Atlanta Dog Bite Lawyer
More than 4 million Americans are victims of dog bites every year. Of those, an estimated 20 percent of victims will require medical attention for their injuries. Aggressive dogs are clearly a menace if they are not handled properly, and dog owners are responsible when injuries occur even if the bite was unintentional.
In Georgia, a dog owner is only liable for his dog’s biting of another person if the victim can prove that the dog owner knew or should have known of his dog’s propensity to bite. In other words, the victim must show that the dog has bitten another person previously. This theory of liability is known as the “one-bite” rule.
Unfortunately, in Georgia, the burden is on the victim to prove that a dog’s owner was aware that his animal posed a danger. In order to get justice, even in the case of a serious injury, bite victims need professional representation from a dog attack attorney who is experienced in dog bite law and local dog bite ordinances.
By thoroughly investigating a case, Zagoria Law often finds evidence of prior bites or attacks. In addition, Zagoria Law is often able to establish liability by researching local leash law ordinances.
Serious Dog Bite Injuries
Medical treatment can be costly, and victims sometimes require treatment for years after the attack. Children and the elderly especially are at serious risk of long-term or quality of life health problems from these types of injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog attack or bite, you should not have to pay the medical bills to address injuries that occurred when a dog’s owner allowed a dangerous animal to be at large.
Injuries from a dog attack or bite, which can be life-altering, include:
- open and/or infected wounds
- broken bones
- nerve and muscle damage to the hand, leg or arm
- injuries requiring plastic surgery
Contact an Experienced Dog Bite Lawyer
Atlanta’s Zagoria Law believes dog owners should be accountable for the actions of their pets if those actions result in injury to others. If you’ve sustained a dog bite, you need to work with an attorney with a proven track record in securing significant rewards and the expertise to ensure your medical costs are covered – often without a trial.
To schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers, call 404-653-0023 or email the firm.