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The state of Tennessee imposes a mix of strict liability and "one bite" liability depending on the facts of the situation. In states that have both strict liability and "one bite" liability in play, it can make it extremely difficult to receive compensation in an injury case. Because the circumstances surrounding the bite affects whether you can pursue a claim against the owner of the dog, you should seek the legal advice of an experienced lawyer like Mr. Dupree.

In a strict liability case, the dog’s owner may be held liable for injury or damage to personal property in Tennessee if:

  • The dog caused the victim's injury and
  • The victim was injured while he or she was in a public place or lawfully in a private place

The “one bite” statute applies to injuries dogs cause to people who are on private or non-commercial property that the dog's owner owns, rents, leases, or occupies with the owner's permission. In these situations, the “one bite” rule applies and the injured person must show that the dog's owner knew -- or should reasonably have known -- that the dog would act aggressively. Although it can be difficult to prove, if you can show the owners should have known the dog would bite, they can be held liable.

Dog attacks can lead to horrendous injuries. If you’ve been injured by an aggressive dog, it’s important to seek legal help as soon as possible. In Tennessee, there is a one year statute of limitations from the day of the injury. The faster legal documentation can be collected and witness statements taken, the stronger your case will be.

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