Helping You Recover From A Dog Bite Injury
Dogs enrich many people’s lives, but when they misbehave, the consequences can be severe. Any dog is capable of causing injury. Children, in particular, can sustain serious injuries that may cause permanent disfigurement and require surgery.
The attorneys of Neville & Cunat, LLP, in Cumming, draw on over 45 years of combined experience when they approach any personal injury case. We understand the trauma and stress that come with an animal attack and will work closely with you for your recovery.
How Dog Bite Claims Are Approached In Georgia
Dog bite laws in Georgia are based on the idea of owner negligence. To recover damages for a dog bite, you are required to prove that:
- The animal was “vicious or dangerous”
- The owner carelessly managed the animal, leading to the injury
- The animal was not provoked by something you did
The dog’s owner must be generally aware of the dog’s tendency to bite in order to be liable for someone else’s injuries. However, if at the time of the injury the owner was violating a city or county ordinance requiring dogs to be leashed, that is enough to meet the dangerous propensity requirement. Cobb County, for instance, prohibits animal owners from allowing their pets to be out of their “immediate control and restraint.”
This statute provides for recovery in cases of any type of injury caused by a dog. For example: if a dog gets loose and knocks you down, causing you to break your wrist, you would have a chance to recover damages. It also applies to other animal attacks. Under some circumstances, Georgia law even holds dog owners liable even if the attack takes place within their home or yard.
Holding Irresponsible Dog Owners Accountable
If you or a loved one has sustained a dog bite injury, it is important to seek advice from a lawyer as soon as possible. We offer free initial consultations to discuss your options. Call 678-807-6511 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.