The laws regarding dog bite injuries in Tennessee are somewhat complicated. In general, if the owner has not established appropriate control over their dog, and the dog injures you, the owner could be found liable for those injuries.
Liability for dog bite injuries largely rests on proving negligence on the part of the owner. If the injuries occurred when the dog was somewhere it shouldn't have been due to owner neglect, or if the dog was known to be aggressive before the bites occurred, negligence could be proven against the owner.
If a dog is known to have aggressive tendencies toward people, the owner is expected to maintain the animal in a manner that will keep it from endangering other people. If a dog is allowed to run loose and causes injury to someone else as a result, the owner should be held liable for those injuries.
Because of the complexity of proving liability, it's best to consult a dog bite injury attorney for advice about how to handle your particular situation. James R. Omer & Associates, PLLC, have a great deal of experience with cases involving dog bites and can help you determine if you have a case. Please contact the Nashville, Tennessee dog bite injury attorneys at James R. Omer & Associates to find out what we can do to help you.