Getting attacked by a dog can be a harrowing experience that results in physical injury and even mental trauma. While accidents can happen, sometimes the harm you suffered in a dog attack can be laid directly at the feet of an irresponsible owner. You could pursue damages to recover your losses and hold this pet owner accountable. Our dog bites lawyers serving Decatur can help.
Pursuing Compensation After a Dog Bite
A neglectful pet owner and their dog can easily cause a great deal of harm. A dog attack can result in:
- Minor injuries, like lacerations and bruising
- Serious injuries, like eye injuries, neck injuries, and broken bones
- Psychological trauma
If you or a loved one suffered injuries like this at the hands of someone else’s dog, you could pursue compensation. The damages in your case could help compensate you for medical expenses, the cost of future care, and the pain and suffering experienced by your family. If you missed days at work due to your injuries, you could even seek a recovery of your lost wages.
You could seek compensation for medical costs such as:
- Physical therapy
- Emergency room treatment
- Diagnostic testing
- Assistive devices
- Visits to a doctor
- And more
For a free legal consultation with a dog bites lawyer serving Decatur, call (404) 888-8888
Hiring a Dog Bite Lawyer
You are not required to hire a lawyer, but an attorney from our team can do many things to help assist you with your case. We will:
File Your Case Before the Statute of Limitations Expires
You do not have a limitless amount of time to file your personal injury lawsuit. Per OCGA §9-3-33, you have just two years to bring your case forward. Our dog bite lawyers serving Decatur will make sure that you do not miss your chance to pursue compensation.
We will gather the evidence needed to show that blame for the dog attack can be placed at the owner’s feet. We will talk to eyewitnesses. We will see if there were previous incidents with this dog and if an owner should have been more careful. Whether it was through their actions or inaction, an irresponsible dog owner could be held liable for the damage caused by their pet.
Handle All Communications
You do not have to talk to the dog owner, insurance companies, or other involved parties. We will handle all communications for you. If there is an update about your case, like a settlement offer, you will be the first to know.
Make Your Case in Court if Necessary
If a settlement is not reached, we are prepared to fight for you in court. We will make your case to a judge and jury and show why you are owed compensation for what you and your family have experienced.
Fight for Fair Compensation
We will look at your medical costs and talk to doctors about your prognosis and mental health. We will take into account the full effects of this traumatic event experienced by you or your loved one, and calculate fair compensation. Then, we will fight for the settlement you deserve.
Act as Your Advocate
Most of all, we will act as your advocate at every stage. We will fight for the best possible legal outcome and do everything that we can to help you make your case and seek compensation.
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When a Dog Owner Should Be Held Liable
Per OCGA §51-2-7, an owner of an animal that is potentially dangerous has some important responsibilities. If they are careless and do not adhere to local laws concerning leashes or the confinement of their dog, they could be held liable if their pet attacks another person unprovoked.
A dog owner can be held liable whether the incident occurs on their property or somewhere else. If someone is a guest in their home or on their property, it is presumed that this guest is owed a “duty of care.” If the dog is on another property when an attack occurs, the owner can still be held liable if they were not acting in accordance with OCGA §51-2-7.
Factors Affecting Dog Bite Cases
Not every dog bite case is the same. There are a number of factors that could affect these types of cases and whether or not an owner is held liable. Some key things to consider include:
Whether You Were an Invitee
Generally, someone owes you a duty of care when you are invited onto their property, their business, or into their home. It is assumed that the property is free of hazards for an “invitee.” A dog that might attack is a hazard—and a dangerous one. A property owner is not holding up their end of the bargain if they invite you into a property with a dangerous dog.
Whether the Attack Was Provoked
If it can be shown that an attack was provoked, the dog owner might be able to contest that they were liable. Even a well-behaved and socialized dog could lash out if poked and prodded by a stranger.
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Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one was harmed by someone else’s dog and the pet owner’s negligence played a role, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers at (404) 888-8888 to receive your free consultation today.
You can learn more about your legal options and how to pursue damages with the help of a dog bite lawyer serving Decatur.