Georgia Dog Bite and Animal Attacks Attorney
Animal bites can be very serious and, unfortunately, the victims of most of these incidents are children. A child can be playing with a dog and all of a sudden the dog turns on them. You may even be at the zoo and the child does nothing to provoke an animal and that animal attacks or the zoo didn’t have the right safety precautions in place. The same can occur to adults and the end result can be severe injuries that could lead to infection and other complications.
If you have been bitten by a dog or you are the parent of a child who has been bitten, you need to speak to a Georgia personal injury attorney as soon as possible so you can discuss your legal options. As it stands, the CDC states that there are approximately 4.5 million people bitten by dogs each year with one in five bites requiring medical intervention. Even if medical intervention is not sought immediately, complications can come about later that lead to a need for treatment.
The first step that is taken in a dog bite case is locating the owner of the dog, which means an investigation is going to have to take place. It is then determined whether or not the owner of the dog was negligent in the restraint and handling of the dog. In fact, all a person has to do is own a dangerous dog and that is grounds enough to seek compensation from the owner for medical bills and other damages.
The compensation that may be recovered includes:
- Past and future medical bills
- Cost of hospital services and ongoing medical care
- Compensation for psychological treatment stemming from the trauma of the attack
- Lost wages of the victim
In Georgia, the law says that liability does lie with the owner of the dog.. This is very beneficial to dog bite victims. It is always the dog owner’s duty to make sure you aren’t bitten or attacked by his dog. To help prevent dog bite injuries, owners have a responsibility to make sure their pets are trained and socialized—this includes keeping their dog’s vaccinations up-to-date and making sure they are properly restrained at all times
There are a number of reasons why dogs bite people—fear, dominance, territory—but determining why someone is bitten isn’t as important as determining what should have been done to prevent the attack.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s failure to maintain their animals you may be entitled to compensation. To find out more about how Veal and Lamar, LLC can help you, call 678.369.1804 to schedule a free consultation.
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