A Georgia Guide For Preventing Dog Bite Injuries
Atlanta Dog Bite Attorneys Serving All of Georgia
In most cases, dog bites are a preventable tragedy. Dog owners can take steps to prevent their animals from biting or attacking other people. Those who encounter a dog can also do certain things to reduce their chances of being bitten. Of course, sometimes a bite can happen despite the best efforts of the victim. If a dog bite or dog attack happens, the resulting physical and mental injuries can be serious.
The law in Georgia allows dog bite victims the right to recover monetary compensation from dog owners under certain conditions. That is particularly true when an owner is aware of a dog’s vicious nature but fails to properly control the dog.
The Atlanta dog bite lawyers at The Millar Law Firm can help you recover the compensation you deserve for your dog bite injuries. If you or a family member has been bitten or attacked by a dog, contact our Georgia dog bite lawyers today for a free case evaluation by calling 404-381-8990, or fill out our online contact form.
The Millar Law Firm has a successful record of representing dog bite and dog attack victims throughout Atlanta and across the State of Georgia. Our firm has secured more than $100 million in favorable verdicts and settlement on behalf of our clients.
How Dog Owners Can Prevent Dog Bites
There are ways that owners can prevent their dogs from becoming aggressive in order to protect themselves and others from danger. The first line of defense against dog bites is for owners to take steps to make sure that their dog is not put in a position to become aggressive. The Humane Society outlines suggestions for dog owners, including the following tips:
- Owners should supervise their dogs and take steps to make sure that no one is harmed. This means refraining from putting the dog into situations where aggression is likely. For instance, if a dog shows aggression when other dogs are around, owners should refrain from taking the dog to a dog park or to crowded public trails where many people walk their dogs. For dogs that are known to be aggressive, owners may also wish to take additional protective steps, including muzzling their pets.
- Dogs should be spayed or neutered to help prevent aggression and to reduce their need for dominance.
- Owners should refrain from punishing their pets for aggression as punishment can make the problem worse — especially if the dog is exhibiting fear aggression or if the dog is trying to show its dominance.
- Medical problems related to aggressive behavior need to be ruled out by veterinarians during a physical.
- Trainers should be consulted to deal with aggression problems. Animal behavioral specialists can help to equip owners with the tools needed to stop aggression.
Ultimately, dog owners need to take on the responsibility of protecting their dog and of protecting people who could potentially come into contact with their dog. Owners should do this by ensuring that the dog is properly restrained, trained and socialized.
Preventing Dog Bites When Interacting with a Dog
The Humane Society outlines several key tips for those who may encounter a dog to help reduce the chances of a bite. These tips include the following:
- Don’t approach unfamiliar dogs or pet a dog without the owner’s permission. This is especially true if the dog is confined behind a fence or on a leash or chain, as many dogs will show leash aggression or feel cornered when approached by a stranger in a closed-in area.
- Let the dog see and sniff before petting so that the dog becomes comfortable and is not taken by surprise.
- Refrain from turning your back to a dog, as this can encourage the dog to attempt to chase and catch.
- Do not startle or scare a dog that is sleeping , chewing on a toy, caring for her puppies or eating. Often, dogs feel vulnerable when they are sleeping and can snap when awakened. Dogs are also sometimes very protective of food, toys and puppies.
When a dog is showing signs of aggression or you fear that a bite or attack is imminent, there are also some things that can be done to try to reduce the likelihood of the attack or to minimize injuries. For example, the Humane Society usually recommends that you:
- Stand motionless with your hands at your side and avoid direct eye-to-eye contact with the animal.
- Back away slowly out of sight of the dog once the dog has lost interest.
- Use any items you have on your person to keep the dog away from you.
- Should a dog knock you to the floor or ground, curl to a ball position and put your hands up covering your face and ears and try to stay as motionless as you can.
Level the Playing Field – Receive The Money You Need For Your Dog Bite Injuries
The experienced Atlanta dog bite lawyers at Millar Law Firm can help you recover money if you have been mauled by a vicious dog. An owner’s insurance adjuster may try to get you to settle before the full extent of your injuries and any scars or psychological damage are known, for a low-dollar amount – so, be careful. In Georgia, you have up to two years to file suit, and you may have even longer to resolve your case if suit is filed to properly preserve your rights, or in the case of children, who have until two years past their 18th birthday to file a lawsuit. Additionally, following a settlement or verdict, your own health insurer or workers’ compensation carrier may try to take part of your verdict or settlement — sometimes more than they are entitled to receive as reimbursement. However, our attorneys and investigators will be at your side, making sure to protect your rights and interests.
We may be able to help you recover money for your medical bills, including past and future surgery, for emotional injury – because being attacked by a vicious dog can be especially traumatic – and for future scarring and nerve damage. We have reached numerous six-figure ($100,000-plus) settlements in serious dog bite cases.
Contact Us Today
We represent dog bite and dog attack victims throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and across Georgia. If you or a family member has been bitten or attacked by a dog, contact The Millar Law Firm today for a free case evaluation by calling 404-381-8990 or reaching us online.
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