Dog Bite Lawyers in Macon, Georgia
Dog Bite Attorneys in Macon, Georgia
Dog Bite Claims in Macon
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 not every dog is a gentle companion animal. 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.
When a person is bitten by a dog, the dog’s owner can be found liable to the injured person for the harm caused by the animal. At Montlick & Associates, we have over 36 years of experience representing individuals injured in personal injury claims, including people who have suffered severe harm as the result of dog bites. If you have been bitten by a dog in or near Macon, contact one of our experienced attorneys to discuss your claim.
I was bitten by a dog, how do I know if the owner is liable?
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.
The dog (or other animal) in question must be 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 would 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.
The owner must have acted carelessly in allowing the animal to roam “at liberty”
- If the dog was not leashed, 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 would also potentially suffice. There must be some evidence that the owner did not properly restrain or contain the dog.
The person who suffered the injury must not have acted to provoke the animal
- If you were bitten by your neighbor’s dog after poking the animal in the eye with a stick, your claim for injuries probably would not be successful. When a person provokes a dog, the dog owner will not be typically be found liable.
If you were injured as the result of a dog bite in or around Macon, contact the experienced dog bite attorneys at Montlick & Associates to have your claim evaluated.
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