Maximizing Your Recovery in a Georgia Dog Bite Case
The lawyers of Atlanta’s Millar Law Firm understand that dog bites can be traumatic for victims and their families. We know these attacks are painful and terrifying and can lead to lasting physical and emotional damage. And, of course, dog bites can and often do cause serious financial losses.
Our goal is to protect you from any financial loss and maximize your recovery. We will:
- Explore every type of damages you should recover, and
- Pursue every possible source for this compensation.
If you would like to discuss your case and learn more about what you can possibly recover for your losses, call today or contact us online. Our attorneys routinely help clients all across the Atlanta area and anywhere in the State of Georgia.
What Damages Can Be Recovered in Georgia For A Dog Bite Claim or Case?
When a Millar Law Firm attorney takes on your dog bite case, we will seek to maximize your recovery by taking a close look all damages available to you. This may include:
- Medical expenses – Whether it is emergency room treatment, X-rays, surgery, medication or ongoing therapy, all past and future medical costs are compensable items of damages. Medical records, hospital bills and medical experts can help assess these damages.
- Lost wages – If you miss work and lose income while recover from your injuries, you may claim these losses. Time sheets and other work records can establish your lost income. If the dog bite causes you to suffer a permanent disability, we can work with economists and vocational experts to determine the harm to your future earning potential.
- Pain and suffering – Although it is difficult to put a dollar value on physical suffering, we can help to assess the proper amount by relying on photos, witness statements and other evidence.
- Emotional distress and counseling – Mental health experts can determine the emotional harm that may have occurred in your dog bite case and establish the treatment required.
- Scarring and disfigurement – If you need or undergo plastic surgery to repair the scars and other permanent marks caused by a dog bite, the future cost or current amounts for this care can be documented and recovered.
- Punitive damages – If a dog owner willfully allowed a dog bite to happen or recklessly disregarded the safety of others, an argument for additional damages can be made. Georgia punitive damages awards are meant as a deterrent or punishment to the dog owner to encourage him or her not to allow an attack to happen again.
- Loss of consortium – If you are the spouse of one who was severely injured in a dog attack, you may be deprived of their comfort, companionship and support. Georgia law recognizes losses of consortium as an important part of your harms and losses.
- Wrongful death damages – If the dog bite proved fatal, surviving family members can seek medical expenses, funeral costs and damages for the loss of life and other tangible and intangible benefits.
Our Law Firm’s mission is to make sure that all areas of your life affected by a dog or other animal bite or attack are fully covered.
Sources of Compensation For Georgia Dog Bite Victims
Locating sources of compensation is an important part of what our law firm does.
Your lawyer from The Millar Law Firm generally will turn to the dog owner’s available homeowner’s insurance coverage. The policy may specifically cover dog bites or other animal attacks that occur on the owner’s property. In some instances, the homeowner may have what is called an “umbrella” policy that has higher dollar limits.
If the bite or attack happened on the premises of a business, the company is likely to have a general liability insurance policy that may cover your damages.
Additionally, since 2012, Georgia has required owners of “vicious” dogs to maintain a minimum of $50,000 of liability insurance. The law defines a “vicious dog” as a dog that in the past killed or seriously injured a person.
The Millar Law Firm Will Review Your Dog Bite Case At No Charge
Bruce Millar and the experienced dog bite Attorneys on our Legal Team are ready to help you. We can review your case right away. It starts by calling us today or contacting us online. We will charge nothing for our legal services unless you recover.