steps to take when a dog bites

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.