Have you suffered injuries due to a bite or attack inflicted by someone else’s dog? You may have the right to hold the dog’s owner accountable for your harm and loss. A dog attack injury attorney from Kaufman Law can help you pursue the money and justice you deserve and guide you through each stage of the dog bite claims process.

Since 1977, we’ve advocated for the rights and interests of injury victims in Athens and throughout Georgia. Let us get to work to secure the financial recovery you need to put your life back together after a traumatic dog attack. Contact Kaufman Law today for a free consultation to discuss the available legal options for dog bite victims. Let us help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

Why Choose a Dog Bite Lawyer from Kaufman Law?

When somebody else’s dog has bitten or attacked you, you could be entitled to seek compensation for your medical bills or lost wages. Hiring experienced legal representation can change the outcome of your dog bite claim. For over four decades, injured dog bite victims in Athens, GA, have turned to the attorneys and staff at Kaufman Law for legal advice and advocacy because of:

  • Our experience: Our legal team has over a century of combined experience advocating for the rights and interests of our clients.
  • Our client service: We offer around-the-clock support to clients. Our bilingual staff provides free, confidential consultations and case management. Our attorneys can also travel to meet you at home or in the hospital if you cannot travel to our office.
  • Our proven record of success: We have obtained millions of dollars for our clients over the years. Our team works diligently to obtain maximum financial recovery for our clients, even if that means taking a case to trial. We take pride in helping our clients get the necessary resources to move forward with their lives.

Our firm charges no legal fee unless we recover compensation for you through a settlement or at trial.

Georgia Dog Bite Laws

The dog bite laws in Georgia govern injury claims through a modified “one bite rule.” Under this rule, a person bitten by a dog can hold a dog owner liable when the owner’s negligence leads to the attack. However, a dog owner may also be held strictly liable for a dog bite if the owner knew or should have known that their dog had vicious tendencies. Knowledge of a dog’s vicious tendencies may come from prior bites or attacks inflicted by the dog.

Georgia law also deems a dog “vicious” if local laws require the owner to keep the dog on a leash or at heel, the owner carelessly controlled the dog, and the dog attacked without provocation.

What Steps Should You Take After Suffering Personal Injury from a Dog Bite?

Taking prompt action can help preserve your rights to seek compensation from the dog’s owner when you’ve suffered injuries due to a dog bite or attack. Steps you can take after getting bitten by somebody else’s dog include:

  • Report the attack to the dog’s owner if you can locate them and get the owner’s contact information and the dog’s vaccination records.
  • Seek immediate medical attention to determine what injuries you sustained in the attack and begin any necessary treatment.
  • Follow your doctor’s recovery plan.
  • Obtain copies of medical records of your treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Keep all bills, invoices, receipts, and other records of expenses you incur during your recovery.
  • Gather copies of your pre-attack pay stubs or income statements to calculate lost earnings if you need to take time off work or transfer to a lower-paying modified duty position due to your injuries.

Finally, talk to a dog bite lawyer from Kaufman Law as soon as possible to discuss the next steps you can take to seek financial recovery for your injuries and losses.

Who Can You Hold Liable for Dog Bite Injuries?

In most cases, you will pursue compensation from a dog owner for the injuries their dog inflicted on you through a bite or attack. However, other parties whose negligence led to the attack may also bear legal responsibility for your injuries, such as a dog walker who negligently let the dog off-leash.

Some people may hesitate to bring a dog bite injury claim after getting hurt by a dog owned by someone they know, such as a family member or friend. However, when a dog owner has homeowners or renters insurance, their insurance provider may cover any liability the owner bears for a dog bite injury.

Compensation Available in Dog Bite Claims

Dog bite victim rights may include the opportunity to pursue compensation for financial and personal losses from injuries inflicted by someone’s dog. Examples of financial recovery you might obtain in your dog bite injury claim include:

  • Costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation, including emergency care, surgeries, hospitalization, medications, pain management, or physical or occupational therapy
  • Costs of long-term care for prolonged or permanent severe disabilities that result from your injuries
  • Ongoing and future losses of income due to missed work, reduced earnings in a modified duty role, or permanent disability from your job
  • Physical pain and emotional suffering
  • Reduced quality of life due to disabilities, disfigurement, or scarring

How Long Do You Have to File a Dog Bite Lawsuit?

Under the statute of limitations on dog bite claims in Georgia, you typically have two years to file a lawsuit against the dog’s owner. Talking to a dog bite lawyer from Kaufman Law soon after an attack can help you preserve your legal options, as your lawyer will file your claim before the limitations period expires. Otherwise, you may lose the opportunity to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses in court.

How Can a Dog Attack Injury Attorney Help with Your Case?

Recovering from a dog bite or attack may involve extensive medical and mental health treatment. However, you may find it challenging to manage your recovery while trying to pursue a legal claim against a liable dog owner. A personal injury lawyer from Kaufman Law can help you seek compensation to put your life back on track by handling the details of your legal case so you can focus on healing.

Let us fight to get you the financial recovery and justice you deserve by:

  • Recovering evidence to build a compelling case through a thorough investigation of the attack
  • Identifying liable parties and applicable insurance coverage to evaluate your legal options
  • Documenting your injuries and losses to ensure we pursue maximum compensation for you
  • Filing your claims and dealing with insurance adjusters and defense lawyers on your behalf
  • Aggressively pursuing the financial relief you need, whether through a fair and full settlement or by fighting your case in court if going to trial becomes necessary

Contact Kaufman Law Today to Discuss Legal Options for Dog Bite Victims

When you’ve suffered injuries inflicted by a bite or attack by someone else’s dog, get the legal help you need to demand financial recovery for your harm and loss. Contact Kaufman Law today for a free case evaluation for dog bite claims. We can discuss how our firm can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.

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