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Atlanta, Georgia Dog Bite Lawyer - Overview of Georgia Dog Bite Lawsuits

Recovering Compensation After a Vicious Dog Attack

According to the US Centers for Disease Control, more than 4.7 million people throughout the USA are violently attacked by dogs each year.  Despite the fact that most dogs in Georgia are domestic pets, it is not just those breeds which are commonly regarded as vicious which have the potential to attack humans.  Under certain situations, even Labrador Retrievers and Chihuahuas are just as prone to bite or maul as Pit Bull Terriers or Rottweilers.  In fact, the CDC estimates that in 77 percent of cases the attacking animal belongs to a relative, friend or neighbor of the victim.

If you or a member of your family has been attacked by a dog – regardless of the circumstances – it is wise to consult with an Atlanta dog bite lawyer who is experienced in handling dog bite cases.  A lawyer will be able to explain your legal rights and options, help you understand the claims process and handle the entire legal process on your behalf.

Proving That the Dog Owner Was At-Fault

In order to make a successful claim against the dog owner’s home insurance it is necessary to establish that the owner was somehow at fault for their dog attacking you.  Under Georgia’s dog bite statute there are two ways this can be proven.

The first way is to prove what is known as strict liability.  This requires you to prove that the dog was already known to be dangerous or have pre-existing vicious tendencies prior to it attacking you. Evidence of the dog previously attacking someone else would suffice, which is why this requirement is commonly referred to as the “one bite” rule.  In addition to proving the dog as dangerous, you must also establish that the owner knew of this and yet failed to protect the public from harm.

The second way to prove owner negligence is by establishing that they were somehow negligent through their action or inaction regarding handling of the animal, and that it was this negligence which contributed to the dog attacking you.  A common example of this is the dog owner who allows their dog run freely throughout a residential neighborhood in violation of a local county or city ordinance.

How Much is My Case Worth?

The potential injuries caused by a dog attack can be catastrophic in nature and may include fractured or broken bones, lacerations and scarring, soft tissue damage, and possibly even traumatic brain injury (TBI) or death.  Being attacked by a vicious dog can also have significant psychological effects on victims.  Many times, victims are also left with significant physical disfigurements which are often within their facial area.

The amount of money you might be eligible to recover will depend on the specifics of your unique case. Whatever your situation, the Atlanta dog bite lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., will aggressively pursue your case in order to make sure you receive the appropriate and fair compensation you are entitled under Georgia law.  Contact us today to discuss your case by calling us at (404) 991-5950 or filling out our online case evaluation form.

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