A dog attack can be a painful and terrifying experience. Depending on the size of the animal, its jaw may be capable of tearing through tissues, muscles and breaking bones. While recovering from your injuries may seem like an emotionally taxing, daunting experience, the financial recovery process does not have to be.
Kaine Law, a law firm that serves Atlanta and the surrounding areas, has dog bite accident lawyers on staff to help you. We also handle cases on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning that no upfront fees or retainers are required for us to start working on your case.
We Finance Your Case Until its Conclusion
You do not have to worry about hourly rates or retainers when you partner with us. We work on a contingency-fee-basis. In this arrangement, we get paid from your final settlement. Until that point, we finance your case’s obligations.
You could hire our firm, win your case, and walk away with fair compensation without having to pay us out of pocket.
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Atlanta, call 404-214-2001
We Can Recover Compensation for Your Losses
Dog bites result in more than just medical bills; they can also result in pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and permanent disfigurement. While we cannot speak to the value of your case just yet, we can provide you with information about what losses you can recover.
Kaine Law has helped clients recover compensation for the following losses:
- Past, present, and anticipated healthcare expenses
- Lost income, including tips and commissions
- Loss of future earning capacity, including lost promotions
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Scarring and disfigurement
Some dog bites can even prove fatal. You could have lost a loved one immediately after they were attacked by a dog or because of health complications they suffered afterward. If you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit, your recoverable damages could include funeral expenses, end-of-life healthcare expenses, and pain and suffering.
You Must Abide by Georgia’s Two-Year Deadline
In general, you have two years from the date of your accident or loved one’s passing to file a dog bite accident lawsuit in Atlanta, per OCGA §9-3-33. Yet, this deadline may not apply to your situation. For instance, if you were bitten as a child, you could be granted additional time from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit.
This deadline could also differ if you are suing the government. A government entity could be responsible for your losses if you were bitten by a stray dog that animal control did not capture, for instance. In this case, you have even less than two years to file your lawsuit.
You do not need to juggle these deadlines with our team on your side, though. We will determine how Georgia’s state laws apply to your situation and navigate them accordingly.
We Have Recovered Millions of Dollars for Our Clients
Kaine Law is pleased to share that in the years we have been serving injured people, we have recovered millions of dollars in losses. The following are examples of the highest settlements we have won:
- We got $11 million for a car accident claimant.
- We won $5.75 million for a motorist who was hurt by a faulty roadway.
- We secured $4.3 million for someone who was hurt in a drunk driving accident.
- We got $2.7 million for someone who was hurt in a bar fight.
- We won $700,000 for someone who was bitten by a dog.
These are just some of our previous outcomes. We have the resources, creative problem-solving skills, and determination you want to win your case.
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How Can Our Law Firm Prove Your Case?
To prove that you deserve compensation, we must establish liability. We can help you accomplish this task by proving that the dog’s owner was negligent.
To do so, you must prove the following:
- The animal was vicious.
- The dog owner was aware that the animal was a danger to the public (e.g., this instance was not the dog’s first bite of a person).
- The dog owner carelessly managed the dog.
If we cannot prove liability based on this principle, an attorney at Kaine Law can help you establish fault on the grounds that the dog owner violated the leash law. To prove that a dog owner violated the leash law, we must show that the dog owner failed to keep their dog on a leash, or the dog was not properly muzzled or restrained.
Recommendations After Getting Hurt by an Aggressive Dog
Suffering a dog attack can cause both physical and emotional trauma. Below is information on what you should do if a dog attacks you and causes injuries:
Seek Medical Help
Any time you suffer an injury, your health should always be your first concern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that dog bites can lead to a number of infections if not managed properly.
While visiting your healthcare provider, be sure to collect:
- The dates of future follow-up appointments
- The types of medications you were prescribed
- The names of your healthcare providers
- The time and date that you received care
- Your medical bills
Proving that you were harmed due to the dog bite in question is crucial to the overall success of your case.
Take Down the Names of Witnesses
Another important step to take after a dog attack is to gather contact information from witnesses and the dog’s owner. Do not worry about collecting statements; your dog bite accident lawyer in Atlanta can do that for you.
You should take photographs of the bite, the dog, and the area of the attack, if possible. You should also take pictures of your injuries as they heal. We can show these photos to the insurer and establish that you were hurt. They can even serve as valuable evidence at trial.
File an Incident Report
Lastly, you should file a dangerous animal report with the local animal control agency or law enforcement, as it will create a record of what happened.
Information about Dog Bites Throughout the Country
Children and seniors are more likely to get hurt by dogs than any other age demographic. In fact, studies have shown that children under age 12 are the victims in approximately half of all dog attacks every year.
Here are the facts about dog bite injuries:
- Dogs bite approximately 4.7 million people every year.
- Only about 17% of dog bites are reported.
- Almost 800,000 dog bites require medical attention every year.
Dog owners have a responsibility to keep their animals restrained, on leashes, and away from the public. Georgia’s dog bite laws can be complex, but our team can help you navigate them.
Connect with Our Team in Atlanta, GA
Dog bites can cause serious injuries that can affect every aspect of your life. Kaine Law is ready to help you navigate the financial recovery process. It all starts with a simple, no-obligation phone call. To discuss your case at no cost to you, dial (404) 214-2001.