Dog Bite Settlement Lawyers Serving North Georgia
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Dog bites and dog attack cases are traumatic and dehumanizing for the victim and their entire family. Often, terrible injuries to small children are the end result of these sad attacks. Hundreds of thousands of patients receive treatment for dog bite-related injuries each year.
Worse, bite-related hospital stays cost 50% more on average than the typical hospital stay, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. If you, your spouse, or your child are attacked, you need the help of a Gumprecht Law Firm dog bite attorney.
Awarded damages from a personal injury suit can help you cover the cost of medical bills, protect others from similar injuries inflicted by the same dog, and begin to find closure. Talk to our firm if you’re considering a dog bite lawsuit.
Dog Bite Liability Under Georgia Law
Dog owners are not automatically responsible for injuries caused by their dog. Georgia law basically provides two potential paths to recovery for victims of dog attacks, depending on where the attack occurred.
- If an attack occurs on the homeowner’s property or on a permitted property, the owner is only responsible if they know the dog has a history of violence. In Georgia this is known as the “one bite rule,” where a dog can get away with their first attack. This is simply because the owner cannot know that their dog is violent if their dog has never attacked anybody before.
- However, if a dog has been allowed-either intentionally or negligently-to run away from the owner’s property or control, the owner can be held responsible even after the first attack simply because the attack occurred while the owner was violating a local “leash law” requiring that the dog be kept tied up or on a leash.
After a Dog Attack
Extensive photographs of any injuries should be taken right away. Your body’s important healing processes should not be capitalized by the dog owner’s insurance company as a way to diminish the severity of the injury. If it is safe to do so, take photos&n bsp;of the scene of the attack (or shortly after the attack).
Record any correspondence between you and the dog’s owner, insurance representatives, or medical professionals. These records and photos help establish both the short and long-term pain and suffering that the victim endured.
If a dog attack has affected your family in the greater Atlanta area, we can help. These cases require special attention and diligent re presentation, which the Gumprecht Law Firm is qualified and eager to provide.
Please call us 24/7 today at 678-800-1050 so that we might begin assisting you. You may also e- mail attorney Michael Gumprecht at email@example.com or complete the Free Case Evaluation form at the bottom of this page, which will go straight to his inbox.