When you’ve been bit by a dog and sustained serious injuries, you may be able to take legal action against the dog’s owner. Speak to a qualified dog bite lawyer in Atlanta to discuss the details of your case.
If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The injuries that occur in dog attacks are often far more severe than many people think. Broken bones, sepsis, traumatic brain damage, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), back injuries, scarring, disfigurement, and other serious injuries can be debilitating and have a lifelong impact on your life.
If this sounds like what you’re going through, a dedicated Atlanta dog bite lawyer at Fischer Redavid PLLC may be able to help you obtain maximum compensation for your suffering. If we are able to take on your case, you can rest easier knowing a team of highly trained legal professionals are giving your case the time and attention it deserves so you can get the most out of your personal injury claim.
States determine dog bite liability in two ways. A state practicing the one-bite rule requires that the dog has previously shown a predisposition for violence (i.e. they’ve bitten before) in order for the dog owner to be held accountable.
Fortunately for Atlanta residents, Georgia is a strict liability state, which means the dog’s prior history of violence or aggression is irrelevant. Even if this is the first time a dog has been aggressive, the dog owner should be held accountable for their dog’s actions when it was not in their control.
Georgia may be a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites, but there are a few instances in which a dog owner may escape accountability for a dog bite.
The first is if the person is attacked while trespassing on the property of the dog owner or was committing a crime at the time of the bite. A dog owner cannot be expected to cover the costs of someone who is injured when they should not have been on their property in the first place. This does not apply to law enforcement, mail carriers, or other government employees.
Dog owners will also not be found liable for the injuries their dog causes if the injury victim was provoking the dog. Some examples of provocation might include:
Not all provocation is intentional. Maybe someone was attempting to greet the unknown dog and the dog reacted negatively, or, perhaps a child stepped on the tail of the dog accidentally and the dog reacted.
In cases like these, the victim was clearly not meaning to entice the dog into acting aggressively, the dog owner may still be found liable for their pet, especially if the incident occurred on their property, but the victim may also be partially to blame for their injuries.
Although your attorney is responsible for ensuring that your lawsuit is filed within the GA statute of limitations for personal injury claims, if you have yet to hire a lawyer, knowing how long you have to file is criticall. The state of Georgia allows dog bite victims two years in which to file their personal injury lawsuits.
This may seem like more than enough time, but building a powerful case can take longer than you think. The sooner your lawyer can start on your case, the sooner you could be awarded the compensation you need to move forward with your life.
If the statute of limitations for your claim expires, and your lawsuit has not been filed, you will lose the opportunity to hold the dog’s owner accountable in civil court.
If you are interested in learning more about how a respected Atlanta dog bite lawyer at Fischer Redavid PLLC could help you secure the compensation you need to get through this difficult time in your life, schedule a free consultation.
Dog bite survivors across Atlanta and its surrounding cities can further discuss their legal options without commitment. Give us a call at 404-287-2856 or complete the quick contact form at the bottom of this page when you’re ready to discuss your case.
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