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Pit Bull Bite Injury and Death Lawsuit Lawyers in Georgia


January 25, 2022

Are pit bulls a serious danger to people, or are pit bulls simply misunderstood? This is the central question at the heart of a debate that continues to divide communities throughout the United States. Many people support "pit bull bans" or ordinances that regulate the ownership of pit bulls since this breed of dog is responsible for a considerable number of fatal dog attacks. People who support pit bull ownership assert that pit bulls are loving and gentle and provide excellent protection for families. 

The North American pit bull is a breed of canine that is part of the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Bully, American Staffordshire Terrier, or Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed of dog. The term pit bull is usually used to describe dogs with a square-shaped head and a "bulky" body. These breeds were originally bred to fight large animals and other dogs. Since the breed was created to fight, one of the dominant characteristics of pit bulls is the tendency to bite onto the victim's neck and continue to bite the neck until the victim is either driven off or is dead.

Attack statistics gathered on pit bull attacks in America are easy to find. According to an article posted on DogsBite.org, pit bulls:

  • Killed an average of one person every 17 days from 2005 to 2015, and twenty-eight percent of the dog attack victims were toddlers two years of age or younger.
  • During the same time period, three out of four fatal dog attacks were inflicted by pit bulls and/or rottweilers.
  • In 2015, pit bulls caused more than 80% of all fatal dog attacks. 
  • Many of the pit bull victims were either the dog's owner, a family member, or were to the dog in some manner.

Although these dog mauling and bite statistics do not suggest that every pit bull dog will attack, the statistics tend to show that pit bulls can present a serious risk of fatal harm to people and children.

Pursuing Compensation After a Pit Bull Attack  

If you or a loved one have been attacked by a pit bill or any other dog, the owner of the dog might be held financially responsible in accordance with your state's personal injury laws. Should your family member be tragically killed in a dog attack, this monetary compensation might include the decedent's pain and suffering, final medical expenses, lost wages, future earnings, loss of consortium, funeral and burial expenses, and other damages. If you or your family member survives the animal attack, economic compensation could be recovered for:

  • Rehabilitative services;
  • Past, present, and future medical expenses;
  • Reconstructive surgeries;
  • Prescription medication costs;
  • Lost wages;
  • Decreased future earning potential;
  • Mental anguish;
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Scarring;
  • Disfigurement; and/or
  • Other losses.

Law that imposes liability on dog owners, include:

Dog Bite Statutes: The dog owner could be found automatically liable for property damage or injury their dog causes without being provoked by the victim.

Negligence Laws: The dog owner may be held liable for the victim's injuries if the dog owner acted carelessly in controlling their dog.

Insurance Coverages for Dog Bite Claims in Georgia

According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), homeowners' and renters' insurance policies generally insure dog bite legal liability costs up to the policy liability limits, which are usually between $100,000 to $300,000, but this depends on a homeowners specific policy and whether the home owner decided to pay for this coverage. Should the victim's claim exceed the policy limits, the owner of the dog may be responsible for the remainder of the damages. The III states that some insurance companies deny coverage to homeowners who own dogs that are categorized as dangerous, including pit bulls. Other insurance companies make determinations on a case-by-case basis, while other insurers do not ask the policyholder which breed they own when writing or renewing a homeowners insurance policy. However, when a dog has attacked someone previously, the dog now poses an increased risk of another attack. The insurance company might require a higher premium or exclude the dog from coverage in that example.

Insurance companies also take specific actions to limit their exposure to such economic losses. For example, insurance companies might require a dog owner to sign liability waivers or charge owners of pit bulls and Rottweilers more money for coverage. Some insurance companies require owners to take their dog to obedience training to modify the dog's behavior or require the use of a muzzle.

The dog attack lawyers at Montlick & Associates work hard to recover monetary compensation that our clients' cases deserve. Our attorneys understand the harm that a dog bite or attack can cause, and we are committed to holding dog owners responsible for the damage caused by dangerous dogs. 

Put Our Law Firm's Over 38 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!

If you or a loved one have been injured by a pit bull, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has been representing those who suffer serious injuries for over years.

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 chat.

Sources:

https://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-multi-year-fatality-report-2005-2017.php

https://www.iii.org/article/spotlight-on-dog-bite-liability

Category: Personal Injury

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