured by a dog it can lead to steep medical bills and loss of wages. Dog owners can be held liable for a dog bite and any injuries that were caused because of it. Read on & contact an experienced Memphis Dog Bite Lawyer who can help you seek reasonable compensation for your injuries.
What is the Difference Between Strict Liability and the One-Bite Rule?
Strict Liability: In Tennessee, strict liability states that a dog owner can be held liable even if they had no prior knowledge of a dog’s aggressive behavior or tendency to bite. Strict liability applies only to situations where the victim was injured by a dog on public or private property.
One-Bite Rule: In Tennessee, the one-bite rule states that a dog owner is not liable for a dog bite or dog-related injury if the victim can prove that the owner had or should have had prior knowledge of their dog’s aggressive behavior and tendencies. The one-bite rule only applies if the injury happened on private property where the dog owner had permission to be.
What Are Exceptions For a Dog Bite Injury?
Tennessee allows certain exceptions to when a dog owner can be held liable for a dog bite injury. One of the main exceptions is if the victim is found negligent by any means. If the victim was provoking, tormenting, or abusing the dog which caused the dog to attack, the owner will not be held liable. If the victim was trying to trespass or commit criminal activity, the owner will not be liable. If the dog was simply protecting itself and its property, the owner may not be held liable for any injuries sustained.
If you have been bitten or attacked by a vicious dog, you have one year from the date the injury was inflicted to file a claim against the owner. If you fail to file a claim within this time frame, you will be barred from ever doing so in the future. If you have been injured by a dog-related incident, consult an experienced Memphis Personal Injury Lawyer who can help you file a claim in Tennessee.
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