When a dog is in the right home and trained well, they can truly be a great companion, but if you have found your way to this page, odds are you have not interacted with a good dog. When dogs are abused, untrained, or aggressive, they can become vicious and dangerous, leading to some terrible situations. Dog bites are, unfortunately, highly common in Georgia and they can cause some serious permanent damage. If you or your child has been seriously hurt by someone’s dog, then you may be eligible for compensation through the dog owner’s insurance company. You deserve to get the most out of your case, and we will do everything possible to get that for you. After you read up about your case, please call our office to set up a free initial case evaluation.
Georgia Dog Bite Statutes of Limitation
Your “statute of limitations” is the amount of time in which you get to bring your lawsuit or have it settled in civil court. Each state in the country has slightly different laws regarding their statute of limitations. Georgia allows for victims of dog bites to have two years from the date of their incident to bring their case to your civil court. If you attempt to file your claim after your statute of limitations has passed, you will be denied compensation. You need to make sure that you are hiring an attorney right away to help make sure you are ready to bring your claim on time. The sooner you get to an attorney, the more time they will have to build you a strong case. We highly encourage you to call an Atlanta dog bite lawyer as soon as possible.
How a Dog Bite Injury Case Works
In order to successfully bring a case against a dog owner, you have to prove that they knew that their dog had a propensity to attack. Georgia is a negligence state, meaning that your case rides on the fact that you have to prove that there was negligence involved that lead to your dog bite. That dog owner would have had to have knowledge that their dog might hurt someone and they would have had to been careless about protecting people from their dog. For example, if someone has a dangerous dog and has neglected to put a proper gate lock on their gate to keep their dog in their yard and that animal comes and attacks you, they would be held responsible for your injuries.
First Steps for a Successful Dog Bite Case
To have a successful and lucrative dog bite case, you need to do a few things. You want to be sure that you have as much evidence from the scene of the accident as possible. Because Georgia is a negligence state, having evidence to prove that the dog owner was negligent will be the most valuable thing you can have. When you have photos and videos of the scene, the dog, the owner, and your injuries, it will be able to tell a story that may be able to help you more than you can imagine. Getting the authorities on the scene and animal control will be helpful for you as well because they can officially document the incident, get records on the dog, and make sure that it is up to date on its shots and vaccinations. Last, you want to protect yourself form the insurance company who represents the liable party (being the dog owner). They have a mission to keep you from getting full compensation so it is very important to let your Atlanta dog bite lawyer take over all communications with the insurance company.
Most Common Types of Dog Bite Injuries
As mentioned, dog attacks have the potential to cause permanent damage. When a dog attacks, they can cause a number of injuries. You should always check to see if the dog is up on their rabies vaccinations and has had all necessary shots so that you know if you are at risk for infection. The most common types of dog bite injuries include damage to muscles, tendons, and nerves which might affect you for the rest of your life. You may have scarring and disfigurement permanently as well. Other common injuries include broken or fractured bones from falling if the dog takes you down, infection from the dog, and lacerations.
Contact Our Office Today for a Free Consultation
If you or your child has been bitten by a vicious dog and has been badly injured, please do not hesitate to call our office to set up a free consultation. We will do everything in our power to make your case as strong as possible. Your injuries and damages deserve full and fair compensation and we have the knowledge to get that for you. Atlanta dog bite lawyer Christopher Gunnels can guide you through this legal situation to get you the best possible result.