July 21st, 2020|
If you feel like you see dogs more than ever nowadays, there’s a good reason for that. As of 2017, there were nearly 90 million pet dogs in America—an increase of more than 20 million compared to 2000, when there were around 68 million in the U.S. While the vast majority of those dogs bring nothing but smiles and joy to owners, it’s important to remember that dogs can bite, even without provocation or a history of aggression.
Dogs have incredibly sharp teeth and powerful jaws. All breeds are capable of causing serious injuries when they bite, and those injuries can result in potentially disabling and life-threatening complications. Victims may suffer profuse bleeding, nerve damage, and infection, and they may develop large scars that can be emotionally distressing.
At Ponce Law, our Nashville dog bite lawyers work hard to get dog bite victims the compensation they deserve. We know that many victims are reluctant to file claims against owners, but not doing so can mean paying out of pocket for big medical bills. For example, many dog bite victims require everything from intensive wound care and surgery to overnight stays in the hospital and even prolonged physical rehabilitation.
Whether the dog that bit you is owned by a friend, a family member, or a complete stranger, it’s important to pursue the money you’re owed—especially if the bite occurred because the dog wasn’t leashed or enclosed. Contact us today to learn more about your options. We want to help you move forward with your life after such a traumatic injury, and we know what it takes to win.
April 8th, 2020|
For many people, taking their dogs on walks is among the few respites they get from being cooped up in their homes all day during the COVID-19 pandemic and Tennessee’s stay-at-home order. And while getting some fresh air and exercise is great for people and canines alike, dog owners must still exhibit the same caution and preventative measures as before to protect others from their pets. That includes always keeping their dogs on leashes and preventing them from jumping up on others.
When dog owners fail to leash or enclose their dogs, they can bite or attack people nearby, even if they have no history of aggression. Dog bites can cause serious complications, including severe bleeding, infection, nerve damage, and more. At Ponce Law, our Nashville dog bite lawyers believe that people who are bitten by dogs that weren’t leashed or enclosed deserve maximum compensation, especially when they’re facing big medical bills and a prolonged time away from work.
If you or someone you love was bitten by a dog, don’t let it slide. You may suffer from bite-related complications for months or even years, and you should be compensated for what you’ve gone through and what you may face in the future. Our legal team is here to collect evidence that proves the bite was caused by a negligent owner, and then to hold that owner accountable for your bite-related expenses. Contact us today for a free consultation. We want to put our experience to work for you.
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.
June 10th, 2015|
It’s estimated that as many as 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year. Research shows that a majority of victims are children. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that a dog has bitten half of all children under age 12.
Despite these numbers, there are very few protections for dog bite injury victims—especially in Tennessee. Tennessee dog bite laws only allow a dog owner to be held liable for damages his or her animal causes if the victim can prove the animal has displayed vicious behavior in the past or the attack happened while the dog was loose on public property.
One woman is calling on lawmakers to create more stringent Tennessee dog bite laws after her child was attacked on two separate occasions. An article from WSMV 4 News explains that the Williamson County woman was visiting family with her 4-year-old daughter when a family member’s canine lunged at the child and bit her cheek. Just months before, a similar incident occurred with a dog owned by the same family member.
The child has now endured hundreds of stitches resulting in thousands of dollars in medical bills that the dog owner cannot be held liable for. Since the dogs were in their home and neither had a history of attacking, the owner is not responsible for damages.
Cases like this not only show the need for stricter laws, but also for the public to be more aware of the dangers approaching a strange dog can pose. That’s why the Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law encourage you to never attempt to pet a dog without asking the owner’s permission first. Also, it can help to educate yourself and your children about the warning signs an aggressive dog may display prior to biting.
September 11th, 2013|
September 11, 2013
The Nashville Dog Bite Lawyers with Ponce Law point out that each year there are many Tennessee citizens who become the victims of canine attacks. These attacks can lead to particular breeds of dogs getting a reputation as dangerous, but data collected recently shows breed discrimination may be unfounded.
According to an article from The Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, more than 250 dog bites were reported in Montgomery County last year. Experts crunched the numbers from these cases and found more than 40 breeds were responsible for these incidents.
While pit bulls, German shepherds, and Labrador retrievers each had the highest number of bite instances, the team was also quick to realize that there were higher populations of these breeds compared to others.
Experts also stated that the severity of the injuries, not the number of biting instances, likely also played a part in giving specific breed reputations as dangerous.
So, what is being done in the area to help prevent dog bites from occurring in Tennessee?
State legislators recently proposed a ban on specific breeds, but the bill was shot down. However, similar regulations have been implemented on military installations in the area.
Michael D. Ponce and Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes how devastating injuries caused by a dog bite can be. That’s why the firm is here to help anyone who has been seriously injured as a result of a canine attack.
August 28th, 2013|
August 28, 2013
A canine attack can leave a victim with both physical and emotional scars that often take a long time to heal. The Nashville Dog Bite Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates explain that this seems to be the case for a 66-year-old woman from Parsons, Tennessee, who was seriously injured as the result of an attack by a neighbor’s dog.
According to an article released by WBBJ 7 News, the victim had her dog tied up in her back yard when she noticed the neighbor’s animal had entered the rear of the residence and began attacking her dog. The woman hesitated to attempt to break up the fight, but exited her home and threw a bucket of water at the two dogs. That is when the neighbor’s animal lunged at the victim, biting her face and torso.
The woman suffered serious injuries that required reconstructive surgery and more than 300 stitches to repair the damage that was done. She now also has a fear of any dog that enters her yard.
The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates are aware of the devastating effects an animal attack can have on a victim and his or her family. That is why the firm is here to help anyone who has been bitten by a dog.