If you suffered injuries in a dog bite incident in Fulton County, you might be able to hold the dog’s owner liable for your pain and suffering, treatment, time away from work, and other losses. If we believe you have a case, an East Point dog bites lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers will offer to represent you based on contingency.
You can discuss your case and your options with a member of our team now by calling (404) 888-8888. We provide complimentary case reviews and can answer your questions about your rights and options. Contact us today to get started.
Georgia Dog Bite Laws Allow Victims to Take Legal Action in Some Circumstances
Georgia’s laws as they relate to animal attacks appear in Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-2-7. In general, Georgia has a version of what is sometimes called a “one bite rule.” This means that, in theory, the law allows a dog one bite with no consequences. It states that the owner is only responsible if they knew the dog was vicious or otherwise likely to attack someone prior to the incident in question.
However, Georgia law differs in how it defines how an owner could know the dog is vicious. In this state, if the dog in question was unleashed or otherwise not under the control of the owner when the attack occurred, they may be considered vicious if there was a leash ordinance in place.
For example, imagine you were walking at Sumner Park when a dog that was running loose from its owner bit you. Since there is a leash law in place in East Point, the dog should have been under the owner’s control. This means you could likely hold the owner liable despite the dog having no documented history of threatening behavior.
Let a member of the dog bite team from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers review the details of your incident and injuries today. We can determine if you may qualify to take legal action.
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving East Point, call (404) 888-8888
Our Attorneys Help Clients Seek Compensation for East Point Dog Bite Injuries
If we accept your case, an East Point dog bites lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers will represent you based on contingency. You will not need to pay us anything directly. Instead, we will receive our fees from the negotiated settlement agreement or court award we secure on your behalf. If we cannot prove the dog’s owner was negligent and recover compensation, you owe us nothing.
We understand how frustrating it is to suffer potentially serious injuries and pain because of a dog owner’s negligent behavior. Their failure to control their dog led directly to your injuries, and we believe they should be responsible for your medical care, lost wages, and other losses, not you.
To this end, we will gather evidence to prove the following:
- The dog belongs to the owner.
- You did not provoke the dog.
- The dog attacked you.
- You suffered injuries and financial losses as a result.
- The dog meets the state standard of “vicious.”
We will collect documentation of your damages, including the intangible losses you suffered as a result of the dog bite and related injuries. With this evidence, we will seek a payout to compensate you fairly for your losses. We can take the case we build to the homeowner’s insurance company representing the dog’s owner, another insurer providing coverage for this type of incident, or a Fulton County civil court.
To learn more about this type of case, call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers at (404) 888-8888.
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Recoverable Damages in a Fulton County Dog Bite Case
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers seeks compensation for our clients based on their actual losses. This includes their financial expenses and losses, intangible losses, and potential future damages related to the incident. Some examples of common damages in a dog bite case include the following:
- Medical treatment and care, including future treatment and ongoing care costs
- Lost income and benefits
- Diminished earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to the injury
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Other non-economic damages
If the victim passes away from a dog bite injury or related complications, some family members may qualify to pursue wrongful death damages under OCGA §51-4-2. Qualifying family members could include a surviving spouse, children, or parents. Our team can review your case to determine your options.
Statute of Limitations on Filing Suit Against the Dog’s Owner
If it is necessary, we can file a civil lawsuit in a Fulton County court—or another appropriate jurisdiction—on your behalf. Per OCGA §9-3-33, we only have two years from the date your injuries occurred to take this action, however. We will need to act quickly and exhaust our options for an out-of-court settlement, if appropriate, before this deadline arrives.
Missing this deadline could mean losing the right to file a civil suit at all. For this reason, we must ensure we file the necessary paperwork and name the dog’s owner as a liable party before the second anniversary of your injuries.
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Speak with a Team Member from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Today
An East Point dog bites lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers may be able to represent you in your Fulton County dog bite case if the facts support your claim. Let our team review your bite incident, injuries, prognosis, and other details about your case for free today. We will discuss your case with you, explaining your rights and the strength of your case against the dog’s owner or another liable party.
There is a leash law in place in East Point, which makes proving dog bite cases somewhat easier in many cases. The team from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers is ready to go to work for you now if you qualify. Call (404) 888-8888 for your complimentary case consultation.