My question involves an injury that occurred in the state of: Tennessee.
I live in Georgia and was invited by a friend to attend a fireworks party at a her condo in Tennessee. After the fireworks and returning inside to the condo, I got on the elevator with my dog. The dog was leashed, in a training collar, and in a sit command position in the corner of the elevator.
On the first floor, the door opened and a woman entered and reached down to my dog who in turn, nipped her hand. The woman did not ask permission to approach the dog and in fact, grinned her teeth at the dog which is a no no with dogs.
Regardless, the woman asked that I supply vet data to the local animal control officer, which I did (showing that there was no evidence of rabies). I also agreed to a voluntary quarantine for 10 days which the dog passed. The animal control officer who inspected my dog told me the dog didn't do anything wrong and that most people do not know how to deal with unfamiliar animals. (She said you are supposed to let them smell you and not to do anything to invade their space until they do so.)
Still, I learned this week that the woman is pursing legal action against me by filing a claim in a TN court. I do no live in TN. I have no assets in TN. Apparently, she is seeking reimbursement of her medical insurance deductible which is $1,000. I don't feel like I should pay her because there would be no incident except for her actions.
Do I have to respond to her claim? (I haven't received it, I just heard about it.) Do I need to get an attorney? I mean ... I'll spend more traveling back and forth than the whole affair is worth.