Atlanta Dog Bite Attorney: Injury Case Specialists
Our Atlanta, Georgia lawyers specialize in dog bite and attack settlements and lawsuits. Homeowners, business owner and renters insurance covers most dog bite claims and lawsuits. We will investigate the facts of your case and discover if there is insurance coverage. Above all, there is no charge for our investigation or services unless we recover money for you. Our attorneys have helped many children, adults and seniors near you recover large verdicts and settlements for medical bills, puncture and tear wounds, nerve damage, pain and suffering and physical and emotional scars.
Georgia Dog Bite and Dog Attack Injuries Legal Help:
- What is a typical dog bite or dog attack lawsuit amount? (call us for a free case evaluation)
- When is a dog’s owner responsible to pay my medical bills?
- Is my bite or attack claim paid by the owner’s (home-owner’s) liability insurance?
- What should I do if the dog-owner denies he or she has insurance? (Don’t take their word for it!)
- What happens if the dog escaped from its owner? Do I have a case?
- Has the dog bitten anyone before? (let us find out for you)
The Millar Law Firm will answer your questions and investigate your case:
Our firm will assign one of our Atlanta dog bite lawyers to properly evaluate your case.
Here’s how our attorneys will handle your dog bite case:
- First, our firm investigates how the dog bite occurred. This includes reviewing police or animal control reports, 911 recordings, first responder and ER records, and interviewing witnesses to the attack to prove it was not your fault.
- After that, the value of your injury case will be determined by the extent of your injury, by reviewing medical records and after consulting with medical experts.
- In addition, because we know you need compensation, we find all insurance policies that will cover your losses such as the homeowner’s policy of the careless dog owner, and research dog bite lawsuit settlement amounts to maximize your case recovery.
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To learn more about how we can help you, contact The Millar Law Firm today. When you call, you will speak with a lawyer at no charge to discuss the facts of your case and your legal options.
Dog Bites by the Numbers
Statistically speaking, dog bites are a serious public safety issue. In other words, Georgia dog attacks are an even bigger problem than many people recognize — until a dog attack affects them personally. Moreover, a serious bite or attack can, and often does, leave both bodily and emotional scars. The following statistics illuminate the scope of the problem:
- Remarkably, up to 20 % of the victims of dog bites require medical care.
- Each year, at least 800,000 people in the United States undergo medical care and treatment due to bites each year, reports the American Veterinary Medical Association.
- Additionally, and unfortunately, nearly half of the victims of dog bites are children ages 13 and under.
- Nearly 28,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery in 2012 to repair damage caused by dog bites, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons report.
Senior Citizens are frequent dog bite victims
- Senior citizens are the second most common victim of dog bites. Among adults killed by dog attacks in 2014, three fourths of the victims were 50 years or older.
Family pets are involved in many fatal dog attacks
- Nearly 50 percent of the dogs involved in fatal attacks in 2014 were family pets, based on ownership information.
- 19 percent of all individuals fatally injured by dog attacks in 2014 were visiting or living with the dog’s owner when the attack occurred.
- Two dog breeds, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 74 percent of the fatal dog attack from 2005 to 2014, according to dogbite.org.
- Pit bulls contributed to 64 percent of the fatal dog attacks in 2014 while Rottweilers contributed to 10 percent, according to dogbite.org.
- Homeowners insurance usually covers most pit bull dog attacks, although we are seeing more exclusions.
- 57 percent of fatal dog attacks in 2014 involved more than one dog. A fifth of the attacks involve packs of four or more dogs.
- Un-neutered male dogs are the most likely to show aggression. According to the AVMA, 70 to 76 percent of reported dog bite incidents involve these dogs.
In Georgia, is Compensation Automatic if a Dog Bites Me?
To prove a dog bite or dog attack case in the state of Georgia, you will need to show that the dog’s owner or handler did something wrong. For example, you should be able to recover compensation if you can prove:
- The dog was known to be dangerous. An owner can also be liable for an attack by a dog known to the owner to be dangerous or that the owner should have known was dangerous.
- The dog was off-leash or unsecured. In addition, the owner’s violation of a local “leash law” or city/county animal control ordinance can lead to liability.
How Do I Prove A Dog Bite Case?
Knowing how to gather evidence in a dog bite case and proving your eligibility for compensation takes experience. Our Law Firm’s lawyers and investigators will assist you every step of the way. As soon as we accept your case, we begin gathering the proof you need to make a successful dog bite claim and win the case.
Our team of attorneys, support staff and investigators will promptly investigate to discover if a dog:
- Has been vicious or shown aggressive tendencies . A dog can be shown to have presented an unreasonable risk when there is a past history of bites, aggressive or threatening behavior, attacks on other animals or past aggression against you or others (even the dog’s own family members).
- The dog’s owner was or should have been aware their dog might be dangerous. If the owner knew the dog was aggressive, such as the dog has hurt or killed a person or animal or if there were other signs of aggression, the owner should have been tipped off about the risk.
- The owner carelessly handled the dog. For example, a dog owner may be negligent by allowing a dog off leash or to escape a yard due to an inadequate or defective fence when there is a local ordinance or leash law.
Sometimes, the most difficult part of these cases is proving that the owner was actually aware of the canine’s problems. Sometimes, however, proof that an owner knew or should have known their dog was dangerous or vicious is proven through public information, such as local animal control records. Neighbors attacked or harassed by a dangerous dog also make great evidence to prove knowledge of vicious propensity.
The evidence you need to prove a dog bite case in Atlanta or anywhere in Georgia
At The Millar Law Firm, our lawyers and investigators search for evidence that a dog has been a problem or menace in the past. Often, our attorneys and investigators will speak with neighbors, animal control, local officials and gather records in order to prove the legal elements necessary in Georgia to win your case. In Georgia, winning a dog bite case can be difficult without evidence that meets these strict legal standards.
Discovering any violations of local dangerous dog and leash laws is critical. An owner’s failure to keep a dog inside a secure fence, on a leash, muzzled or under the control of its owner can lead to liability.
If there is a legal violation, it is not always necessary to prove the dog’s owner knew the dog was dangerous in these cases. Instead, you may show the owner:
- Violated leash and restraint laws. Local leash laws, a court order and county ordinances can all impose certain obligations on dog owners to make sure their animals are under control.
- Failed to control the dog . A dog owners failure to secure his or her dog on a leash or keep it confined, is failing to handle or control the animal. The dog owner can be liable for allowing the dog to go free or for not muzzling the dog.
When an obligation existed and the owner fell short, we will help you prove it.
How Do I Receive Compensation after a Dog Bite or Attack?
Having a solid legal case after a dog bites you is very important because there is often a lot of money at stake. The injuries from dog bites can include amputations, permanent scarring, head injuries, disfigurement, broken bones, cuts and scrapes and fractures. Likewise, the injuries can be painful, permanent and expensive to treat. In addition, and in the most serious cases dog bite injuries can also lead to scars, permanent injury and even death.
A dog owner’s homeowners, business owners or (in some cases) renters insurance can pay monetary damages.
Compensation after a Dog Bite Accident
- All medical bills and costs
- Lost income or wages
- Any reduction in earning potential caused by ongoing injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and counseling
- Scarring and disfigurement damages
- In fatal attacks, damages for wrongful death
- Punitive damages
The actual economic losses alone can be staggering, as treatments may include plastic surgeries and ongoing care. As an innocent victim, you should not have to shoulder this burden on your own.
Our Atlanta Dog Bite Lawyers Can Help You
A dog bite or attack is a traumatic experience. You have to cope with physical and mental trauma. Therefore, the last thing you need is more stress. Let us recover your medical bills and losses, pain and suffering and trauma. At The Millar Law Firm, we take care of your legal rights so you can focus on other things.
Our law firm has been helping Atlanta, Georgia dog and animal attack victims receive fair compensation since 1993. Rest assured, our lawyers are ready to take on your case and seek the fair settlement that you deserve. We don’t charge you for our legal services unless we recover money your case.
To learn more about how we can represent you in your dog bite case, please give us a call or contact us online today.