Dog bites can lead to severe injuries that require extensive medical treatment, such as stitches, the setting of broken bones, treatment for infection, and mental health care. If someone else’s dog bit you, you deserve compensation for the expenses associated with your injuries.

However, pursuing financial recovery for a bite injury can involve complex legal issues. You need experienced legal representation to help you secure financial relief and justice for your injuries. After suffering injuries from a dog bite or attack, contact Kaufman Law for a free initial case review with a personal injury lawyer to learn how we can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost income, physical pain, and emotional trauma.

Why Choose a Dog Bite Lawyer from Kaufman Law?

Hiring the right legal counsel for your dog bite claim can make a difference in the course and outcome of your case. But how do you choose a law firm experience that can make the claims process more straightforward and less stressful for you? At Kaufman Law, our legal representation stands out for several reasons. Since 1977, injured residents of Metro Atlanta have trusted our legal team for guidance and support through the claims process because:

  • Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined legal experience representing the rights and interests of Georgia clients in personal injury claims.
  • We offer around-the-clock access to our attorneys and staff to support you during your recovery. Our firm has bilingual staff to work with you during initial consultation and case management conferences. Our attorneys can also meet you at home or in the hospital if you cannot travel to our offices. We also charge no fee unless we win compensation in your case.
  • Our firm has recovered millions of dollars for clients over the decades through diligent work focused on maximizing our clients’ financial recovery. We won’t hesitate to take a case to trial if necessary to get our clients the resources they need to put their lives back on track after suffering devastating injuries.

College Park Dog Bite Laws

Georgia follows a modified “one-bite rule” for dog bite claims. Under the one-bite rule, a dog owner may bear liability for a bite victim’s injuries if their negligent handling led to their dog biting or attacking the other person. A dog owner may also bear liability for bite injuries if they knew or should have known about their dog’s vicious tendencies. Georgia law deems a dog vicious when local laws require the owner to keep their dog on a leash or at heel, the owner failed to restrain their dog, and their dog attacked someone unprovoked.

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

After getting bitten by somebody else’s dog, taking prompt action to protect your legal rights can help you seek financial compensation for your injuries. Steps you should take after a dog attack in College Park include:

  • Locate and notify the dog’s owner of the attack and get their contact information and the dog’s vaccination history.
  • Seek prompt medical attention for your injuries. Follow your doctor’s treatment plan or recovery instructions.
  • Obtain copies of medical records of your treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Keep all bills, invoices, or receipts for your recovery expenses.
  • Gather your income statements to calculate lost earnings from missed work or after a transfer to a modified-duty position.

Finally, contact a dog bite attorney at Kaufman Law as soon as possible to discuss the next steps we can take to pursue the financial recovery you need and deserve.

Who Can You Hold Liable for a Dog Bite Injury?

Under Georgia’s dog bite laws, a dog owner will bear liability for dog bite injuries inflicted by a vicious dog or due to the owner’s negligent handling. However, other parties whose negligence leads to a dog attacking an unsuspecting person may also bear responsibility for that person’s injuries and losses.

You may worry about pursuing a dog bite injury claim if a family member’s, friend’s, or neighbor’s dog bit you, concerned that asserting a legal claim against someone you know might jeopardize your relationship. However, a liable dog owner may turn to their homeowners or renters insurance policy for coverage. As a result, dog bite victims can rest assured that an insurance company, rather than their family member or friend, will pay the financial compensation they need for medical care and lost income.

Injuries and Health Complications Caused by Dog Bites

A dog bite or attack can cause various injuries or medical issues depending on the circumstances of the attack, such as whether a person gets knocked to the ground. Common examples of injuries and complications from dog bites and attacks include:

  • Lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Ligament, tendon, and muscle tears
  • Nerve damage
  • Severed blood vessels
  • Facial injuries and scarring
  • Puncture wounds
  • Viral or bacterial infection
  • Post-traumatic stress

Pursuing Maximum Compensation in Dog Bite Claims

A compensation claim for a dog bite injury can provide financial relief for losses you incur due to injuries inflicted by somebody else’s dog. A personal injury lawyer from Kaufman Law will fight to secure compensation that includes money for your:

  • Medical treatment and rehabilitation expenses
  • Costs of long-term care and support for prolonged or permanent disabilities
  • Lost income
  • Lost future earning capacity and employment benefits
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost enjoyment and quality of life due to disfigurement, scarring, or disabilities caused by dog bite injuries

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 after a dog bite to file a lawsuit against the dog’s owner or other liable parties. You can best protect your legal rights to compensation by talking to a dog bite attorney from Kaufman Law as soon as possible after an attack to ensure your claims get filed within the limitations period. Otherwise, you may lose the opportunity to recover compensation if you file a lawsuit after the limitations period expires on your dog bite injury claim.

How Can a Dog Bite Attorney Help with Your Case?

When you need extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation for injuries caused by a dog bite or attack, obtaining legal representation can free you to focus your time and energy on your recovery. Your lawyer can handle the details of preparing and pursuing your injury cases while you heal. A premises liability lawyer from Kaufman Law can help you pursue your compensation claim by:

  • Investigating the attack to obtain evidence needed to build your case
  • Identifying liable parties and options for recovering compensation, such as a homeowners or renters insurance policy that provides coverage for a dog owner’s liability
  • Documenting your injuries and losses to ensure we pursue full financial recovery
  • Filing your claims and handling negotiations with insurance adjusters and defense attorneys
  • Vigorously pursuing a fair and full settlement of your claims or taking your case to court and trial, if necessary, to demand justice for your injuries and losses

Contact Kaufman Law Today to Discuss Your Legal Options

When you’ve suffered injuries or medical complications due to a dog bite, you deserve to hold the dog’s owner accountable. Contact Kaufman Law today for a free, no-obligation consultation with a dog bite lawyer to discuss your legal options for obtaining maximum compensation.

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