What kind of compensation can I get for a dog bite injury?

On Behalf of | Jun 5, 2020 | Personal Injury

Maybe a dog attacked you out of nowhere in the park during your daily stroll or a friend’s dog got out of control and hurt you. Whatever the case may be, you are still dealing with the pain and inconveniences of a dog bite injury.

Tennessee statute requires dog owners to keep their pets under control and not let them run far from them. If an injury happens because a dog owner isn’t looking out for their dog, then victims can seek damages from the owner. The compensation you may receive can help pay for the financial and emotional burden of the injury.

Specifically, the damages in a dog bite injury lawsuit can help pay for:

  • Medical costs: This can include the first ambulance, the surgery for your cut, the medicine you take to heal and the follow-up appointments.
  • Lost wages: While you take the time to rest and recover, you might miss out on several days of work. In a personal injury lawsuit, you will be able to receive compensation for any lost wages.
  • Property damage: Maybe the dog that hurt you also kicked your phone out of your hand and broke it or the dog rammed into your fence before ultimately biting you. In either case, you can receive the money necessary to replace your phone or fix your fence.
  • Pain and suffering: In many personal injury incidents, you essentially experience two types of pain — pain that is physical and pain that is emotional. For instance, the wound from the bite could be extremely painful for several weeks. And as the weeks go by, you are also mentally frustrated about having to wear a bandage everywhere and not being able to properly use the arm where the bite is located. Even though there is no clear dollar sign attached to the pain you are going through, you can still receive damages for it.

A dedicated personal injury attorney can help dog bite victims calculate and seek economic and non-economic damages.


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