Dog Bite Lawyer in Atlanta

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Dog bites can be traumatic incidents, especially if severe personal injury or catastrophic injury was the result. There are approximately 800,000 dog bites that require medical attention each year, and more than half of all dog bite victims are children. If you or a loved one have been injured by a dog bite, don’t assume that you can settle everything easily on your own. Trust an experienced Atlanta dog bite injury attorney to help you navigate your premises liability claim.

Ross Moore Law can help you fight for compensation that will cover lost wages, medical expenses, and more. An injury attorney from our firm will thoroughly investigate your case and help you determine whether you are able to hold the dog owner liable for your injuries. Due to our thorough approach to each case, our firm has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements.

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GEORGIA DOG BITE LAWS

In Georgia, a law called the “one-bite” rule governs dog bite cases. A one bite rule essentially grants the owner a pass if the dog did not have a history of violence and the owner didn’t know the dog would have violent tendencies. If this is the case in your dog bite claim, our Atlanta injury firm can thoroughly investigate the dog’s history to find out if the dog had other evidences of a propensity toward violence.

Additionally, you may be held partially responsible for the attack if the dog was provoked or threatened. We can also investigate these claims to understand exactly what happened and whether the owner was following laws that govern whether dogs need to be secured.

WHAT CONSTITUTES STRICT LIABILITY IN DOG BITE CASES?

In cases of “strict liability,” an Atlanta dog owner can be found liable for their dog biting someone else in one of two situations:

  • Failing to keep their dog on a leash in an area where dogs are required to be restrained
  • The dog was known to be a viscous or dangerous animal

According to Atlanta’s Code of Ordinances, a “dangerous dog” is one that has:

  • Caused severe injury to an individual without being provoked
  • Or acted aggressively towards people after previously being classified as “dangerous”

In Atlanta, dog owners are responsible for restraining their animals with either a leash or chain or a wall or fence, even on the owner’s property.

Dog Bites while Delivering to or Working at Someone’s Home

Many dog bites occur when a visitor comes to a home to deliver mail or a package, or to do some work on the property. In such cases, it is the responsibility of property owners to create a safe environment for visitors and workers by controlling their dog. Some dogs, even those who are otherwise friendly around people they know, react aggressively when a stranger enters the property. But property owners are still responsible to either keep the dog caged or on a leash, or to train it to behave around strangers.

If you have been bitten by a dog while performing work for an employer, you may have a third-party liability claim against the dog owner in addition to any workers’ compensation benefits you may be eligible for. Speak with our experienced attorney to review your case and explore all of your legal options.

What to Do if You or Your Child is Bitten by a Dog in Atlanta

Proving negligence in a dog bite case can be difficult, and the steps you take immediately after the incident will be a major factor in determining whether or not you have a valid legal claim:

  1. Seek Immediate Medical Attention

The first priority is the health and well-being of the person who was bit by the dog. You or your child should immediately go into a hospital or clinic to get checked out. You should also try to obtain all of the information that is available about the dog’s vaccinations, and particularly when/if the dog has been vaccinated against rabies. The owner should be able to provide this information, or the name of the veterinarian who has it.

  1. Contact Animal Control

In addition to obtaining medical care, you should report the dog bite to the animal control department within your local municipality. By reporting the incident to animal control, you will help ensure that necessary measures are being taken to quarantine the dog if it poses a danger to the local community. The animal control report will also be an important piece of evidence in any subsequent legal claim that you choose to pursue. You may feel uneasy or uncomfortable about reporting the incident if it happened at a friend or neighbor’s house, but it is important to follow proper protocols, no matter how socially awkward the situation might be.

  1. Document the Incident

In addition to the report from animal control, you should also create your own report about what happened. Take multiple photos showing where the bite occurred and keep any bloodied clothing or other important pieces of evidence. In addition, write down in as much detail as possible the specifics of the incident while it is fresh in your mind. Finally, obtain statements and contact information from any individuals who may have witnessed the event.

  1. Speak Carefully about the Incident

Keep any conversations with the dog owner as brief and cordial as possible and avoid discussing the dog bite on social media or in any other electronic form. Anything you say about the incident can be used against you, so it is best not to discuss it at length with anyone other than your attorney.

CONTACT AN ATLANTA DOG BITE ATTORNEY FOR A FREE CASE EVALUATION!

Our firm will fight to obtain the compensation you need. You can count on our thorough approach to each detail of your case. Ross Moore Law is wholeheartedly committed to your success. In fact, if we don’t obtain compensation on your behalf, we will absorb the legal fees related to your case.

Ready to begin your journey to just compensation? Call (404) 905-3146 today.

We aren’t afraid to go to trial if necessary.
To learn more about your legal options, 
contact us for a free initial case evaluation!

Georgia Dog Bite Laws

In Georgia, a law called the “one-bite” rule governs dog bite cases. A one bite rule essentially grants the owner a pass if the dog did not have a history of violence and the owner didn’t know the dog would have violent tendencies. If this is the case in your dog bite claim, our Atlanta injury firm can thoroughly investigate the dog’s history to find out if the dog had other evidences of a propensity toward violence.

Additionally, you may be held partially responsible for the attack if the dog was provoked or threatened. We can also investigate these claims to understand exactly what happened and whether the owner was following laws that govern whether dogs need to be secured.

What Constitutes Strict Liability in Dog Bite Cases?

In cases of “strict liability,” an Atlanta dog owner can be found liable for their dog biting someone else in one of two situations:

  • Failing to keep their dog on a leash in an area where dogs are required to be restrained
  • The dog was known to be a viscous or dangerous animal

According to Atlanta’s Code of Ordinances, a “dangerous dog” is one that has:

  • Caused severe injury to an individual without being provoked
  • Or acted aggressively towards people after previously being classified as “dangerous”

In Atlanta, dog owners are responsible for restraining their animals with either a leash or chain or a wall or fence, even on the owner’s property.

Contact an Atlanta Dog Bite Attorney for a Free Case Evaluation!

Our firm will fight to obtain the compensation you need. You can count on our thorough approach to each detail of your case. Ross Moore II, P.C. is wholeheartedly committed to your success. In fact, if we don’t obtain compensation on your behalf, we will absorb the legal fees related to your case.

Ready to begin your journey to just compensation? Call (404) 491-8511 today.