Dog Bite Lawyers for Macon, Georgia
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When someone else’s dog attacks you, it can turn your whole world upside down.
You’re in pain and dealing with the physical and emotional challenges that follow an animal attack injury. Unfortunately, a complicated battle for the money you need to pay your bills lies ahead, and when you’re alone up against huge insurance companies, the odds are stacked against you. We can level the playing field for you.
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We’ve been a pillar of the Georgia community for 39 years. We always operate with the highest integrity and unquestionable ethics (we’ve even won awards for it!). Our clients trust us to always work in their best interest, and we take that trust seriously. We go up against big insurance companies on your behalf to get you the money you deserve after a dog bite. We’ve helped your friends and neighbors maximize their compensation after an injury; let us help you, too.
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Every case we take on, we take personally. We pursue the full value of your claim, so you can return to your life with the money you need to move forward after your dog bite injury.
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Our compassionate and dedicated attorneys have fought for countless clients suffering from dog bite injuries. Let us handle your complex case for you so you can focus on healing.
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- Fight for what’s right, not what’s easy
Dog Bite Personal Injury Lawyers for Macon, GA
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Macon, Georgia Dog Attack Injury Lawyers
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Laws vary from state to state with respect to how and when a dog owner is liable for an injury caused by their dog. In Georgia, the law that creates dog owner liability actually applies to any animal. If a person is harmed by a dog in Georgia, they must show three things in order to be eligible for compensation.
1. The dog in question must be deemed vicious or dangerous
This means, that in some cases, the owner must be aware of the dog’s tendency to be aggressive or dangerous. If there is evidence that suggests the dog has displayed vicious behavior in the past, then that could suffice. In some cases though, there might not be previously recorded instances of the dog behaving in an aggressive manner. Fortunately for dog bite victims, if there is a city ordinance stating dogs must be on leashes, and the dog was not, then this is sufficient to satisfy the statute. In Montezuma, Georgia, for example, it is unlawful to allow a dog to “run at large,” unless the dog is restrained on a leash or “otherwise in the immediate control” of the owner.
2. The owner must have acted carelessly in allowing the animal to roam “at liberty”
If the dog was not leashed in an area that required leashes, this would be enough to indicate the owner was not sufficiently cautious. If the owner kept the dog in a fenced in yard that the dog had previously escaped from, this could also potentially suffice. There must be some evidence that the owner did not properly restrain or contain the dog.
3. The person who suffered the injury must not have provoked the animal
When a person provokes a dog, the dog owner will not be typically be found liable.
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The Cost of a Dog Bite
Man’s best friend can make an excellent companion. The legendary loyalty of dogs has led to them becoming the pet of choice for most Americans. Today, between 70 and 80 million dogs are owned in the United States. Many Americans even view their dogs as a full-fledged member of their family. But, like people, each dog is different and some are more aggressive than others. In fact, there are an estimated four and a half million dog bites every year in the United States. In tens of thousands of cases, the bites are so severe that they require reconstructive surgery. When the serious injuries caused by dog bites lead to the victim requiring hospitalization, the injured person can face hospital bills amounting to an average of $18,200.