Dogs can be our closest companions and provide immeasurable benefits. Unfortunately, sometimes dogs bite. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States. The most at-risk groups for dog bites are children and men, with children in the age range of 5 to 9 years old having the highest risk of being bitten. Any person who is bitten by a dog should seek medical attention due to the risk of bacterial infection and rabies. According to the CDC, 1 out of 5 dog bites becomes infected, so don’t take a dog bite lightly.
A person who is bitten by a dog may be able to recover his or her medical expenses and other damages from the dog’s owner, depending on the circumstances. Every state has its own set of specific rules and laws that apply to dogs and concerning what a dog bite victim must prove in order to recover damages from the dog’s owner. This is why, if you are a dog bite victim, you should speak with an experienced dog bite lawyer in your state. As an experienced dog bite lawyer Memphis, TN trusts, we routinely advise clients about dog bite laws in Tennessee and we instruct our clients on what proof is needed and what evidence should be gathered. Generally speaking, in any dog bite case the following facts and/or issues will be highly relevant:
- Where, exactly, did the bite occur? Was it on the dog’s property, on a public street, in a park, etc.? Photographs of the location of the property where the attack occurred.
- What were the circumstances surrounding the incident? How, exactly, did the incident happen?
- Was the dog provoked or spooked in any way?
- Identity of the dog’s owner.
- Characteristics of the dog: breed, age, sex, health, temperament, socialization, training. Photographs of the dog.
- The dog’s history of aggressive behavior or biting.
- Type and number of bite wounds. Photographs of all bite wounds.
- Medical treatment and bills incurred because of the dog attack.
Insurance companies may try to deny your dog bite claim if you do not present the proper information establishing liability in your state. In addition, court rules require that specific evidence be presented in certain ways, and that is why you should have an experienced lawyer help you properly support and prove your dog bite case, either to the insurance company or in court.
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