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Why a dog that bites once is likely to cause more personal injury

Pet owners have a responsibility to prevent their animals from harming others. Still, too many pet owners refuse to acknowledge that their animal could cause personal injury in Tennessee. The consequences of this negligence can be dire - consider the New Jersey woman who was recently attacked by her neighbor's dog. The woman suffered disfiguring injuries to her face and injured her back during the attack, which happened while she was pet-sitting her neighbor's German shepherd chow-chow mix. The result? An $850,000 settlement for medical expenses.

Animal bite injuries not limited to dogs

About 2 to 5 million people in the United States will suffer an injury because of an animal bite every year. Although most animal bites are caused by dogs - about 85 to 90 percent - other domestic animals can also be dangerous and cause personal injuries. The risks associated with a dog bite injury may look different from those that accompany a cat bite injury - but all victims deserve to be compensated for their pain and suffering.

Woman undergoes rabies treatments for dog attack injuries

A woman on the East Coast is just one of many dog bite victims that are going through painful rabies treatments after being harmed by a domestic animal attack. The woman, who was attacked by a dog that burst out of a store while she and her dogs were outside, said that she was having difficulty paying for the costly treatments for her injuries, which are also exceptionally painful. She is undergoing the thorough rabies treatment, like many Tennessee residents, because of uncertainty about the dog's immunization status.

What steps should I take after a dog bite?

How should you respond when you have been bitten by a dog in Tennessee? In the immediate aftermath of this type of personal injury, you probably have a lot of questions. Instead of suffering through the anxiety that can come along with being the victim of a dog attack, consider enlisting the services of a qualified attorney. You can also take some steps to protect yourself and your family after your dog bite injury.

Take animal bites received on another's property seriously

Most of our Knoxville, Tennessee, neighbors understand premises liability, meaning they know they can pursue legal remedies if injured on another party's property. Most of these injuries occur due to slipping or falling, but an animal bite injury may also be a good reason to pursue a premises liability claim.

Should you call a doctor after an animal bite?

If you or a loved one has been bitten by an animal -- like the neighbor's dog -- there is a lot of first aid you can do to help. This includes washing the wound, putting pressure on it, applying local anti-bacterial creams and wrapping it. For minor issues, this may be enough, but when should you call a doctor?

Personal injury claim after dog attacks delivery man

A recently filed civil case in another state following a dog attack places the focus on the responsibilities of dog owners, once again. In the personal injury claim, the plaintiff alleges that he was attacked while making a delivery to the home of the dog owner and that the owner acted negligently. If the incident occurred in Tennessee, a similar claim could be made under the state's dog bite injury laws. 

Risks of animal bites

While it may not be the kind of injury that one usually associates with a personal injury, animal bites are one of the most common kinds of personal injury suits throughout the country. Animal bites can range in seriousness from relatively inconsequential to fatal, and may leave a victim permanently disabled and disfigured in some terrible cases.

Dog attacks 3 people, 2 suffer serious injuries

A neighborhood is in shock after a brutal dog attack on three people by four dogs on a recent Tuesday afternoon. Two of the three victims had to be taken to a hospital in the area for treatment of their injuries. The dogs attacked a UPS delivery man first and then turned on those trying to save him. Tennessee dog owners need to take note of the attack and their legal responsibilities.

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