Lawyers For Your Jonesboro and South Atlanta Dog Attack Injury Case
Georgia’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. Keep reading to learn more about our firm’s experience and helpful information about local Georgia City and County animal control laws and ordinances.
You need lawyers who know and understand dog bite laws in this area. We handle dog bite claims across the entire state of Georgia, with a special focus on South-Metro Atlanta areas including Jonesboro, College Park, Morrow, Forest Park, Riverdale, Lake City, Henry County, Stockbridge and McDonough, Georgia.
Since 1993 we have helped Atlanta Southside and 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.
We understand that dog bites can, and do, occur in day-to-day life and in almost any situation, including people walking their dogs, guests visiting a home, bites by leashed dogs, professional delivery drivers attacked while working for amazon or UPS or the postal service (and other companies), and many other ways. Your goal is to hold the dog owner responsible. But, how do you do this?
How do I Win or 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 knew the dog was ”vicious” or “dangerous.”
Win using Georgia’s favorable dog bite laws. See, Dog Bite Law in Georgia. You win your case 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. Some people might call this the First or Free Bite Rule – although strictly speaking, a prior bite is not actually required in Georgia to have a case. Generally speaking, if you were bitten while on the private property of the dog’s owner, you may need to prove the owner or keeper’s knowledge of prior aggression and the owner’s failure to keep the dog controlled, meaning safely confined away from other people. Failure to do this can be considered careless management or negligence.
However, knowledge that a dog is dangerous can also come from Georgia 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 no prior bite or attack needs to be proven. An owner whose dog is presumed to be vicious generally loses unless he or she can prove that the victim provoked the attack or some other unfortunate event caused the bite. You can learn even more about Georgia’s dog bite statute in our legal guides.
Please enjoy these dog bite Safety Tips about how to prevent bites before they happen. But if you have already been bitten — to help you prove your case — we have included some of the most important Local Ordinances, including Clayton and Henry County Georgia’s Codes and the animal control enforcement rules and laws for most Cities in south-metro Atlanta. Dog control and confinement laws can vary from County to County and City to City. We hope you find this a valuable Georgia legal resource.
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 pitbull 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?
Our Dog Bite Attorneys have usually been able to settle most dog attacks 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.
What Compensation Can Be Recovered in A Georgia Dog Bite Claim or Case?
Full Justice in a dog attack or mauling case means recovering maximum compensation for your injury. This means all of the expenses – all of the money you expended or were unable to earn from working – plus a financial award to compensate you for the mental and physical trauma of the vicious attack. Fair compensation after a dog bite also means dealing with insurance subrogation so that you keep more of your settlement. If health insurance insurance paid your medical bills, you may want to read about what happens to your settlement when health insurance has paid for your care.
In cases involving an injury caused by a dog, whether it is a bite, severe scratch, or being knocked down, the first source of recovery to look for is homeowners insurance, renter’s insurance, or a business liability insurance policy. You may be entitled to be compensated for (general damages): physical pain and suffering, ambulance and EMS care, treatment in the emergency room, rabies injections, stitches, reconstruction surgeries, primary care and plastic surgery, face and head injuries, counseling for emotional distress (PTSD), and significant payment for scars and disfigurement.
Because dog attacks tend to be very frightening and traumatic, your mental and physical pain and suffering deserve significant compensation.
Children and Dog Attacks: Yes, our Dog Bite Lawyers handle many of these cases.
We are often asked if we handle cases where children have been bitten or attacked. Yes, unfortunately a large percentage of the case we handle involve children bitten or mauled. Often these injuries are to the face and head. When this happens, it can be heartbreaking and especially traumatic because it can mean a life-long scar in a highly visible area. Children may also develop post-traumatic stress or a fear of dogs and other animals. Getting the right medical care and money to pay for all necessary procedures and future mental and physical treatment is especially important in these cases. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about handling a case for a child – even if you are not yet sure about hiring a lawyer.
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.