Atlanta Dog Bite Attorneys
While dog’s ordinarily may be man’s best friend, a vicious dog can quickly turn into a dangerous attacker that can cause permanent disfiguring injuries and even wrongful death. The Center for Disease Controls in Atlanta, GA reports that almost 4.7 million people in the U.S. are injured in dog bite incidents annually. This means that every family in Atlanta faces approximately a one in fifty chance of having someone in their family attacked or bitten by a dog each year. Approximately 800,000 of these dog bite victims in the U.S. suffer injuries serious enough that they must obtain some form of medical treatment while almost 370,000 receive treatment in hospital emergency rooms. Children face an even more serious risk of suffering dog bites because dog bites are one of the five most common reasons that children must seek treatment in hospital emergency rooms. Children also are more likely to suffer dog bite injuries to the face, head and neck.
If you or someone in your family is the victim of a dog attack or dog bite, the experienced Atlanta dog bite attorneys at Montlick and Associates may be able to represent you in seeking financial compensation for medical bills, lost income, future diminished earning capacity, funeral/burial costs and other intangible losses. A serious dog attack resulting in bite injuries may cause severe emotional trauma requiring extensive surgery, disfiguring mutilation necessitating plastic surgery and other serious physical and psychological injuries. There are a complex matrix of legal theories that may form the basis of liability in an Atlanta dog bite case often turning on detailed factual analysis and investigation.
The law regarding dog mauling is complex if you suffer an Atlanta dog bite injury but may be based on several theories of liability. As a starting point, a dog owner may be liable if the owner knows or should know that the dog has an aggressive or vicious disposition. While this is generally referred to as the “One Bite Rule,” there is no actual requirement that the dog was involved in a previous biting incident. All that is required is that the dog previously exhibited aggressive behavior like lunging, bearing its teeth, attempting to bite, charging at those who pass or other similar conduct that should put a dog owner on notice that a dog has violent tendencies.
Because of the potential challenge associated with satisfying this knowledge requirement, which is referred to as the “scienter” requirement, Atlanta dog bite cases frequently are based on the violation of a local leash law. For example, a local leash law may require a dog owner to keep a dog fenced or on a leash and/or muzzled when in public. A violation of the leash law may constitute “negligence per se”, which essentially means that the violation may be the basis for imposing strict liability (i.e. liability without fault) on a dog owner.
Even when there is no leash law violation or past evidence of aggressive behavior by a dog, a dog owner may still be liable for negligence in allowing the dog to bite or otherwise injure someone in an Atlanta dog attack. An example of such a situation may include an owner that is lazy about closing a gate allowing a dog to escape and charge at a bicyclist who is passing by the dog owner’s home. If the dog lunges at the bike rider causing the bike to tip or forces the cyclist to veer into traffic causing a collision with a motor vehicle, the dog owner may be liable for resulting injuries for failing to take reasonable care to close the gate and keep the dog enclosed in the backyard.
Seeking Fair Compensation for Atlanta Dog Bite Victims
When you or a family member receives a dog bite because of an Atlanta dog attack or a loved one dies in a fatal dog mauling, you or your loved one may be entitled to seek financial compensation for serious injuries including:
- Disfigurement from maulings
- Broken bones or fractures
- Damage to nerves and vital organs
- Severe scaring
- Wrongful death
An experienced Atlanta dog bite attorney at Montlick and Associates may be able to seek monetary compensation for out of pocket loss, including lost income and medical expenses as well as harder to quantify damages including pain and suffering, emotional distress, diminished marital relationship and quality of life as well as other forms of damages based on your specific circumstances. If you or someone you love has been injured in an Atlanta dog attack, our experienced Atlanta dog bite lawyers at Montlick and Associates are committed to seeking the best possible outcome for our clients. We encourage you to schedule a free consultation because there is absolutely no obligation for us to evaluate your Atlanta dog attack injury claim. 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.