Dog Bite Attorneys in Albany, Georgia
Legal justice for dog bite and attack victims in Albany, Georgia.
Being attacked by a dog is a terrifying experience that can leave you with physical, mental, and emotional damages. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 4.5 million dog bites occur annually. A fifth of these wounds will become infected and require intensive treatment. Dog bite victims may require stitches, immunizations, and potentially even surgery. Serious dog attacks can leave victims with permanent scarring or disfigurement. Long term emotional scarring could result in post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, phobia of dogs, and more.
The Albany dog bite attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have protected the rights of thousands of dog attack victims by getting them the compensation they deserve for the bites. We assist clients with dog bite injuries in pursuing a claim against the owner of the dangerous dog in order to obtain the badly-needed compensation they deserve.
Liability for Dog Bites in Georgia
Under Georgia law, the owners of dogs that bite someone can be held legally responsible for the injuries and damages to the victim stemming from the attack. Georgia’s dog bite law is set out in Ga. Code Ann., § 51-2-7. The statute defines two ways in which an owner can be found liable for injuries caused by a vicious dog or other animal:
- Knowledge of dangerousness: An injured plaintiff, in order to prevail under this theory of liability, will need to prove that the dog that bit him or her was dangerous, the dog’s owner had knowledge of the dog’s vicious tendencies, and, despite that knowledge, carelessly managed the dog or allowed it to be at large. One way to prove knowledge, among others, would be by showing evidence of prior bites or near-attacks.
- Leash law violation: In this alternative theory of liability, a dog attack victim can prove fault on behalf of the owner by showing that the dog was not on a leash or at heel as required by local ordinances, and that the owner carelessly managed the dog or allowed it to be at large.
Complications from a Dog Attack
If you have been bitten in a dog attack, you can experience an array of serious complications resulting in significant medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability and more. Dog bite victims will likely require immediate medical treatment for the wound, which can include sutures, antibiotics, a hospital stay, surgery, or other procedures, depending on the severity of the attack. In the long term, bite victims may find themselves requiring ongoing medical care or mental health treatment. Our Albany dog bite attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, can examine what happened and advise you on your rights to compensation as well as what steps are necessary to protect those rights.
Put Our Law Firm's Over 35 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!
If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, the Albany Dog Bite Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. For over 35 years, our firm has assisted accident victims across Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.
No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.