The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that dogs bite more than 4.7 million Americans each year. Nearly 400,000 of these victims require emergency medical treatment. Sixteen die. Pitt Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Huskies and Doberman Pinschers are considered the most dangerous dogs. Children and seniors are the most frequent victims.
If you are a dog bite victim, it’s important to contact an Atlanta dog bite attorney right away to learn about your legal rights and options. There are several ways in which you can hold the dog’s owner legally accountable and recover money to pay for your physical and emotional injuries and your other losses.
The Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates are here to help you. We have years of experience in helping animal attack victims throughout Atlanta and across Georgia, including those in Decatur, Lithonia, College Park, East Point, Stone Mountain, Norcross, Conyers, Riverdale, Duluth, Fayetteville and Loganville.
For a free consultation, call us today or fill out our online form. We’ll work hard to get the legal relief you deserve.
Our Atlanta Attorneys Know Georgia’s “One-Bite Rule” Dog Bite Law
The Atlanta dog bite attorneys of Monge & Associates are well-versed in Georgia dog bite laws. We know what the law requires to recover compensation in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit that arises from a dog attack. And we know how to collect that evidence and present it in a way that will maximize your recovery in an out-of-court settlement or jury verdict.
For instance, under Georgia’s “Dangerous Dog Law,” you may be entitled to relief through what is sometimes called the “One-Bite Rule.” This requires showing:
- The dog was dangerous or vicious;
- The dog’s owner knew of this trait; and
- The owner carelessly managed the dog or allowed it to go at liberty.
This is called the “One-Bite Rule” because you have to establish that the owner knew or should have known the dog could attack and injure others.
A 2012 law called the “Responsible Dog Owner Law” can apply in your case as well. The law defines a “dangerous dog” as one that causes a substantial puncture of a person’s skin by its teeth, aggressively attacks or, while off the owner’s property, kills a pet animal. A “vicious dog” is defined as one that inflicts serious injury on a person in an attack or while the person is trying to escape.
You can show that the owner should have known of the dog’s dangerous or vicious traits by showing, for instance, that the dog bit or attacked another or even that it bared its fangs and growled or barked maliciously at someone.
If the owner failed to keep the dog properly enclosed or restrained, such as allowing it to wander through a neighborhood, you may be entitled to damages.
Our Atlanta Lawyers Can Use Local Leash Laws to Recover for You
Another way Georgia’s “Dangerous Dog Law” allows dog bite victims to recover money for their injuries and losses is by showing violations of local leash laws. This requires proving:
- A local city or county ordinance required the dog to be muzzled, enclosed , leashed or otherwise restrained; and
- The dog owner violated this law by allowing the dog to go at liberty or by otherwise carelessly managing the animal.
To recover money for you, we can examine the facts of your case and determine whether the dog that attacked you should have been restrained under a leash law on the books in Fulton, Cobb, Douglas, Clayton or any other county surrounding Atlanta.
Our Attorneys Stand Up for Atlanta Dog Bite Victims
A dog bite can result in serious injury or death, including broken or dislocated bones, cuts requiring multiple sutures, disfigurement and infections. You may be required to visit an emergency room, undergo surgery (including plastic surgery) and endure a long and painful physical rehabilitation period. This may lead to lost wages and harm to your quality of life.
That’s why it’s crucial to have an attorney to stand up for your rights and protect your interests after you have been seriously injured in a dog attack.
At The Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates, our lawyers will thoroughly investigate the facts of your case. We’ll also look into every source of compensation available to you. For instance, a dog owner’s home insurance policy may pay for your injuries and losses. If the dog has been classified as dangerous or vicious, the owner will have been required by law to carry $50,000 in liability insurance or a bond.
The dog owner’s insurance company may contend that you provoked the attack. We can counter these tactics and make sure you get the full amount of damages you deserve.
Contact Our Atlanta Dog Bite Lawyers Today
If you have suffered a serious personal injury or the death of a loved one because of an attack by a dog, contact the Atlanta dog bite lawyers of The Accident & Disability Attorneys of Monge & Associates today. We can evaluate your legal options. We aggressively protect the rights of the injured. Our attorneys have 30 years of experience in successfully pursuing personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits for our clients.
If you live in Atlanta, Decatur, Lithonia, College Park, East Point, Stone Mountain, Norcross, Conyers, Riverdale, Duluth, Fayetteville, Loganville or anywhere in Georgia, call us today or use our online form. You can schedule a free consultation.
Remember, if we don’t win, you don’t pay.