Augusta Dog Bite Injury Lawyers
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While many consider their dogs a vital part of the family, dogs, like other animals, can sometimes exhibit unpredictable behavior that can result in bites, attacks and even fatal maulings.
A dog bite is not an injury to be taken lightly. The victim of a dog attack may suffer severe physical injuries that require stitches, reconstructive surgery and possibly result in serious infection or lasting disfigurement. In the aftermath of the initial emergency room visit and any surgeries, procedures or immunizations required, medical bills start flooding in, creating financial stress.
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Montlick lawyers know how scary, complicated, and overwhelming the experience of a dog bite or attack can be. For 39 years, we’ve been fighting for people just like you: getting them the money they deserve after a dog bite derailed their lives with staggering medical expenses. Let us help you, too.
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Serious dog maulings can result in injuries that require stitches and/or reconstructive surgery, which can be painful, expensive, and emotionally devastating. Often these injuries result in permanent disfigurement, nerve damage, or lasting pain, affect your personal life and even your ability to work. We are prepared to stand behind you and fight for the financial compensation you need to rebuild your life after an Augusta dog bite incident.
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Establishing a Pattern of Bad Behavior
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Our Augusta dog bite attorneys typically explore a number of legal theories when analyzing the basis for liability of a dog owner in an Augusta dog attack. Georgia follows the common law One Bite Rule that has been repealed as unfairly harsh in many states. The rule is, to some degree, a misnomer because, despite the rules name, there is no requirement that a dog need to have bitten someone before liability may be imposed on a dog owner. This misconception is very commonly misunderstood and leads some to believe that they get “one free bite.”
While there is no requirement that an Augusta dog attack victim prove that the dog has bitten someone on a previous occasion, this approach to imposing liability on a dog owner does require evidence that the dog owner “knew or should have known” that the dog had vicious tendencies. This is sometimes referred to as the “scienter” requirement. While a prior dog bite incident is one way that a dog’s prior vicious behavior may be shown, it may also be established by other evidence. The breed and training of the dog may also be relevant as certain breeds of dogs have a greater propensity for viciousness including pit bulls and Rottweilers.
The case of Supan v. Griffin, 238 Ga. App. 404 (1999) provides a clear direction on how the One Bite Rule works in Georgia. The plaintiff was injured when a dog on the owner’s property attacked the dog bite victim. The court held that the true test of liability is the owner’s “superior knowledge of his dog’s temperament.” Supan’s dog had previously attacked another dog while threatening its owner with “bared fangs, vicious growls and attack behavior.” Although the dog did not bite, this evidence of an aggressive temperament was sufficient to impose liability on the dog owner.
Our experienced Augusta dog bite lawyers thoroughly investigate our clients’ dog bite cases to identify evidence that a dog owner should have known of a dog’s vicious tendencies. Even when the scienter requirement cannot be established because there is no evidence of past viciousness by a dog, we may still pursue an Augusta dog bite lawsuit based on an owner’s negligence or violation of a leash law ordinance. If an owner’s negligence can be shown to have caused injury in the form of a dog attack resulting in a bite or even knocking someone to the ground on a bike, this may be the basis for imposing liability on a dog owner. Similarly, if you suffer a dog attack in a city or county that has a leash law, an owner may be liable for injuries caused because the dog was allowed to run at large rather than being confined by a fence or on a leash.
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We encourage you to call for a free consultation because there is absolutely no obligation to you when we evaluate your Augusta dog bite claim. No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.
Dog attacks that result in serious injury are far more common than most people realize. Each year 5 million people suffer some form of dog bite injury ranging from minor bites that do not break the skin to fatal mauling incidents. Dog attacks send an estimated hundred thousand people per year to U.S. emergency rooms annually. Tragically, small children are the most susceptible victims both in terms of the frequency that they are attacked and the severity of the dog attack.
Dog mauling injuries for people of any age can include nerve damage, damage to vital organs, scarring or disfigurement, broken bones, internal bleeding, infection and even death.