Dog Bite Attorney in Atlanta, GA
Were you bit or attacked by a dog?
If you have been the victim of an unprovoked animal attack, it is urgent
that you obtain the assistance of a lawyer from our office as soon as
possible. Elderly persons and children are most likely to be severely
injured by in a vicious dog attack, and wounds can be made worse if they
become infected from bacteria carried in the dog's mouth.
When a large dog attacks the face, head or neck of the victim, the delicate
facial bones can be broken and fatal injuries can result. Even with corrective
surgery by medical specialists, severe facial injuries can leave the victim
permanently disfigured. Call a qualified
Atlanta premises liability attorney from our firm today - no fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
free initial consultation with Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C. today!
Georgia's Dog Bite Law
Unlike most other states, the dog bite statute in the state of Georgia
favors dog owners over victims. This means that in order to make a successful
dog bite claim, the victim must be able to prove the existence of more
than one ground for liability. In the past, there have been several precedents
established stating that a victim cannot file a claim for irresponsible
or negligent actions that cause a dog to injure a person, but a skilled
attorney may be able to help you bypass these precedents.
In the Georgia Code Ann., Sec. 51-2-7, it states the following:
A person who owns or keeps a vicious or dangerous animal of any kind and
who, by careless management or by allowing the animal to go at liberty,
causes injury to another person who does not provoke the injury by his
own act may be liable in damages to the person so injured.
This means that in order for a dog owner to be found liable for injuries
inflicted by his or her animal, the victim must prove the following three factors:
- The animal was vicious or dangerous
- The defendant had a requisite degree of knowledge
- The defendant either allowed the dog to run free or carelessly managed
The victim may only have to prove two of these factors if he or she can
also prove that the animal was not at heel or on a leash, as required
by a local ordinance. There are many other ordinances in Georgia for which
a dog owner can be held strictly liable if an injury attack occurs. These
ordinances address issues such as general animal control, running at large
without a leash, keeping an animal under restraint while on property, and more.
Can I pursue an injury claim in Atlanta?
Every year, a number of individuals are seriously injured or killed by
a dog attack. Most homeowners carry homeowner's insurance, which often
covers this type of incident. In the case of a serious injury or death,
the insurance company often offers extremely low settlements or denies
the clam altogether.
If you were injured by a dog, you will need an experienced personal injury
attorney in Atlanta to protect your interests and help you fight for the
compensation you deserve under
personal injury law. A skilled Atlanta premises liability lawyer from our legal team at
Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C. can protect your right to the compensation
you need in order to address all damages.
Contact us as early as possible to begin the legal process.