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Dog Attack Injury Lawyer in Vidalia
Dog attacks generate some of the most commonly-suffered physical injuries, and these attacks can also be highly traumatic experiences causing emotional injuries beyond the physical ones. Most dog attack cases are resolved with an insurance settlement, but our firm can pursue your remedies in court if the other side will not participate in good-faith negotiation to help you get full compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
Code Ann. sec. 51-2-7 provides: A person who owns or keeps a vicious or dangerous animal of any kind and who, by careless management or by allowing the animal to go at liberty, causes injury to another person who does not provoke the injury by his own act may be liable in damages to the person so injured.
Georgia uses a reformed version of the "one-bite rule." According to this rule, if a dog owner knew or should have known that her dog had harmful characteristics, the owner is strictly accountable for any damages. In other words, regardless of carelessness, the owner will be responsible for the victims' damages if the dog had a history of viciousness (for example, had previously bit someone).
When does a dog become dangerous for liability purposes? A dog's level of danger cannot be inferred only by how much it barks or growls. O.C.G.A. 4-8-21(a)(1) specifies that a dog is harmful if it:
- “Inflicts a severe injury on a human being without provocation on public or private property…or
- Aggressively bites, attacks, or endangers the safety of humans without provocation after the dog has been classified as a potentially dangerous dog and after the owner has been notified of such classification.”
A dog bite can be a traumatic experience, both physically and emotionally. It's important to take the right steps after being bitten by a dog to protect yourself and ensure you receive the proper medical care. Here's what you should do:
- Seek medical attention immediately, even if the wound seems minor.
- Report the incident to the local animal control or police department.
- Collect information from the dog owner, including their name, address, and phone number, as well as information about the dog's vaccination history.
- Take pictures of the injury and the scene where the incident occurred.
- Contact a dog attack injury lawyer to discuss your legal options and potential compensation.
At Craig Injury Law, our Sandy Springs legal team is experienced in handling dog bite cases and can help you navigate the legal process. Don't hesitate to reach out for a free consultation.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a dog attack? You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. At Craig Injury Law, our Sandy Springs dog bite lawyers have experience representing victims of these types of incidents and can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
We understand that dog bites can cause physical and emotional trauma, and we are committed to holding negligent owners accountable for their actions. Our team will investigate the circumstances surrounding the attack, gather evidence, and work with experts to build a strong case on your behalf.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, don't wait to seek legal help. Contact us today for a free consultation and let us fight for your rights as a victim.
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