Dog Bite Lawyers in Georgia
Georgia Dog Bite Laws, Lawsuits and Lawyers to Protect Dog Attack Victim’s Rights.
Being attacked by a dog is a frightening and potentially life-altering occurrence. Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 4.5 million dog bites occur. One in five of these bites will become infected. Dog bites will often leave their victims considerable physical and emotional injuries. Those who suffer a dog bite can require stitches or even surgery. Moreover, they may be left with permanent scarring. Emotional trauma includes post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and more.
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our compassionate Georgia dog bite attorneys often meet with dog attack victims who have incurred considerable financial losses due to their injuries or loss of a loved one. We help dog bite victims to pursue compensation against the owner of the dog so that they can move forward with their lives and towards a full medical recovery.
Georgia Dog Bite Law
Georgia’s laws concerning liability for dog bites are found in Ga. Code Ann., § 51-2-6 to 7. The statute sets out two ways in which a dog owner can be found liable for the injuries his or her dog inflicts:
- Knowledge of viciousness: The dog attack victim will need to prove the dog was dangerous and that the defendant had knowledge of these vicious tendencies in order to establish liability under this provision. Evidence of prior bites could establish such knowledge. Once knowledge of viciousness is established, the victim must further show the defendant carelessly managed the dog or allowed it to be at large.
- Violation of leash laws: The dog attack victim will need to prove 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 in order to establish liability under this provision.
Georgia’s dog bite statute is complex and not always easy for dog attack victims to meet the requirements for liability. The dog bite attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, bring their valuable experience to your dog bite case, maximizing your chances of a full recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Attacks in Georgia
What should I do if a dog has bitten me?
You should immediately seek medical attention following a dog attack. You may require stitches, antibiotics to prevent infection, or a tetanus shot. Additionally, you should also contact a dog bite attorney as soon as possible after the attack to learn about your legal right to pursue compensation from the dog’s negligent owner.
What damages can I recover if a vicious dog bites me?
If you can establish liability on the part of the dog owner, you should be able to recover damages for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and more. Your exact recovery will depend on the facts of the case, the extent of your injuries, and your losses associated with the dog bite.
What complication should I be aware of after being bitten by a dog?
Dog bites are common sources of infection. A physician should routinely observe you and look for any signs of infection, which can include red streaking, discharge, and failure to timely heal. You should also check on the dog’s vaccine status and be aware of any emotional disturbances you may feel as a result of the attack.
Put Our Law Firm's Over 38 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!
If you have been injured in a dog attack, the Georgia Dog Bite Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. For over 38 years, our firm has assisted dog bite 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.