Dog Bites Overview
Each year, over 4.7 million people suffer dog bites throughout the United States. In some cases, victims are lucky to sustain minor flesh wounds or bruises. However, in serious dog bite cases, victims are mauled, severely attacked and traumatized for years to come. When a dog attacks, the after effects can be devastating and lead to life-threatening injuries. What is most alarming about dog bites is that the victims are often young children who are unable to defend themselves when a dog strikes, which can lead to catastrophic injuries and in few cases, a child’s death.
Chattanooga Dog Owner Liability
In Tennessee, people who decide to keep dogs as pets are responsible for their dog’s behavior. Dog owners must take appropriate measures to ensure that their pets do not inflict harm on other people, such as keeping their dogs on leashes or in fenced-in yards. If a person is injured from a dog bite and decides to take legal action, the dog owner may have to pay for things like the victim’s medical expenses and pain and suffering.