Jonesboro and Clayton County Georgia Dog Bite and Attack Attorneys
South Atlanta’s Dog Bite Law Firm. The Millar Law Firm located in Jonesboro, Clayton County, Georgia are attorneys who specialize in dog bite and attack cases and claims. Learn more about our firm’s experience and local animal control laws here.
You need lawyers who know and understand the law in this area. Therefore, our firm may be a good fit for your case.
Since 1993 we have helped Clayton County residents receive money for their serious personal injury cases.
How do I find and hire the Best South Atlanta, Jonesboro, or Clayton County Dog Bite Lawyer?
Make certain that any lawyer or law office you interview for a dog bite claim is familiar with the local ordinances and leash laws (see below), and has experience with investigating, settling and trials of dog bite cases. Check out the dog bite lawyers with 4 and 5 star reviews, and ask for personal recommendations. The Millar Law Firm is highly rated and routinely handles Clayton County and Jonesboro dog bite cases. We are happy to discuss our experience and past results with anyone looking for a dog bite injury case attorney.
How do I win and recover a settlement in a Jonesboro or South Atlanta Dog Attack Case?
In South Atlanta, including Clayton County and its Cities: Jonesboro, Forest Park, Riverdale, Ellenwood and other local towns, just like anyplace in the State, you or your attorney can win your dog bite case by proving that the dog’s owner new the dog was “vicious” or “dangerous.”
You win by showing that the dog’s owner knew or should have known that the dog had a tendency to bite or attack humans or other animals. This is the First or Free Bite Rule – although strictly speaking, a prior bite is not actually required in our State to have a case. Knowledge that a dog is dangerous can also come from State law O.C.G.A. 51-2-7. This law tells us that a dog’s vicious nature is presumed when a dog is roaming free in violation of a local leash law – under this law prior bite or attack needs to be proven.
To succeed in a dog attack case, it is important to know or learn about both Clayton County’s rules as well as the animal control enforcement rules and laws in the City of Jonesboro.
Clayton County, GA Animal Control Ordinances (County Leash Laws)
Clayton County has several local laws that relate to controlling dogs:
Sec. 14-114(a). Confinement of animals, vicious animals, etc.. This local law requires dog owners to confine their dog:
(1) within a fence or enclosure high and secure enough to prevent a dog from escaping by jumping or digging, or other means. A fence or enclosure must be at least twice as tall as the dog, measured from the top of the dog’s head while standing on all four feet, but no more than 6 feet tall.
(2) Dog owners may also confine their dog inside of a house, garage or other building, if there is adequate ventilation and fresh air.
(3) Dog owners may also use a cable line or trolley system, but only one dog or animal may be attached to each cable or trolley system. A dog may only be attached to the cable or trolley for less than 12 hours per day. Also, a dog may not be attached between 10 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
Sec. 14-114(b). Control of dogs when off owner’s premises. Clayton County Leash Law. When a dog is off the premises of the owner, the dog must be on a leash nor more than 6 feet long, and the dog must be under control of a competent person who is at least 14 years old.
City of Jonesboro, GA Animal Control Laws (Jonesboro Leash Laws)
The City of Jonesboro also has its own set of laws about dogs:
Sec. 14-1. Definitions: Animal under restraint means any animal (1) secured by a leash or lead or enclosed by a fence, (2) under the control of a responsible person, or (3) confined in a vehicle.
Sec. 14-4. Animals at large; Impoundment. The City requires that every dog owner keep their dog under restraint within the city. Any dog or other animal not under restraint may be impounded and transported to the county pound.
Sec. 14-12. Running at large prohibited. It is unlawful for a dog owner to allow a dog to run unattended on the streets of the city. (Interestingly, this restriction does not apply to cats).
Sec. 14-13. Duty to keep animal under restraint while on property. A dog owner must abide by the rules requiring restraint, so that the dog may not wander off the property limits of the owner.
Sec. 14-14. Duty to keep animal under restraint while off property. City of Jonesboro, Georgia Leash Law. A dog owner must keep a dog under control while off-property, meaning on a leash secured by a competent person or secured in an enclosure or a vehicle.
Clayton County Animal Control Information
If you need to report a dog attack or dog bite in Jonesboro or in Clayton County, Georgia, Animal Control is located behind the Clayton County Police Department at 1396 Government Circle, Jonesboro, GA 30236 and the telephone number is 770-477-3509. In the event of any dog bite or dog attack, we recommend you make a report with animal control.
An animal control report is essential to investigating and proving your case. It is also going to be extremely useful in speaking with the insurance company about your dog bite injury claim or lawsuit.
How to hold a dog owner responsible for your injuries, medical bills and pain and suffering
Holding a dog owner liable to pay your medical bills and for items like your pain and suffering and for scars is important to you and your family. Making an animal control report, seeking prompt medical care, and investigation are the keys to success.
You, an animal control officer or an attorney must determine who owns a dog. Then you must investigate to discover if the dog had previously bitten or menaced humans or other animals, or if the dog’s owner was violating one of the Clayton County or City of Jonesboro leash laws.
A claim should be presented to the dog owner’s renters or home owners insurance company, if they have insurance. Finally, the extent and value of the claim must be determined and requested from the insurance adjuster, usually this is done using a demand package that contains all past and future medical records, bills and future cost estimates.
Each step in the legal process is important and cannot be overlooked.
How The Millar Law Firm takes action in a Jonesboro or Clayton County dog attack case
As soon as you contact our law office, we will begin to investigate your case. Often we can determine before your first appointment with us whether the dog owner has insurance and whether an animal control report exists. We will counsel and advise you and answer your questions by telephone, free of charge (our free consultation with an attorney can take place on the phone as soon as you call us, or in-person by appointment). We will determine which laws apply, and how best to investigate your case – whether it is to prove the dog had prior bite or aggression issues, or if the dog was wandering in violation of a Georgia county or city leash law. There is no charge for our services unless we later recover money for you. This means, no charge for your consultation or case investigation. Our knowledge and experience with dog bite cases is such that we are usually able to determine quickly and efficiently if you have a good case, and what you should do first to maximize your case value.
How much is a Clayton County or Jonesboro dog bite case worth for settlement or trial?
Insurance companies know that Clayton County is an excellent place for injured persons to seek justice. Jury’s in our county are known for being fair and honorable when it comes to making awards, when it is necessary for a case to be brought court. Between 2010 and 2015 industry studies have estimated the average settlement value of a dog bite case in Georgia at between $25,000.00 and $35,000.00. Based on our experience in Clayton County, we believe that our results line up well with these statistics, if not exceed them somewhat.
Of course, the more serious the bite injury the larger the case value. Our dog bite lawyers have tried and settled cases for amounts up to and exceeding $2,000,000.00. For example, in 2017 we settled a case for the policy limits of $300,000.00 for a young man who had a finger-tip bitten off while trying to save his dog from another dog’s attack. In 2015, Bruce Millar obtained a Verdict in the State Court of Gwinnett County for $2,000,000.00 for a school teacher who was bitten on the face by a pit bull and was left with a serious scar.
These are just a few examples of our verdicts and settlements. Our firm has handled well over 100 Georgia dog bite cases that have settled for policy limits after being carefully and thoroughly investigated and worked up. In Georgia, homeowner’s insurance policy limits are frequently either $100,000.00 or $300,000.00, although these limits can vary greatly from home to home.
How long will a South Atlanta dog bite case take to settle?
We are able to settle most dog bite cases within a short time after the full extent of the injuries are known, and medical care has either been completed, or we have a strong estimate of the future costs. Cases with larger, catastrophic injuries may take longer, due to our need to employ experts and obtain special, more detailed reports or deposition testimony to establish the full value of a case. Because a dog bite case is considered a personal injury case, Georgia’s two-year statute of limitation usually means that a case that cannot be (or should not be) settled must be filed within the 2-year anniversary of the dog’s attack.
Let our legal team investigate and fight the insurance company for you!
Because we specialize in dog bite cases, the insurance companies know The Millar Law Firm. Adjusters know that our firm will conduct a detailed investigation and file suit if necessary. While we usually hope to settle a case without filing a lawsuit, because our firm does file and win dog bite lawsuits regularly, our claims are taken seriously.
When you call The Millar Law Firm we will begin working on your case immediately, or answer any questions you have. You decide. We will never pressure you to sign up with us, and there is no obligation. If you would like to learn more, our phones are answered 24/7.