Around 1,000 U.S. citizens need emergency treatment for severe dog bite
injuries each day. Every year, about 9,500 people are hospitalized because of
dog bites. While many dogs aren’t particularly large, these smaller dogs can
also be dangerous to children. Likewise, part of the danger in a dog bite
lies in bacterial growth, which can cause serious problems if left untreated.
If you’ve been attacked by a dog, you may be able to seek compensation
depending on the circumstances of the incident.
In Georgia, the law presumes most dogs are harmless. With proper ownership,
this is entirely accurate. However, not all dog owners are responsible
with their animals, and a mistreated dog is likely to take its aggression
and frustration out on other animals and people. Because the law makes
this presumption, it is your job to prove the owner of the dog knows of
its tendency toward aggression.
If the dog was not at heel or on a leash at the time of the attack, you
must provide evidence that shows the dog was clearly dangerous
and that the owner knew, or should have known, about this aggression. For
example, if you can get another person who was attacked by the dog to
testify about their experience, this could be sufficient evidence to prove
the dog owners liability in your accident.
However, if you were attacked by what Georgia considers a dangerous dog,
this situation would be regarded as a different matter entirely. The state’s
Dangerous Dog Control Law regulates the registration of dangerous dogs,
proper enclosures, insurance policies, and other requirements and penalties
for dogs considered to be “dangerous.” According to the law,
any dog is seen as dangerous if it inflicts a serious injury on a human
being without provocation on public or private property. Likewise, if
a dog attacks another person after being labeled a dangerous dog, the
owner will be held solely responsible for any injury to a person caused
by their dog.
It is, therefore, important to distinguish between dogs who have never
attacked before and dogs who have. You can pursue a claim for compensation
more easily if the dog is already considered a dangerous animal, but you
will have a harder time doing so for a first-time offender.
If you need help with your case, consider calling our skilled
Atlanta personal injury attorneys at
Chuck Clay & Associates, LLC. Our lawyers can offer you top-quality service and excellent legal advice
regarding the strength of your case. We have been able to recover more
than $70 million on behalf of our clients; let us see what we can do for you.
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