Every year, people die or become seriously injured due to severe dog bites and attacks. According to DogsBite.org, victims of serious dog attacks can sustain severe injuries that can require $250,000 to $1,000,000 in "specialized" medical treatment. Many dog attack victims who survive a vicious dog attack may also require reconstructive surgery, such as tissue expansion, fracture repair, skin grafts, and scar diminishment. These medical treatments may also require several medical procedures over a period of several years.
It can be difficult to ascertain why the fatal dog attack occurred. Dogs sometimes attack people and even family members when the dog feels threatened, stressed, or agitated. The following are some facts about dog attacks:
Another important thing to realize is that fatal dog attacks can involve dogs with no history of aggression toward people. Moreover, many dogs that suddenly attack people have had a history of being friendly pets. These points should not discourage anyone from becoming a dog owner. However, dog owners should be watchful of their dogs and take the necessary actions that will protect other people from a fatal dog attack.
The surviving family of a fatal dog bite victim and those injured trying to help the victim may face substantial challenges.
The dog's owner could be held liable for the harm sustained by the decedent's estate, surviving family members, and/or innocent bystanders. Dog bite statutes governing liability vary from state to state. In some states, a dog owner can be held "strictly liable." Also, Georgia does not grant dogs "one free bite." Georgia's dog bite statute is a combination of both strict liability and common law. In the state of Georgia, unless the attacking dog violated a leash law or ordinance at the moment of the attack, the victim or victim's family must prove:
Georgia imposes strict liability when leash laws are not obeyed. These ordinances and laws vary from county to county. If a dog harmed you or a loved one, it is necessary to review your county's leash laws.
At Montlick Injury Attorneys, our legal professionals understand the challenges and difficulties facing dog attack victims. Montlick Injury Attorneys invites those who have been injured in a dog biting incident to meet with us and learn how our knowledgeable and compassionate approach may help you or your loved one.
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