If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog in Georgia, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses. Our injury lawyers can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. The Kaine Law team can manage every aspect of your case.
What Can Kaine Law Do for Me?
You should focus on recovering from your attack, not on how you might hold the dog’s owner liable. Let us handle that. We can manage all the following on your behalf:
Identifying All Liable Parties
Depending on the circumstances of your case, more than one party might be liable. We will determine if one or more of the following parties are liable:
- The dog’s owner
- The dog’s handler
- A property owner
We must gather evidence to hold the dog’s owner or handler liable. This evidence could include:
- Complaints to the city’s Animal Control department, which can help establish whether the dog has a history of viciousness
- The report filed by police if they came to the scene
- Photos of your injuries
- Surveillance video from a local business
- Statements from eyewitnesses
- Medical records and bills
Handling Communication with All Involved Parties
To recover compensation, you will likely need to deal with the dog owner’s insurance company. However, remember that the insurance company can use anything you say against you.
Our team can communicate with the insurance company on your behalf. Taking over communication can help ensure you are not tricked into saying something that jeopardizes your case.
Determining a Fair Settlement Value
Our team will determine a fair value for your settlement by investigating your case and all relevant documents. Once we have established this value, we will fight for it. If the insurer refuses to give you the compensation you deserve, we can take your case to court.
What Can I Recover after a Dog Bite?
A dog bite can cause both physical and emotional injuries. You deserve compensation for those losses. You may be able to recover compensation for any of the following:
- Medical bills, including emergency care, transport to the hospital, prescription medication, reconstructive surgery
- Counseling costs
- Lost wages, for any time your injuries kept you from working
- Lost earning capacity, if your injuries required you to take a lesser paying job or retire
- Lost quality of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Mental anguish, if your dog attack caused you to develop anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or a fear of dogs
We can also help if you lost a loved one due to a dog attack. Let us seek justice on their behalf.
How Can I Hold the Dog Owner Liable?
Dog bite injuries can include abrasions, crushing injuries, and exposure to rabies. Treatment can be expensive. The responsibility for a dog bite injury typically lies on the dog owner.
In Georgia, dog owners are required to keep their dogs under their control. This means that dogs must be kept secured on the owner’s property or taken on walks with a leash. Dogs must not be left unattended with minors.
To pursue a dog bite injury lawsuit, you will need to prove liability. We must establish the following:
- The dog was vicious or a danger to the public. If the dog bit someone before, that could be enough to prove the dog was dangerous.
- The dog owner knew the dog was dangerous. If the dog regularly wore a muzzle, that could mean the owner knew about the danger.
- The dog owner failed to control the dog. If the owner allowed the dog to roam free, this establishes their failure to control it.
What Should I Do After a Dog Attacks Me?
There are several things you should do after a dog attack:
Get Medical Attention
Following a dog attack, you should seek immediate medical attention. Injuries left untreated could worsen over time or become infected.
Delaying a medical evaluation could also result in your dog bite injury claim being denied. The other party may claim that your injuries are not related to the dog attack.
After your wounds have been treated, you should start collecting evidence of the incident. Evidence to build your case could include:
- Your medical bills and hospital receipts
- Witness names and contact information
- Photos of your injuries, the dog, and where the attack took place
- File an incident report with your local authorities and animal control
These documents will provide proof of the dog bite attack. Gathering more evidence can increase your chances of successfully filing an insurance claim or lawsuit against the negligent dog owner.
File a Report
While many dog bites go unreported, it’s important to file an incident report for multiple reasons.
First, if you were injured, you will need this report for your insurance claim. You shouldn’t have to pay for dog bite injuries on your own. Second, it helps authorities enforce dog bite laws. Lastly, filing a report helps to prevent future attacks.
Even if your injuries initially appear minor, you need to file an official incident report.
Get Help from a Georgia Dog Bite Injury Lawyer
A dog attack is traumatic, but our team is here for you. Our team at Kaine Law is available to speak with you today by phone at (404) 214-2001.
The consultation is free, and the legal guidance is invaluable. Hablamos Español.