Dog Bite Injury Legal Help:
- Is the dog owner responsible for my medical bills?
- How much is my case worth? (We handle a LOT of dog bite cases.)
- Can I sue the dog owner or the home-owner’s insurance?
- What if the owner denies he or she has insurance? (Don’t take their word for it!)
- What if the dog was leashed or escaped from its owner? Do I have a case?
- Has the dog bitten anyone before? (We will investigate for you.)
Millar & Mixon, LLC will answer your questions and investigate your case:
Our firm will assign one of our Atlanta dog bite attorneys to properly evaluate your case.
Bruce Millar discusses 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 Millar & Mixon, LLC 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. A dog attack can leave physical and emotional scars. The following statistics illuminate the scope of the problem:
- 20 percent of dog bite victims require medical attention.
- More than 800,000 Americans receive medical treatment for dog bite each year, according to 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. Millar & Mixon, LLC’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 investigation will help you to find out if the dog:
- Was vicious or aggressive – A past history of bites, aggressive behavior, attacks on other animals or past threats against you or others can all be proof that the dog presented an unreasonable risk.
- Owner knew or should have known the dog was 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 to prove that an owner should have known that the dog was dangerous.
At Millar & Mixon, LLC, our attorneys investigate to find evidence that the dog was a menace. Our attorneys and investigators speak with neighbors, arrange expert testimony and gather records 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
- Wrongful death damages in fatal attacks
- 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
At Millar & Mixon, LLC, we take care of your legal rights so you can take care of your other needs.
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.
Do I Really Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Dog Bite FAQs
How can I afford to hire an attorney from Millar & Mixon for my dog bite case?
Our representation of you on a contingency-fee basis is a win-win for you. You do not pay legal fees unless we win the case and collect money for you. If we don’t win the case, you have had a full investigation and airing of your claim without cost to you.Read More
Can a dog owner be punished for letting a pit bull wander in the yard unleashed around children?
Punitive damages are specifically designed to punish the defendant financially and are appropriate in situations where the dog’s owner was not merely negligent but where there was “willful misconduct, wantonness and entire want of care.”Read More
What damages can I recover after being bitten by an aggressive dog?
The three types of damages that can potentially be recovered in dog bite cases in Georgia are referred to as special, general and punitive damages.Read More
The Dog Owner’s Responsibilities
Millar & Mixon, LLC injury attorneys file claims on behalf of those who have received or need extensive medical treatment after being attacked by a dog.
Why Dogs Bite
There are often specific reasons why dogs bite, and in many cases the reason comes down to improper training or to the dog’s misperception of a threat.
Preventing Dog Bite Injuries
Georgia law provides dog bite victims with the right to recover compensation under certain circumstances. That is particularly true when an owner is aware of a dog’s vicious nature but fails to properly control the dog.
Dog Bite Statistics
Children under age 12 and older adults are particularly at risk, both of being bitten and of suffering more from dog bite injuries.
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I was very pleased with the job that Millar & Mixon did on my case. Joe Baker was always professional and always took the time to answer all of my questions. I would definitely recommend them to others in my situation."Larry Nelson