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Atlanta Dog Bite Lawyers

Dog Bites

The Millar Law Firm specializes in dog bite and attack cases and can investigate your claim at no charge. We have helped many children, adults and seniors 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/Attack Injuries – Legal Help:

  • When is a dog’s owner responsible to pay my medical bills?
  • How much is a dog bite or attack case or claim worth in Georgia? (We specializes in these cases)
  • Is my bite or attack claim paid by the owner’s (home-owner’s) 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 attorneys to properly evaluate your case.

Attorney Bruce Millar talks dog bites in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • We investigate how the dog bite occurred, including reviewing any police or animal control reports and interviewing witnesses to the attack to prove it was not your fault.
  • We value your injuries by reviewing medical records and consulting with medical experts.
  • We find all insurance policies that will cover your losses such as the homeowner’s policy of the careless dog owner.

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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

Dog bites are a serious public safety issue and is a bigger problem than many people recognize until a dog attack affects them personally. We understand your issues, as a serious bite or attack can, and often does, leave both bodily and emotional scars. The following statistics illuminate the scope of the problem:

  • 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.
  • 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 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Unneutered male dog are mostly likely to show aggression and are involved in 70 percent to 76 percent of reported dog bite incidents, according to the AVMA.

Eligibility for Compensation after a Dog Bite

If you or a loved one was bitten or attacked by a dog 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 be liable for an attack by a dog known to the owner to be dangerous or that the owner should have known was dangerous.
  • Off-leash or unsecured – If a dog is required by local “leash laws” or animal control ordinances to be secured, and the owner allows the dog to be free, the owner can be liable.

Proving Your 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 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) can all be proof that the dog presented an unreasonable risk.
  • 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.
  • Was handled carelessly – This can be proven by showing the dog was allowed off leash or escaped from the yard due to negligence or an inadequate fence or tether.

Sometimes, the most difficult part of these cases is proving that the owner was actually aware of the canine’s problems. Unless there is a public record that the dog had bitten someone before, such as an animal control report, it can be difficult, but certainly not impossible, to prove that the owner knew of should have been aware their dog was a threat or dangerous.

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.  We strive to put together the strongest possible case so you will have the best chance of being fully paid for your losses.

We will also research and attempt to prove any violations of local dangerous dog and leash laws. If a dog is required to be on a leash, muzzled or under the security and control of its owner, and the owner failed to keep the dog contained, this can result in the owner being liable.

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:

  • Was obliged to control the dog – 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 – If a dog is supposed to be secured or on leash and isn’t, the dog’s owner is failing in his or her obligation to handle 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 to prove it.

Compensation after a Dog Bite Accident

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. The injuries can be painful, permanent and expensive to treat. They can also lead to death.

When an injury happens due to a dog bite or attack, the dog’s owner can be held responsible for paying monetary damages for:

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. The last thing you need is to add to your stress by worrying about how you will pay for your losses. At The Millar Law Firm, we take care of your legal rights so you can take care of your other needs.

Since 1993, our attorneys have been helping injured victims in Atlanta and across Georgia to get full compensation from those who hurt them.Our attorneys are highly peer-Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability. We are members of the Atlanta Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia and have earned a place among the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

We are ready to take on your case and seek the compensation 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.

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