Dog Bite Injury

Fatal Dog Bite Raises Questions Regarding Adoption Agencies

by Staff Blogger | November 18th, 2015

Many organizations work to find stray dogs forever homes, but a recent incident in which a Tennessee man was killed by a dog he had just adopted raises questions regarding liability.

The Nashville dog bite lawyers at Ponce Law explain the 57-year-old victim adopted a dog from Jackson-Madison County Rabies Control at around 10 a.m. on Nov. 12. Less than five hours later, the man was found dead in his home as the result of bite wounds. According to USA Today, the dog bit two others as well before it was shot and killed by law enforcement responding to the scene.

The attack raises questions about pet adoption policies. The law requires that all animals picked up or surrendered to animal control must be quarantined for three days. If the animal has a collar or identification chip, it’s held for up to a week. After that the animal is put up for adoption. Furthermore, there is no indication that dogs put up for adoption are assessed for dangerous behavior or that staff is required to warn people about a dog’s history of aggression.

These risks are just one reason why all citizens should be aware of the steps to take when a dog bites. That’s because knowing what you should do in the wake of a canine attack can help ensure your rights are protected at all times.

Senator Kerry Roberts Suffers Dog Bite Injury

by Staff Blogger | September 4th, 2015

Dogs are typically known as man’s best friend, but sometimes they can turn on humans and pose a serious threat to our health and safety. The Nashville dog bite lawyers at Ponce Law say these risks were made evident by a recent dog attack involving a state senator.

State Senator Kerry Roberts is an avid cyclist and was out on a ride on Weds., Sept. 2, with his wife on Youngville Road in Springfield, Tennessee. The pair encountered a group of dogs, and one of the animals attacked Senator Roberts, causing lacerations and puncture wounds to his leg.

Roberts attempted to fight off the dog but was unsuccessful until a truck scared the dogs away. According to Smokey Barn News, he was then able to seek medical treatment for his injuries, which included  12 stitches to close the bite wounds.

Records indicate the animal was restrained by an invisible electric fence, but officials say the batteries on the system must have failed and allowed the dog to escape.

The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the incident. The attack shows just how important it is to know what to do if a canine attacks. The attorneys at Ponce Law invite you to read our tips on the steps to take when a dog bites.

Girl Offers Safety Advice After Suffering a Dog Bite Injury

by Staff Blogger | July 31st, 2015

A 6-year-old girl from Columbia, Tennessee, is recovering from an attack by a neighbor’s dog last week. Now, she’s sharing a piece of advice for animal owners that our Nashville dog bite injury lawyers couldn’t agree with more.

The little girl’s story begins with a typical summer afternoon playing outside—until a neighbor’s unattended dog approached. The animal lunged and bit her, inflicting a foot and a half of lacerations across the girls face, head, and scalp.

The girl was rushed to a local hospital for treatment and is still recovering. Just days after the attack, the girl told reporters with WKRN 2 News that dog owners should keep their animals restrained at all times because they could hurt others like her.

The legal staff at Ponce Law believes this is a great piece of advice for dog owners. Tennessee law states that a dog must be controlled at all times by it’s owner when in public or on another person’s private property. A violation of these rules can result in criminal charges against animal owners if their pets injure another person while uncontrolled.

The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law know that not all dog owners follow the rules. Read what steps to take when a dog bites to help protect your health—and your rights—in the event you’re bitten by a dog.

Nashville Dog Bite Lawyers Discuss Disputes Stemming From Canine Attacks

by Staff Blogger | May 6th, 2015

Tennessee dog bite laws create strict liability for canine owners whose animals attack people. However, the Nashville dog bite lawyers at Ponce Law explain that complications can arise if the dog owner disputes the facts surrounding the attack.

Recently, a 4-year-old boy from Nunnelly, Tennessee, suffered serious dog bite injuries after being allegedly attacked by a neighbor’s canine. The family of the boy wants the owner to take responsibility for the animal by keeping it confined or restrained, but he claims his pet wasn’t involved in the attack.

Reports from WSMV 4 News say the attack happened on April 1, as the victim and his father were picking up a friend at a home on Beckham Lane. The friend stated the dog was unrestrained on the porch of the home when it suddenly lunged forward and bit the young victim on the face. As a result of the attack, the boy suffered lacerations to his face, nose, and mouth, along with a broken tooth.

Despite the injuries and witnesses to the attack, the owner of the animal in question denies his dog’s responsibility, saying the bite wounds must have come from another stray dog wandering the neighborhood.

Dog bite disputes like this can be difficult to work out. That’s why Ponce Law would like to offer you some tips about what steps to take when a dog bites.

Rabies and Dog Bite Injuries

by Staff Blogger | August 25th, 2014

Dog bites can leave victims with bodily injuries, but they can also lead to infectious diseases. One of the most deadly diseases that can be spread by a dog bite injury is rabies.

Rabies is a viral disease that causes swelling in the brain, which can result in:

  • Uncontrolled salivation
  • Agitation
  • Changes in behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Death

If an animal suspected of carrying rabies is involved in a dog bite attack, it may be quarantined for up to 10 days. Recently, an animal in Bradley County was taken into custody for evaluation after attacking and seriously injuring a young boy. An article from News Channel 9 states the animal had been a stray, and it is unknown if the canine was vaccinated against the disease.

This is why experts say its so important that you keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date. Rabies shots should be given annually, and clinics may offer the injections for free or at a reduced price.

The Nashville personal injury lawyers with Ponce Law have seen the devastating results of dog bite injuries, and they encourage dog owners to socialize their animals to prevent attacks.

Group Works to Protect Children From Dog Bite Injuries

by Staff Blogger | July 7th, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year, approximately 4.5 million Americans will suffer dog bite injuries. Children are the most common victims of dog attacks, accounting for more than half of all dog bite victims requiring medical attention.

Studies show that one hour of instruction on safe dog handling can reduce the chances of bites and injuries by as much as 80 percent. This is why one organization is working to teach children to avoid being Tennessee bog bite injury victims through instruction on proper dog-handling and safety techniques.

An article from WBBJ 7 News states the event took place on July 2 at the Jackson-Madison County Library.

The event was put on by the Tennessee Safety Spotters, an organization that uses deaf Dalmatians to teach children how to properly approach and interact with canines. Izzie, one of the group’s dogs, worked to help teach children the importance of asking permission before approaching a strange dog, along with how to safely pet canines under the chin and possibly on the body.

The group does approximately 10 presentations per month, so look out for the Safety Spotters in your area.

At Ponce Law, we know questions may come up after suffering a dog bite injury you are unable to answer. Our team of Nashville personal injury attorneys have helped dog bite injury victims in the past and may be able to help clarify the concerns you have. So call us today to discuss your potential rights to compensation.