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Dog Bite

When you are bitten by a dog, we understand that you are hurting not only physically, but emotionally, too. Time and a plastic surgeon can help the physical scars, but how do you recover from the emotional scars? Let us help you. We will fight for justice in your case.

Each year, 4.7 million people are bitten by feral or domesticated dogs in the U.S. alone. Injuries from dogs and other animals can be severe. They may include:

  • Lacerations
  • Disfigurement
  • Disability
  • Death

Compared to other states, the Georgia dog bite statute is one of the most liberal and that means it is one of the most favorable to dog bite victims. The statute reads:

Georgia O.C.G.A. Section 51-2-6 – Dogs, liability of owner or keeper

This Georgia statute represents the state’s relevant dog bite strict liability law. While the law imposes strict liability for injury to a person, the dog (or other animal) must first be considered “vicious” or “dangerous,” which can be as simple as showing the animal was required to be leashed per city ordinance. This means that, in many instances, if you were bitten by a dog, and you were not trespassing or provoking the dog, the owner’s home or rental insurance is liable for your medical bills, wage loss, and meritorious pain and suffering claim. “Dog bite” covers the actual dog bite as well as covering some dog tripping and chasing if they cause injury.

In Georgia, the law says that liability does lie with the owner of the dog.. This is very beneficial to dog bite victims. It is always the dog owner’s duty to make sure you aren’t bitten or attacked by his dog. To help prevent dog bite injuries, owners have a responsibility to make sure their pets are trained and socialized—this includes keeping their dog’s vaccinations up-to-date and making sure they are properly restrained at all times

There are a number of reasons why dogs bite people—fear, dominance, territory—but determining why someone is bitten isn’t as important as determining what should have been done to prevent the attack.  Animal bites can be very serious and, unfortunately, the victims of most of these incidents are children. A child can be playing with a dog and all of a sudden the dog turns on them. You may even be at the zoo and the child does nothing to provoke an animal and that animal attacks or the zoo didn’t have the right safety precautions in place. The same can occur to adults and the end result can be severe injuries that could lead to infection and other complications.

If you have been bitten by a dog or you are the parent of a child who has been bitten, you need to speak to a Georgia personal injury attorney as soon as possible so you can discuss your legal options. As it stands, the CDC states that there are approximately 4.5 million people bitten by dogs each year with one in five bites requiring medical intervention. Even if medical intervention is not sought immediately, complications can come about later that lead to a need for treatment.

The first step that is taken in a dog bite case is locating the owner of the dog, which means an investigation is going to have to take place. It is then determined whether or not the owner of the dog was negligent in the restraint and handling of the dog. In fact, all a person has to do is own a dangerous dog and that is grounds enough to seek compensation from the owner for medical bills and other damages.