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Dog bites can be an extremely traumatic injury physically and emotionally. Surviving a dog attack can have long-term effects such as permanent scarring, disfigurement and post-traumatic stress disorder. If you or your child suffered a serious dog bite injury, speak to our Atlanta dog bite injury lawyers right away. Initial dog attack case evaluations at our law firm are free.
In most dog attack cases, the dog owner does not cooperate with the victim’s claim. The owner or his or her insurance company may try to refute liability or undervalue your losses – leaving you feeling like you are out of options and suffering from a personal injury. If you hire an Atlanta dog bite injury lawyer from The Simon Law Firm, you can bring a claim against the correct at-fault party and explore all legal possibilities. An attorney can help you gather evidence, collect copies of medical records, file an insurance claim and fight for fair recovery. One of our attorneys can help you feel heard and taken care of throughout the claims process.
In Georgia, an important statute of limitations restricts how long you have to file a dog bite claim. The statute of limitations is two years from the date of the injury or wrongful death in Georgia. This time limit applies if you are the victim or if you are filing a claim on behalf of your child. If you fail to bring your claim within two years of the dog attack, the courts will most likely deny your case. Contacting us right away after a serious dog bite injury could ensure you do not miss your deadline. We can help set up dog bite cases as soon as possible.
Georgia’s dog bite law states who may be accountable for dog attacks. The Code of Georgia Annotated section 51-2-6 states that a dog owner will be liable for bites and other dog-related damages if the owner knew or reasonably should have known of the pet’s vicious propensities. The state has a negligence-based bite law, meaning a pet owner will not be liable for damage unless he or she was negligent in preventing the incident. A victim must prove that the owner acted without reasonable care to prevent the attack to receive compensation for losses.
Georgia’s dog bite law differs from states that use strict liability laws. In these states, a pet owner will be financially responsible for harm the dog caused regardless of fault or negligence. In Georgia, however, the victim has the burden of proving negligence. A case against a property owner, pet controller, pet sitter, pet store, the city or other parties for a dog bite injury will come with this burden of proof. Our skilled Atlanta dog bite lawyer can help prove negligence to obtain a compensatory award for the damages done by the responsible party.
If your child was the victim of the dog bite injury in Atlanta, you have the right to get help from an Atlanta child injury attorney on your child’s behalf. You or your lawyer will still need to gather evidence against the dog owner to support the claim. You should also prepare for a comparative negligence defense, in which the pet owner claims your child instigated the attack. You may need to hire an attorney to help you combat this defense and prove your child’s claim to damages.
At The Simon Law Firm, our lawyers have extensive experience representing dog bite victims throughout the state. We know how to fight for maximum financial recovery for you and your family. If you suffered a dog bite injury in Atlanta, contact us to request a free consultation.