Dog Bite Attorneys
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Dog Bite Attorneys
Over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States each year, and over 800,000 victims of dog bites require medical care. Moreover, children are more likely to be victims of a dog bite, and they carry higher risk of requiring medical attention.
Injuries from dog bites can be very serious and require months of recovery. While you cannot technically hold the dog responsible, an experienced law firm like McDonald & Cody can help you recover financially from the owner of the animal.
Obtaining a settlement can help offset past and future medical expenses, as well as compensate you for other damages such as loss of income and pain and suffering. Our dog bite trial attorneys will put forth the time and effort needed to present a thorough claim and use our legal skills and resources to get you the compensation you deserve.
Georgia Dog Bite Laws
Georgia dog bite laws are rather complex and tend to favor the dog owner, rather the victim. Georgia animal owners can be held liable for animal attack victims’ damages only if the following three elements are true.
- The dog was considered vicious, dangerous, or aggressive, and that the owner knew this.
- The dog’s owner did not act properly by having the dog leashed, fenced, or isolated, or the owner let the dog off leash in violation of state or local laws.
- The animal was not provoked by the victim in any way.
In addition to state laws, each county or city may have its own distinct rules that apply in dog bite situation, such as a leash law. If there is a leash law requiring the animal to be on a leash, at heel or confined, then attack victims can prove the animal had a “vicious propensity” by simply showing that the animal was required to be at heel or on a leash by an ordinance of the city, county or consolidated government, and it wasn’t. Your lawyer can explain exactly what laws apply to your case and whether or not you qualify to file a claim.
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McDonald & Cody have a solid knowledge of Georgia Dog Bite laws, which is essential when seeking fair compensation. So contact us today!
Why McDonald & Cody?
The philosophy at McDonald & Cody, LLC is to provide maximum results, one client at a time. We are dedicated to our cases and strive for quick, full and maximum compensation.
If you have been bitten by a dog, make sure the attack is well documented. This is generally accomplished by doing the following:
- Taking pictures of your injury and the dog, if possible
- Calling the police and filing a police report
- Obtaining the owner’s name and contact information, which can usually be obtained from the police report or the owner directly
- Get evaluated and tested for diseases by a doctor
- Consult with a dog bite attorney
Compensation for Dog Bite Attacks
If you or your child were attacked by a dog, after you’ve tended to your immediate medical needs and called Animal Control, you will want to contact an experienced attorney to discuss your options for restitution. Most animal attack cases fall under an area of law referred to as premises liability, so make sure the lawyer you speak to handles cases of this nature.
The first route for seeking compensation for damages is to file a premises liability claim against the dog/property owner (defendant). Dog attacks usually fall under the defendant’s homeowner’s insurance or the company’s general liability insurance if the defendant is a business. If the insurance doesn’t cover your damages, you will have the option of suing the defendant in court.
A dog bite case is a personal injury claim that seeks to recover money for your reasonable and necessary damages such as:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Property damages
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental distress
Often young children are most damaged by the physical scarring and the psychological aftermaths of being attacked by an uncontrollable animal. A McDonald & Cody dog bite trial attorney can help you calculate your economic and non-economic damages and use this information in settlement negotiations.