If you suffered a dog bite injury in the Macon area, the dog’s owner may be financially liable for your medical care and other damages. Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help you pursue compensation.
Our firm has served injury victims in Georgia since its founding in 2008. We want to help you resolve your case and get back on your feet at no upfront cost to you.
We Can Help You Recoup the Costs of Expensive Medical Treatment
The cost of bite-related medical care can quickly add up with treatment, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, and other medical expenses. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), the state’s average cost per claim for dog bites was more than $47,000 in 2019. This figure includes compensation paid to victims for their past and future medical treatment, as well as other damages.
Our dog bite attorneys can evaluate your case and provide you with an estimate of what it may be worth.
You Could Win Compensation for Your Lost Wages and Pain and Suffering
If you have missed work because of your injury, our dog bite attorneys can help you seek awards for your lost wages. If your injury resulted in a permanent disability that prevents you from working or performing the job you held prior to your accident, you could win a settlement for your reduced earning capacity.
A dog bite can be a scary and traumatic experience. You could win compensation for the emotional and mental consequences of your accident and injuries, including awards for past and future stress, anxiety, and mental anguish. If you suffered a severe or permanent injury, scarring, or disfigurement, you could win awards for your physical pain and the impact of your injuries on your quality of life.
You Can Seek Awards on Behalf of Your Child or a Deceased Loved One
Children are more likely than adults to sustain a dog bite injury, and dog bite injuries in children are often more severe, according to a study in Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction. You can pursue damages for dog bites on behalf of your minor child. You may also seek certain awards on behalf of an adult family member if they died from injuries caused by a dog bite.
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Macon, call (404) 888-8888
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How Can a Dog Bite Lawyer Help With Your Case?
To win your dog bite case, you must prove the dog’s owner is responsible for your injuries. Our attorneys can show the dog owner’s negligence led to your accident, or that the owner should have been aware their dog could be dangerous and taken measures to prevent it from harming a person.
We will gather evidence, including:
- Medical records
- Witness testimony
- Records of past incidents involving the dog that bit you
- Records pertaining to the animal’s ownership
- The animal’s vaccination records
- Photographs of your injuries
- Video footage that may exist of your attack
- Expert testimony
We Can File Your Insurance Claims or Assist With a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Dog bites are a type of personal injury that falls under the legal umbrella of premises liability. As such, you may be able to recover damages through a renters, homeowners, or premises liability insurance claim.
We can help you determine with whom to file your claim and take care of your submitting your claims forms. We will protect your rights during insurance negotiations and argue for the most advantageous settlement for you.
If we cannot resolve your case through a claim, we can pursue a verdict in civil court. According to OCGA §9-3-33, you have two years from the time your dog bite occurred to sue for personal injury. If your loved one died from complications related to a dog bite, you have two years from their time of death to file a wrongful death action.
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Georgia Dog Bite Laws That Apply to Your Case
According to OCGA §51-2-7, dog owners bear financial responsibility for injuries caused by an animal considered “vicious or dangerous.” Owners also are liable for injuries caused by “careless management” or because they allowed their animal to “go at liberty.”
The statute states it is sufficient to prove the dog owner was not in compliance with local leash laws or that the owner did not have the dog “at heel.” However, if you provoked the dog that bit you, or you were trespassing at the time of the incident, the dog owner may not be liable.
Local laws in Macon
Chapter 5 of the Code of Ordinances for Macon-Bibb County requires dog owners to have their animals under control. The law defines “control” as on a leash, under the command of a competent individual, inside of a vehicle, or on the owner’s property. The county has the authority to declare an animal dangerous if it:
- Bites someone and breaks the skin
- Aggressively attacks a person in such a way that the person believes there is an immediate threat of injury
- Kills a pet while off of its owner’s property
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What Should You do After a Dog Bite Incident?
If you have not already done so, you should seek medical treatment for your injury. You should also report the incident to the local authorities so you can file a report.
You will need to contact the dog owner’s insurance provider. Our lawyers can ensure the insurance company does not pressure you into saying something they could use to discredit your claim or into accepting a lower settlement than you deserve.
Reach Out to Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Today
Contact our team at (404) 888-8888. There is no obligation, and we take cases on contingency.