The most common victims of vicious dog attacks are young children. When a small child is attacked or mauled by a dog with violent tendencies, the dog attack can leave significant physical scars and even deeper emotional scars. The state of Georgia and local municipalities have ordinances or leash laws in place to protect citizens from particular breeds of dogs and other potentially dangerous animals.
Dog owners generally have a legal duty to restrain their dog and prevent injury to others. When pet owners elect to possess dogs or other animals, they have an obligation to keep these animals properly restrained so that they do not injure others. Dog attacks are a leading basis of homeowner insurance claims annually. If homeowners fail to confine their dogs behind fences or secure them on leashes, this violation of local leash laws may constitute legal ground for a strict liability claim.
Another legal theory for imposing liability in Johns Creek dog bite cases is based on knowledge of past vicious behavior by one’s dog, which is often referred to as the “one bite rule”. However, this rule may be the basis of liability even where a dog has never bitten anyone previously. It is sufficient that the owner should be aware of past behavior that would alert a dog owner of the canine’s aggressiveness, such as lunging, attempting to bite or growling and chasing. If a dog owner has muzzled a dog or posted a “Beware of Dog” sign, this may be important evidence. Where the dog owner is negligent, such as failing to repair a faulty gate, this may also be a basis for imposing liability.
The scope of these duties depends on a wide range of factors so it is important to speak to one of our knowledgeable dog bite attorneys at Montlick and Associates so that we can determine your options and discuss potential compensation.
Johns Creek personal injury law firm fighting for injury and wrongful death victims
Our experienced dog bite attorneys recognize the physical hardships, emotional distress and financial challenges posed by animal attacks. We have assisted many animal attack clients in obtaining compensation for lost salary or wages and medical bills as well as other non-economic damages like pain and suffering, impact on one’s quality of life, punitive damages and other forms of financial recovery.
Be aware of your legal rights! If you or a loved one has been attacked, biten, or mauled by another's dog, animal or pet, our dedicated Johns Creek animal attack lawyers are committed to helping clients financially recover so they can focus on their physical recovery. Call now for your FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced dog attack lawyers. Our attorneys are available to help you and may even visit you if needed.
You can call us anytime 24x7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for your FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.montlick.com to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.