Most dogs are friendly and well-behaved. However, some dogs become vicious when they feel threatened. According to the CDC, approximately 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S. 800,000 of those bites require medical care. If you a dog attacked you, you need to hire an Atlanta dog bite lawyer.
The Atlanta premises liability lawyers at Graham Scofield Injury Lawyers have successfully represented many dog victims. We’ll deliver the best customer service and the greatest result. Our prior victories and our 5-star client reviews validate that promise.
Call us today at (404) 939-9470. Also, you may fill-out our online contact form to schedule a free case review with an Atlanta dog bite lawyer. If you’ve got questions, we’ve got the answers.
Georgia Dog Bite Laws
Georgia law requires dog owners and dog caretakers to take reasonable steps to prevent their dogs from causing harm. In fact, most Georgia counties have implemented leash ordinances. Leash ordinances require dog owners and dog caretakers to leash their dogs whenever they’re off of the owners’ property. Dog owners must also secure their homes so that their dogs don’t escape and cause harm.
Many dog bite attacks occur because the owner failed to keep their dog within a fenced yard. Other attacks occur because the owner or caretaker let the dog roam freely around the neighborhood without a leash. If a loose dog attacked you, you should call an Atlanta dog bite lawyer.
Some counties haven’t implemented leash ordinances. In those counties, you can only recover damages if you prove:
- The dog is dangerous or vicious. You can prove that element by demonstrating that the dog previously bit another victim.
- The owner was careless. Owners must keep dangerous dogs away from situations in which they could harm someone.
- You didn’t provoke the dog.
If you’ve got questions about who’s responsible for a dog bite attack, contact our Atlanta dog bite lawyers.
Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites are rarely simple puncture wounds. Many vicious dogs like pit bulls and rottweilers will rip large portions of flesh and tissue from peoples’ bodies. May dog bites also cause serious infections.
You must seek immediate medical attention after a dog bite injury. Even a mild wound can become infected. Dog bite attacks commonly cause the following injuries:
- Torn skin and muscle tissue
- Wound infections
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Disease transmission
- Organ damage
- Emotional distress
If you’re unsure about the steps you should take after a dog bite injury, contact an Atlanta dog bite injury lawyer.
How To Prove An Atlanta Dog Bite Claim
Dog bite injury cases are challenging. The dog owner or caretaker often claims that the victim provoked the dog. The owners and caretakers also blame the victim if the victim’s wounds become infected.
Our Atlanta dog bite lawyers have successfully litigated many dog bite cases. We know how to overcome each one of the owners’ and caretakers’ defenses. For instance, we:
- Prove medical causation – We hire experts to prove that the dog bite attack caused your wounds and injections.
- Demonstrate you weren’t at fault – We’ll collect witness statements, video surveillance, and other relevant evidence that demonstrates that you didn’t provoke the dog.
- Prove your damages – We’ll present proof regarding your lost wages, medical bills, therapy needs, and post-traumatic stress disorder treatment. That way, you can maximize your case’s settlement value.
How to Recover Dog Bite Injury Damages
It’s difficult to recover dog bite injury compensation. Why? Because many people don’t carry dog bite attack insurance. As a result, most dog bite injury victims must sue the dog owner/caretaker and take them to trial. Once the jury awards you damages, you can collect them from the dog owner/caretaker’s assets.
If you’ve been injured by a dog bite attack, you should immediately contact our Atlanta premises liability lawyers. We’ll investigate all sources of insurance and assets that may compensate you. Many homeowners and renters refuse to produce that information. If so, we’ll sue them and get the answers we need to make you whole.
Our Atlanta Dog Bite Lawyers Can Help You
Dog bites cause great harm. Your injuries may also take a long time to heal. However, dog owners and dog caretakers often refuse to pay for the harm their dogs caused. We won’t let them add insult to your injuries.
Call us today at (404) 939-9470. Also, you may fill-out our online contact form to schedule a free case review with an Atlanta dog bite lawyer.