Noonan Dog Bite Lawyer
It is reassuring to know that the majority of dog bites are relatively minor, but other statistics indicate that there is still cause for concern. According to the Canine Journal, a dog bites 1 out of every 73 people in the US every year; of these, 1 in 5 will require a visit to the emergency room, medical treatment, or hospitalization for their injuries. It may not surprise you to learn that children under 2 years old are frequently the victims, at 26 percent of dog bite deaths. However, you might be shocked to learn that more than 70 percent of all fatalities were not family pets.
At Zagoria Law, our team has three decades of combined experience representing injured victims in Georgia, including those who suffered harm from dog bites. These cases can be extremely complex, so you need skilled representation on your side. Please contact our office to schedule a free case review with a Noonan dog bite lawyer who will advise you on your rights. An overview of the relevant laws and legal concepts is also helpful.
How Georgia Dog Bite Laws Work
The “one-bite” rule does not technically apply in Georgia, but lawmakers have enacted legislation that functions similarly. The owner could be liable for dog bite injuries if:
- The dog constitutes a vicious or dangerous animal;
- The attack occurred because the owner was careless on managing the dog or allowing it to roam; and
- You did not provoke the dog and were not trespassing.
With respect to #1, there are multiple ways of establishing that the dog was dangerous. If there is an ordinance requiring the animal to be on a leash, it is sufficient proof of vicious propensity to show that it was not. The other standard is what you may associate with the one-bite rule: You must prove that the owner knew or should have known that the dog was vicious, such as through a previous attack.
Legal Process in a Georgia Dog Bite Case
Most cases start by filing an insurance claim, since homeowner’s, property, and related policies typically cover dog bites. There is more to the process than filling out some forms, however, since you must submit sufficient evidence to prove the three elements above. The insurance company will conduct its own investigation, usually focusing on ways it can avoid paying compensation. The Zagoria Law team is prepared to advocate on your behalf during the claims process, and we may be able to settle your claim for a fair sum.
If the insurer refuses to pay sufficient damages, our Noonan dog bite attorneys will take the next step by suing in court. It is our goal to ensure you receive full compensation for your medical costs, pain and suffering, and other losses.
A Noonan Dog Bite Lawyer Will Handle Essential Tasks
If you or a loved one was injured through an animal attack, please contact Zagoria Law right away to discuss your legal remedies. You can set up a complimentary consultation with a knowledgeable Noonan dog bite attorney by calling 404.653.0023 or visiting our website.