Johns Creek Dog Bite Lawyer
Dogs are the most popular household pet in the US, but not all are the loveable, obedient creatures that capture the hearts of Americans. Statistics compiled by Canine Journal reveal that around 885,000 people seek medical attention for dog bites every year, and more than 344,000 of them require emergency treatment for their injuries. Unfortunately, due to their curious nature and being right at eye-level, children are often victims. More than 26 percent of dog bite fatalities involved children under 2 years old.
Suffering a dog bite injury can turn your life around, and the emotional and financial losses add up. You do have remedies under Georgia law, but the requirements and legal process can be complicated at a time when you are trying to recover. Instead of putting your rights at risk, trust our team at Zagoria Law. Please contact our firm today to schedule a no-cost consultation with a Johns Creek dog bite lawyer. You can also read on for some important information about the laws.
Overview of Georgia Dog Bite Laws
Many other US states follow the “one-bite” rule that holds owners liable if they knew or should have known that the dog was dangerous; a previous bite serves as powerful evidence of this knowledge.
However, in Georgia, lawmakers have also passed a law on dangerous dogs that works similarly to the one-bite rule in some cases. Owners may be liable under the statute if they fail to exercise proper care in managing the animal or allow the dog to roam at liberty. However, the victim must have proof that the animal was vicious and the owner was aware of the dangers. Alternatively, it is sufficient to show that the dog was not on a leash or secured as required by law.
There are multiple types of compensation available in a Georgia dog bite case, including:
- Medical costs, including surgery, cosmetic procedures, and psychiatric care;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Emotional distress.
What to do After Being Bitten by a Dog
The Johns Creek dog bite attorneys at Zagoria Law will handle all the important legal tasks to ensure you receive fair monetary damages. Our first step will be filing an insurance claim and attempting to work out an agreement to settle out of court. If the insurer will not pay a reasonable amount, we will take the next step by filing a lawsuit in court.
However, there are a few tasks that you can accomplish to support our efforts:
- Get proper medical treatment immediately and follow doctor’s orders.
- Do not discuss the incident with the dog’s owner or handler.
- Avoid answering questions or providing a statement to an insurance agent. We will handle communications with the insurer on your behalf.
Discuss Your Options with a Johns Creek Dog Bite Lawyer
At Zagoria Law, our team has extensive experience serving those injured through dog bites and animal attacks. We are ready to tackle the challenges in our quest to ensure you receive fair compensation. For more information, please call 404.653.0023 or go online to set up a free consultation with a Johns Creek dog bite attorney.