Union City Dog Bite Lawyer
Dogs may not be a significant source of death and disability in the US, but data reveals that there is still cause for concern for people of all ages. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 885,000 people need medical attention for dog bites and more than 344,000 will require emergency care. Of course, beyond the costs of medical care, there are other implications for victims. Many suffer from infection, while emotional consequences can be debilitating and financial impacts are extreme.
It is possible to recover compensation for your losses under Georgia dog bite laws, though there can be challenges in dealing with insurers and litigation. Our team at Zagoria Law has the skills to overcome obstacles and ensure you get the monetary damages you deserve. Please contact us to schedule a case analysis with a Union City dog bite lawyer, and take time to review some important information.
What Dog Bite Victims Need to Know About Georgia Law
The first important point to note is that Georgia has enacted a statute on dangerous dogs. One aspect of the law covers what you may know as the “one-bite” rule: An owner is liable for carelessly managing a dog that had bitten or shown aggression in the past. However, the statute also provides that victims can recover compensation when the dog is considered “vicious.” Not having the dog on a leash in accordance with local ordinance is one way of proving viciousness.
- A victim is barred from obtaining monetary damages if he or she provoked the dog.
- If you were trespassing at the time of the dog bite incident, you are also unable to recover compensation.
- Georgia’s statute of limitations in dog bite cases is two years, so you must file a lawsuit in court before it expires.
Steps in the Legal Process
The first stage of a Georgia dog bite case is dealing with an insurance company, since you will be filing a claim under the owner’s insurance policy. It may be possible to negotiate settlement, and you can count on Zagoria Law to ensure you receive an amount sufficient to cover your losses. However, insurers are often unwilling to pay fair compensation because it affects their bottom line. If the company denies your claim or makes a low counteroffer, our Union City dog bite attorneys will sue in court. We will seek amounts for:
- Medical expenses, including hospitalization, cosmetic surgery, and pain medications;
- Lost wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Scarring and disfigurement; and
- Emotional distress.
Rely on a Union City Dog Bite Lawyer for Skilled Legal Help
At Zagoria Law, our team has 30 years of combined experience fighting on behalf of injured victims, including those hurt in animal attacks. We are ready to take on all legal tasks in support of your rights, so please call 404.653.0023 or go online to set up a free consultation with a Union City dog bite attorney. We can advise you on the process after learning more about your story.