By: Darrell Castle

True or False: When a dog attacks someone, that dog’s owner is liable for the injuries caused.

Well, it’s really both true and false. As with many legal questions I answer, “it depends.”


One question every dog bite case begins with is whether or not the dog owner had any reason to predict his or her dog would’ve attacked the victim.

Does the dog have a history of aggression?

Has the dog attacked someone before?

Tennessee has relatively complex dog bite laws. Some situations may warrant strict liability while other situations warrant “one bite” liability – basically giving grace to a dog owner if his or her dog has shown no history of aggression or aggressive tendencies.

Which liability statue is imposed really depends on whether the dog attack happened at a public or private place, among other things.

What all of the above adds up to is – dog attacks can be complicated and you shouldn’t try to figure all of this out on your own. That’s why attorneys have offices around town, including me.

If you’re attacked and injured by someone else’s dog – after you seek medical treatment – do the right thing and contact a personal injury attorney.

An experienced personal injury attorney will listen to your story and investigate the case detail by detail, figuring out whether or not the dog owner is liable, if you’re entitled to compensation for your medical bills – plus pain, suffering, etc – and if so then how much?

You need an attorney seasoned in dog attack cases, like our team of attorneys at Darrell Castle & Associates who’ve handled these cases here in Memphis for decades.

We’ve seen a lot of dog attack victims and we’ve gotten pretty good at helping them, receiving multiple Client Distinction Awards from Martindale-Hubbel for client satisfaction along the way.

You’re in good hands here.

If the negligence of a dog owner is the reason you have those high medical bills and missed some wages from time off work, then we’ll fight to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

Call (901) 327-1212 today for a FREE case evaluation. Or fill out the contact form on the right side of this page to have someone contact YOU!