Nashville Dog Bite Injury Lawyer
Give or take a million or so, there are 31,000,000 children between the ages of 1-10 in the United States. Compare that with 84,000,000 pet dogs, (these numbers do not reflect the number of wild and feral dogs) and it’s quite obvious that the chances of your child going through the first ten years of his/her life without coming into contact with a dog, is slim to none.
Every year 4.5 million people suffer dog bites. According to the Center For Disease Control, almost one in five of those who are bitten, about 885,000, require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries; half of these are children. In 2012, more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs. Approximately 92% of fatal dog attacks involved male dogs, 94% of which were not neutered.
I could spend pages explaining to you what the law is in Tennessee and spend more pages explaining the Tennessee dog bite statute, the Dianna Acklen Act of 2007, T.C.A. sec. 44-8-413, but I won’t. If you or a loved one is seriously injured in a dog attack, the last thing you want to know about are technical issues related to the law of dog bites.
What you do want to know is what to do following a Nashville dog bite incident.
What you do immediately following a dog bite event can affect the value of your case. The most important thing to do is to call the police and get prompt medical attention. After you comfort and protect the dog bite victim and before you have a conversation with the owner, if he/she are present, engage the voice recorder on your cellphone and put it in your pocket. Make sure the owner secures the offending dogs so that a second attack doesn’t occur. Let the owner speak and remain calm, even if he or she becomes hostile. Take photos of the victim, the surrounding area and the dog is possible.
Seek out a Nashville board-certified personal injury lawyer to review your case and advise you on your rights and remedies. This interview should be available at no cost to you. You should never try to negotiate an injury claim by yourself.
When the representative for the insurance company contacts you, avoid giving a statement and never sign any releases or other paperwork. Refer them, instead, to your lawyer. The adjustor will tell you that you don’t need a lawyer, that the lawyer will take all of your money and that can handle this matter on your own. Don’t believe them, they get paid based on how much they beat you out of. The insurance company is interested only in paying as little as possible, not in providing you with fair compensation.
Nashville board-certified personal injury lawyer
As soon as you can, contact an experienced board certified personal injury lawyer. Choose an attorney who limits his/her practice to personal injury and wrongful death cases. Board-certified personal injury attorney Phillip Miller is one of the most experienced lawyers in Nashville. He has a thirty-year track record of recovering money for injured victims and has earned the highest possible rating with Martindale-Hubbell, AVVO, and Super Lawyers. He’ll handle the insurance company, launch an immediate investigation of the accident, and if necessary, call on dog bite experts to prove that the dog owner was at fault. He’ll gather proof of your damages—economic damages such as medical expenses and lost earnings, and non-economic damages, like pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
If you’ve lost a family member or suffered a serious injury in a Tennessee dog bite case, call Miller & Associates for a FREE CONSULTATION. Time limits apply, so protect your rights by calling today. We take cases on a contingency fee arrangement, so you pay nothing unless we win money for you.
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