Atlanta Dog Bite Injury Attorneys
Fighting for Your Full & Fair Compensation
Did you know that, every year, several million Americans get bitten by dogs? While not every attack is a deadly one, hundreds of thousands of dog bites are serious enough to result in trips to the ER. In some cases, both the physical wounds and the accompanying emotional and mental trauma are permanent, causing great damage to victims and their families.
If you have been bitten by a dog in the state of Georgia, you can likely obtain compensation for your physical injury and the following trauma you suffered—but you will need the reliable support of our team at Holston & Huntley. We are sensitive to your needs, which is why we are ready to fight aggressively to hold the dog owner accountable for their negligence.
What Is the First-Bite Rule?
In the state of Georgia, the first-bite rule helps determine who is liable when someone is bitten by a dog. If the dog owner knew (or should have known) that the dog had the potential to bite, then the owner must be held responsible. Even if the dog had never actually bitten someone before, so long as there was any propensity of the dog nipping, chasing, lunging, or acting in any way that threatened a human, then the owner is still responsible.
The dog bite statute is another ground of liability. If an owner or caretaker was negligent in liberating an animal that was known to be vicious or dangerous or simply had the propensity for being vicious or dangerous, this person is also liable for damages. This statute applies to both dog owners and anyone who is caring for a dog within a house.
What to Do When You Have Been Bitten
If you have been bitten by a dog, seek medical attention immediately. If at all possible, have a friend or family member help you take pictures documenting everything that has occurred, including photos of your injury, your environment, and other factors like a leash (or lack thereof). Anything that could help document your case could be important.
Make sure to AVOID the following actions, which could cost you in the long run:
- Organizing a meeting without our highly experienced attorneys
- Discussing settlements or other financial considerations with insurance companies
- Speaking with the dog owner’s insurance company (other than to get their name and phone number, claim number, dog owner information, and address of the insurance company)
Many of our clients experience traumatic events just before they come to our office. As such, we work every day to ensure our firm is warm and welcoming. Many attorneys focus solely on the legal aspects of a case, but we offer genuine support in addition to skilled counsel and representation. We know what you have just experienced, and we are ready to go above and beyond with our level of care.
Are you looking for advice as to what you should do in the event of an accident? Contact us today to receive a free guide and checklist from Holston & Huntley LLC to always be prepared.
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