If you or anyone in your immediate family has fallen victim to an unprovoked attack by dogs or you have bitten, it is advisable that you contact a Lawrenceville dog bite lawyer at the Law Firm of John B. Jackson. Our award-winning injury attorneys in Georgia specialize in getting justice and compensation to people like you have suffered injuries because of animal attacks.
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Where Should I Report a Dog Bite Incident?
If you are bitten or attacked by a dog, the first thing that you should do is report the incident to the local police. If the bite is serious and you require medical assistance, call 911 immediately. Even if you do not think that the injury is serious, it is important that you go to hospital since even small dog bites can lead to medical complications such as tetanus infections and rabies. On reporting the incident to the police, they will file a report of the incident, track and capture the offending dog and then identify the owner. After being attacked by a dog, it is also advisable that you contact Animal Control. If you sustain any bite injuries, it is best that you contact a Lawrenceville dog bite attorney at the law office of John B. Jackson. Our attorneys will represent you and ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
What Will Happen When I Report a Dog Bite Incident?
The events that will follow your report of a dog attack to the authorities will depend on a lot of things. Some of the factors that will influence what happens next includes:
- Has the animal bitten other people in the past?
- Is the animal considered to be a dangerous breed?
According to Georgia law, the owner of a dog has to be aware of their pet’s habits such as their propensity to attack innocent people. In order to pursue a dog bite case, your lawyer will have to prove that the pet owner knew their dog was aggressive.
Under the law, ‘non-aggressive dogs’ are allowed to only bite one person without any action being taken on the pet and the owner. This is commonly known as the ‘one-bite rule’. Dog breeds that are known to be vicious are not offered the one-bite rule protection. Some of the dog breeds that are considered to be vicious include:
- Wolf Hybrids
- Pit Bulls
- Presa Canario
- Dog Argentine
According to www.dogsbite.org – a non-profit entity, two dog breeds namely; Rottweilers and Pit Bulls have been responsible for 74% of fatal dog attacks in the past ten years. This is not to say that other dog breeds cannot attack you.
Who Can I Sue After a Dog Attack?
If you are attacked by a dog, you can hold the animal owner responsible for your injuries, suffering, and pain. To understand the process of holding the animal owner accountable, you should consult a skilled dog bite attorney from the law firm of John B. Jackson. The goal of our attorneys is to ensure that you get justice and fair compensation for all your suffering. We will also be working to ensure that such an unfortunate incident does not happen to another person again.
How Much Compensation Will I Receive on Filing a Dog Bite Case?
A dog bite case falls under the purview of personal injury cases and as such, the compensation usually takes into account any pain and suffering that you suffer after an attack, any loss of income as you are recuperating from your injuries as well as treatment costs. Research has shown that young children and women are the most likely to suffer from psychological torment and physical scars after suffering a dog attack.
What Happens If I Am Bitten by a Dog While Working at Another Person’s Property?
If you are bitten or attacked by a dog in another person’s property, you can file a personal injury claim. It is important to understand that the property owner usually has a duty to control their pet and create a safe environment for visitors and people who may be working on the property. A property owner should either train their dog not to attack foreign people or be crated when there are people around. Even dogs that have been trained not to hurt strangers can be ‘over-friendly’ and end up hurting a person. If you are attacked in another person’s home, you may also have the right to file for a workers’ compensation claim in addition to a personal injury claim against the animal owner. It is basically the same case as getting into an accident in a car while working for somebody. If you have been attacked in another person’s property, our lawyers can help you in filing both claims.
Dog Bite Statistics in The United States
According to statistics from the CDC, there are approximately 4.5 million dog bite attacks in the United States annually. For every 5 people who are attacked by dogs, at least one person usually gets an infection. Remember that if a dog bite is not treated immediately, the risk of infection usually increases exponentially exposing the victim of the bite to life-threatening complications.
In the United States, there are more than 800,000 people who require medical attention because of dog bites annually. Half of the people who require treatment are children. It is, therefore, safe to say that young children are at most risk of getting attacked by dogs.
Studies have also shown that some dog breeds are more aggressive than other breeds and as such, they are more likely to attack strangers. Aggressive dog breeds usually have a high propensity of attacking strangers because they have been poorly trained. As mentioned earlier, research by a non-profit dog bite research group showed that in a span of 10 years, 74% of reported dog bites can be attributed to Pit Bulls and Rottweilers.
What Does Georgia Law Say In Regards To Dog Bites?
It is important to note that each state has its rules regarding when a dog bite case can be pursued by the victim. In the state of Georgia, courts usually follow the ‘one-bite rule’. This rule essentially says that a dog owner can be held accountable if their dog attacks a person if the owner knew that the animal was likely to bite a person.
If a dog bites a person in Georgia and the teeth puncture the skin of the victim without causing serious injuries, the dog owner is required by law to apply for a certificate stating that they own a dangerous dog. Once a dog has been registered, it is usually considered to be ‘dangerous’. If a dog that is classified as dangerous bites a person without being provoked, then the owner can be held liable for the injuries caused by the animal. The owner of a dangerous dog is also required to post signs showing that they own a vicious dog. At the same time, the animal owner has to build a secure enclosure for their pet. The law on dangerous dogs applies to dogs that also attack and kill other pets.
Once a dog that is classified as dangerous attacks another human, it is usually classified as ‘vicious’. When a dog is classified as vicious, the owner must get the animal microchipped. Further, they also have to obtain a liability insurance of at least $50,000 to cover for potential injury costs.
In Georgia, if a dog that does not have a history of attacking humans but which has not been properly restrained strays and attacks a person, then the owner can potentially be held accountable for any bite injuries from the animal.
Contact The Law Firm of John B. Jackson?
If you are the victim of a dog attack, it is imperative that you seek medical help immediately to forestall deadly health complications. After receiving medical treatment, you should consider consulting with a dog bite lawyer from our law offices immediately. A Lawrenceville personal injury lawyer will work closely with you and guide you on the process of filing a dog bite case so that you can receive compensation for your suffering, pain, and injuries.
At the law firm of John B. Jackson, we are best suited to handle your case because of our wealth of experience in handling cases similar to yours and our impressive success record in representing our clients. Do not suffer in silence! Give us a call today.