September 3rd, 2021|
Dogs have been close and beloved companions for thousands of years. But even the most docile and domesticated dogs can bite—often without provocation or a history of aggression. Regardless of size or breed, all dogs have sharp teeth and powerful jaws. When they bite, victims may bleed profusely, experience muscle and tendon damage, and even lose sensation in and use of the affected body part.
Most people have a very favorable opinion of dogs, and when they get bitten, it may be by a dog owned by a neighbor, family member, or friend. Even if the dog is owned by a stranger, they may still be reluctant to report the bite or file a compensation claim, as they don’t want anything to happen to the dog or owner.
But because dog bites are so serious, victims often need expensive medical treatments. They may be hospitalized for days, especially if they suffer from widespread infection or nerve damage. Some victims may even require hospitalization and physical rehabilitation to regain function in their fingers, hands, or feet. The cost of those treatments can quickly overwhelm many people’s savings, even if they have health insurance.
That’s why filing a dog bite injury claim, regardless of who owns the dog, is a good idea. In most cases, dog bite claims are paid by renters insurance or homeowners insurance and not out of the dog owner’s pocket. Insurance policies like those exist for a reason, and it’s to protect injured victims and dog owners from undue financial difficulties.
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.
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.
April 13th, 2015|
In 2007, a bill was passed into law in Tennessee that established strict liability for owners of canines that bite people. The Nashville dog bite lawyers with Ponce Law explain a dogs owner must have his or her animal under reasonable control at all times and ensure the dog is not running at large.
Unfortunately, many dog owners fail to abide by these rules. Take the case of a woman who was left seriously injured after an attack in South Nashville late last week.
According to WSMV 4 News, the incident occurred on April 11 along Lewis Street. The victim was walking outside when she was attacked by a pack of dogs. She was left in critical condition and continues to recover from her injuries.
The incident leaves many citizens with some pressing questions about common dog bite injuries and what steps dog bite victims should take after an attack.
At Ponce Law, we have experience helping dog bite victims, and some of the most common injuries we’ve seen include:
- Lacerations– The teeth and claws of a canine can easily tear through flesh and muscle. These injuries can result in the need for corrective surgery and rehabilitation.
- Post Traumatic Stress– Some of the most damaging injuries sustained in a dog attack can go unseen. The emotional damage that a dog bite can inflict can cause more harm than some physical injuries.
- Infection– Dog bites are capable of transmitting numerous diseases and bacteria. Perhaps one of the most concerning infections one can receive is rabies.
If you were bitten by a dog, you may want to consider taking these steps. We hope this information helps to keep you and your loved ones safe around dogs.
November 20th, 2013|
November 20, 2013
The American Humane Association estimates that roughly 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States each year. An estimated 800,000 of those victims require medical care. The Nashville Dog Bite Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that children make up a disproportionate number of those victims.
A dog bite injury was recently highlighted in a story from WATE 6 News. A 2-year-old girl sustained a serious wound to the face after being bitten by her caregiver’s dog. Reports indicate the incident occurred last night just before 10 p.m. at a residence located on Central Avenue Pike in Knoxville.
The child regularly stayed at the home, but the dog was normally kept enclosed in a bedroom when the child was present. That evening, the toddler was allowed into the room with the dog. She was then bitten in the face by the animal.
The child suffered serious lacerations and puncture wounds that required care at a local hospital. Meanwhile, the dog is under quarantine in the custody of the Knoxville Police Department Animal Control unit.
Dog attacks leave many parents wondering what they can do to protect their children from injuries. The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates state that experts tend to agree that teaching children to never attempt to approach or pet strange dogs without owners’ permission is one of the best ways to decrease the chance of injuries.