Most of the dogs we encounter are friendly and harmless. Unfortunately, some dogs, for a variety of reasons, can pose a threat. When these dogs feel threatened or provoked, they may react violently, potentially causing serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment and result in significant financial and emotional stress.

When you’ve suffered injuries due to someone else’s dog biting or attacking you, get the legal help you need to demand financial recovery for your injuries. An animal bite lawyer can guide you through the claims process and advocate for your right to compensation from a liable dog owner or other parties at fault for your injuries.

Contact Kaufman Law today for a free initial case evaluation with an animal attack lawyer to discuss your options for pursuing liability for dog attacks. Since 1977, our firm has fought to protect the rights and interests of injury victims in Cartersville and throughout Georgia. Let us help you get your life back on track after a traumatic dog attack.

Why Choose an Animal Bite Lawyer from Kaufman Law?

After getting hurt in a dog attack, you deserve to seek compensation and accountability. Hiring legal representation can give you the best chance of securing maximum financial recovery from a liable dog owner. For over 45 years, injury victims have sought assistance from a personal injury lawyer at Kaufman Law because of our:

  • Experience – Our attorneys have more than a century of combined legal experience representing clients who have suffered injuries due to the fault of others.
  • Service – Our legal team offers around-the-clock access to support you during your recovery. We have bilingual staff for consultations and case management meetings. Our attorneys can even travel to your home or hospital bed if you cannot visit our office. We also charge no fee unless we recover compensation for you through a settlement or a verdict at trial.
  • Track Record of Success – Our firm has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients over the decade. We work tirelessly to secure successful results for our clients, even when that means going to trial. Our attorneys and staff leave no stone unturned in helping our clients get the financial resources they need to move forward with their lives.

Georgia Dog Bite Laws

Georgia’s dog bite laws follow a modified version of the “one-bite rule.” In Georgia, a dog bite victim can hold the dog’s owner liable for their injuries or losses when the owner knows or should have known about their dog’s viciousness. Knowledge of a dog’s viciousness can come from the fact that the dog previously bit or attacked other people or animals. The law deems a dog vicious if local laws require owners to keep their dogs on a leash or at heel, an owner negligently controls their dog, and the dog attacks a person without provocation. An owner may have liability for a dog bite or attack if they carelessly control their dog, such as by failing to maintain the dog’s enclosure and allowing the dog to roam free.

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

Taking prompt action after suffering a dog bite can protect your legal rights to seek financial recovery for your injuries and losses. Steps you should take after getting attacked by someone else’s dog include:

  • Notify the dog owner about the attack (if you can locate the owner) and get their contact information and the dog’s vaccine records.
  • Seek prompt medical attention to diagnose your injuries and begin treatment (including preventative treatment for potential infections).
  • Follow your doctor’s treatment plan and recovery instructions.
  • Obtain copies of the medical records of your treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Keep bills, receipts, or other records of your recovery expenses.
  • Gather copies of your pay stubs from before and after the attack to calculate any lost wages you incur due to missed work or reduced earnings.

Finally, talk to a premises liability lawyer from Kaufman Law as soon as possible after the attack to get help pursuing the financial resources you need for your physical and emotional recovery.

Who Can You Hold Liable for Dog Bite Injuries?

Georgia law typically holds dog owners liable for bite injuries from dangerous or vicious dogs. However, other parties whose negligence facilitates a dog’s attack may also bear responsibility for a bite victim’s injuries.

Some dog bite victims may prefer not to pursue compensation claims after getting bitten by a dog owned by someone they know, such as a family member, friend, or neighbor. They may worry that filing a legal claim might damage their relationship. However, a dog owner may obtain coverage for their liability in a dog bite claim from their homeowners or renters insurance, giving dog bite victims peace of mind in knowing that their compensation will come from insurance coverage.

Injuries and Health Complications Caused by Dog Bites

A dog bite can inflict various injuries or cause medical complications, such as:

  • Lacerations
  • Puncture wounds
  • Broken bones
  • Severed blood vessels
  • Nerve damage
  • Torn ligaments, tendons, or muscles
  • Viral or bacterial infection

Understanding Georgia Dog Bite Compensation

In a dog bite injury claim, you can pursue compensation for financial and personal losses from the injuries and medical complications you’ve suffered. Your financial recovery can include money for your:

  • Medical treatment and rehabilitation, including hospitalization, surgeries, medications, or physical and occupational therapy
  • Home care and replacement services if you suffer severe prolonged or permanent disabilities
  • Loss of wages or earning capacity when injuries or disabilities prevent you from returning to your job or doing other kinds of work
  • Physical pain and emotional trauma or distress
  • Reduced enjoyment or quality of life due to disabilities, disfigurement, or scarring

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

Under Georgia’s statute of limitations on injury claims, you typically have two years to file a lawsuit against the owner of the dog that bit or attacked you. However, you can protect your legal rights to seek compensation by contacting a dog attack lawyer serving Cartersville, Georgia, from Kaufman Law as soon as possible to ensure you file your claims within the limitations period. Otherwise, you may lose the opportunity to pursue financial recovery if you file an untimely lawsuit.

How Can an Animal Attack Lawyer Help with Your Case?

The legal team at Kaufman Law can help you recover from dog bite and attack injuries by handling all the details of your legal case so you can focus your time and energy on your medical treatment. Our attorneys and staff will fight to secure the financial recovery you deserve for your injuries by:

  • Recovering evidence of the attack to build a compelling case for your right to compensation
  • Documenting your injuries and losses to calculate what a fair financial recovery looks like in your case
  • Identifying liable parties and options for compensation, such as insurance coverage
  • Dealing with insurance adjusters and defense attorneys on your behalf
  • Pursuing maximum compensation through a settlement, or if necessary, by taking your case to trial to demand a favorable result for you

Contact Kaufman Law Today to Discuss Your Legal Options

After suffering injuries from a dog bite or attack, you may have the right to recover compensation for your ongoing and future losses. Contact Kaufman Law today for a free, no-obligation consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Cartersville, Georgia, to discuss how we can help you obtain financial relief for your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.

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