Savannah Dog Bite Lawyers
If a dog bit you or someone you love, you may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries and out-of-pocket expenses resulting from the attack. The Savannah dog bite attorneys at Chris Hudson Law Group have decades of combined experience helping those who’ve been hurt get justice and fair compensation. Call us today at 706-863-6600 to speak to a dedicated and knowledgeable attorney about your dog bite claim at absolutely no charge to you.
Dog Bites: How Often Do They Occur?
Dog bites occur all-too-frequently and are some of the most devastating types of injuries a person can experience. According to the Center for Disease Control, over 4 million Americans are bitten by dogs annually. While a significant amount of dog bites only result in minor injuries, some bites could be life-threatening or affect the victim for months or years to come.
According to the World Health Organization, of the 4 million dog bites that occur in the country each year, 885,000 people require immediate medical attention, about 30,000 need reconstructive surgery, 3% – 18% develop a serious infection, and 10 – 20 people are killed.
Unfortunately, those who are most at risk of being seriously injured or killed are children. This is because they are the most vulnerable around a dangerous dog and have very little ability to escape or defend themselves. Most dog bite injuries to children occur during common activities such as playing in the park or interacting with a dog they already know. Children are most often attacked in the neck or head region, resulting in much more serious injuries than those sustained by adults.
Steps to take following a dog bite
If you or a loved one are injured as the result of a dog bite, there are several steps to take that are vital to your own personal health and ability to take legal action later on.
- Seek medical attention: If the injury seems significant you should seek immediate medical care following a dog bite. This could save you from further injury as well as contracting a disease such as rabies, MRSA, and tetanus. If you are able, attempt to take photos of the injuries. This could be beneficial should you decide to file a lawsuit later on.
- Acquire the owner’s information: You should get all of the contact information possible from the dog’s owner while still at the scene of the incident. This information will be useful in determining their dog’s history of vaccinations should you need medical attention.
- Acquire witness details: If you are bitten by a dog you do not know, it likely happened in a public space. By getting contact information from anyone who witnessed the bite happen first-hand, you will be able to build a much stronger case should you choose to take legal action.
- File a report: Contacting animal control to file a report is one of the most important steps you can take following a dog bite. Their investigation and subsequent official documentation of the bite could greatly benefit your case or claim to the insurance company.
How to receive compensation if you’ve been bitten
Georgia is a negligence dog bite state, which means that under the state’s dog bite statute O.C.G.A 51-2-7, you must prove that:
- The owner had reasonable knowledge that their pet was considered “vicious” or “dangerous”
- The owner was being careless with the animal or let it go “at liberty”
- That you did nothing to provoke the attack
If you’ve been hurt, you have two years to file a lawsuit under Georgia’s statute of limitations. Cases filed after the statute of limitations will be thrown out, so be sure to take action immediately if you’ve been hurt.
According to Georgia pet ownership laws, a dangerous dog must be registered in the state every single year. In addition to that, signs must be posted around the yard or enclosure to warn the public of the dog’s dangerous status. If the dog injured another person in the past, the owner is required to maintain $50,000 or more in liability insurance in the event the dog were to attack once more.
Dogs that seriously injure or even kill someone more than one time could be euthanized, and their owners might be subjected to significant fines and potential jail time.
What types of compensation can I receive?
The damages one can receive following a dog attack are not unlike any other personal injury claims. They may be significant and include compensation for things such as:
- Medical and emergency services bills.
- Loss of wages due to time off of work.
- Loss of insurance if you were to lose your job.
- Property damage for items such as a cell phone, glasses, bicycle, etc…
In the tragic event that a dog bite results in the loss of life, you will likely be entitled to file wrongful death claim and receive restitution for end of life medical treatment, funeral costs, and loss of income.
What if I was bitten by a dog owned by a family member?
All-too-often, people are bitten by dogs owned by someone close to them. It could be a cherished pet of a friend, a neighbor, or even a family member. In these instances, victims are often torn between their loyalty to the pet’s owner and their need for compensation after a vicious attack.
Fortunately, most pet owners’ homeowners’ insurance policies provide coverage for just such an incident. The person’s homeowners’ insurance will often cover dog bites or other injuries caused by pets.
By filing an injury claim against the person’s policy that they’ve already paid for, you can usually avoid the awkwardness and stress of taking legal action against someone you know. This makes it much easier for dog bite victims to pay for the costly medical bills and recoup lost wages and other expenses without having to struggle to pay for it out of pocket due to guilt or stress.
Be sure to contact an experienced dog bite attorney to discuss all of your legal options if you, your child, or someone else close to you has been bitten by a dog owned by someone you know. We’ll be ready to explore all of your legal options, will review insurance policies to determine what coverage is available, and will work to get you the maximum compensation possible for your claim.
Contact an experienced Savannah dog bite attorney today
Unfortunately, when animals and humans share the same space, attacks are bound to occur. It is the responsibility of the pet’s owner to take reasonable steps to make sure that their pet does not harm someone else.
If you or someone you know has been injured or killed by a dangerous dog, you will want a skilled attorney on your side. The Savannah personal injury lawyers at Chris Hudson Law Group will be ready to put our experience and resources to work for you.
When man’s best friend becomes your worst nightmare, you need someone who will fight for your right to compensation under the law. Contact us at 706-863-6600 or by filling out the online contact form to schedule your 100% free and confidential consultation today.