Dog Bites Three-Year-Old in Face in LaFayette, Georgia


July 25, 2016

A frightening dog attack in LaFayette, Georgia recently left a Georgia toddler with serious injuries. Police and emergency responders arrived on the scene to find a three-year-old with his face covered in blood. The babysitter said she woke up to the child screaming and realized her dog had bitten him. She was not sure how it occurred, but the child had a large laceration on his mouth and forehead. The dog involved was a mix between a Great Dane and Labrador. Thankfully, the child is expected to recover, and the dog was taken into the custody of the local animal shelter.

This recent attack should remind us all of how quick a dog bite can happen, especially when young children are involved. Our personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have assisted hundreds of dog bite victims. Many of our injured clients are children. We understand the seriousness of any dog attack as well as the long term injuries these bites can produce, not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Our firm strives to ensure our dog bite clients obtain the compensation they are legally entitled to from the negligent dog owner or another responsible party.

Protecting Your Children From Dog Attacks

There are steps that parents can take to keep their children safe around the dogs they will encounter. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) offers the following safety tips for children:

  • Children should be advised not to approach any dog that is sleeping, eating, or chewing on a toy or bone. Dogs can be possessive of food or toys, and can startle if suddenly woken.
  • Parents should not allow children to approach a scared, growling, or barking dog. Explain to children that these are signs a dog gives when he or she wants to be left alone.
  • Children should not approach dogs they do not know, regardless of whether the dog is off-leash or on-leash.
  • If a child wants to pet a dog with the owner present, the child should be taught to ask first, then carefully approach the dog with his or her palm out to allow the dog to sniff.
  • Teach your child to be calm around dogs. Children should not be allowed to chase, ride on, or roughly pet a dog.

Steps to Take After a Dog Bite in Georgia

If you or your loved one is bitten by a dog, seek prompt medical attention. Dog bites need to be treated immediately to minimize the risks of infection, scarring, or other complications. As soon as you are able, you should next contact the personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Negligent dog owners can be held liable for the injuries their dogs inflict, depending on the circumstances of the attack. Our firm will review the facts of your case during your free case analysis and provide you with an assessment of your legal rights as well as what steps are necessary to protect those rights.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 30 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, you may be able to seek compensation from the dog owner or another responsible party. The Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have assisted thousands of injured clients across Georgia and in the Southeast. We offer you a free case review to explain your legal rights and the actions necessary to obtain compensation.

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.

Category: Personal Injury

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