Have you sustained injuries from a dog bite or attack in Rockdale County? You may have a claim to recover compensation from the dog’s owner or other liable parties. Contact Kaufman Law for a free case review today. We can discuss how a personal injury lawyer can pursue money for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering on your behalf. Let our firm lead you through the complex legal issues in a dog bite claim and advocate for your right to the compensation and justice you deserve.

Why Choose a Dog Bite Lawyer from Kaufman Law?

Pursuing an animal attack case can involve complex legal disputes. Hiring experienced legal counsel can give you the best chance to recover total compensation for your harm and loss. For more than four decades, injury victims in Rockland County have turned to the legal team at Kaufman Law for dedicated advocacy and support because of:

  • Our legal experience: Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience fighting for the rights and interests of clients in Conyers and throughout Georgia.
  • Our client services: Our firm offers around-the-clock access and support to guide you through your recovery process. We have bilingual staff who can work with you during initial consultations and case management meetings. Our attorneys can also visit your home or the hospital if you cannot travel to our office. Our firm charges no fee for legal representation unless we recover compensation in your case.
  • Our history of success: We have recovered millions in awards and settlements for our clients over the years. We work tirelessly to maximize our client’s financial recovery so they have the resources they need to move forward with their lives. Our attorneys won’t hesitate to take a case to trial if necessary to demand justice for our clients.

Georgia’s Dog Bite Law

Georgia’s dog bite law follows a modified version of the “one-bite rule.” Under this rule, a dog owner may bear liability for another person’s injuries if the dog bit or attacked them because of the owner’s carelessness. However, a dog owner may also bear liability for a dog bite injury if the owner knew or should have known about their dog’s viciousness. State law considers a dog “vicious” if local laws mandate that dog owners keep their dogs on a leash or at heel, an owner violates local leash laws, and their dog attacks someone unprovoked.

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

Prompt action following a dog bite or attack can preserve your legal options for seeking financial recovery of your injury expenses or losses. Steps you should take after getting hurt in a dog attack include:

  • Notify the dog’s owner of the attack and get their contact information and their dog’s vaccination history.
  • Seek quick medical attention to document your injuries and begin treatment.
  • Follow your physician’s treatment recommendations or recovery instructions.
  • Obtain copies of the medical records of your treatment or rehabilitation for the dog bite.
  • Keep any bills, invoices, or receipts to record your recovery expenses.
  • Gather your pay stubs or income statements to calculate lost wages from missed work or reduced earnings in a modified duty position.

Finally, contact a dog bite lawyer from Kaufman Law as soon as possible to begin pursuing the financial resources you need to heal and move forward after a devastating dog attack.

Who Can You Hold Liable for a Dog Bite Injury?

Georgia law typically holds a dog owner liable for dog bite injuries inflicted by a vicious dog or a dog that roams free due to the owner’s negligent handling. Other parties whose carelessness leads to a dog attack may also bear liability for a person’s dog bite injuries. Dog owners with homeowners’ or renters’ insurance policies may have the option to turn to their insurers for coverage for dog bite victims. The availability of insurance coverage for a dog bite injury should give injured bite victims peace of mind when pursuing compensation claims after getting bitten by a dog they know, such as a family member’s, friend’s, or neighbor’s dog.

Injuries and Health Complications Caused by Dog Bites

Dogs can inflict various injuries and health issues when they bite or attack someone. Examples of injuries that can occur in dog attacks include:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Lacerations
  • Degloving injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Torn ligaments, tendons, or muscles
  • Broken bones
  • Facial injuries and scarring
  • Traumatic amputation of fingers or toes
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Viral or bacterial infection

Potential Dog Bite Compensation in Your Case

After suffering injuries from a dog attack, you may have a claim to recover compensation for the financial and personal losses you sustain due to your injuries. Dog bite compensation can provide you with money for:

  • Costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation, including emergency room care, surgeries, hospitalization, medications, pain management, and physical/occupational therapy
  • Long-term disability care expenses
  • Loss of wages/income after taking time off work or transferring to a lower-paying modified duty position during your recovery
  • Loss of future earning potential if you become disabled from your job and other forms of work
  • Physical pain and anguish
  • Emotional trauma/distress
  • Reduced enjoyment/quality of life due to disability or disfigurement/scarring

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

Georgia’s statute of limitations for injury claims typically requires you to file a lawsuit against a liable dog owner or another liable party within two years of a dog attack. Taking to a premises liability attorney from Kaufman Law as soon as possible after an attack can help you protect your legal rights by filing your claims on time. Otherwise, you could lose the opportunity to recover compensation for your injuries and losses if you filed your lawsuit after the limitations period for your claim expired.

How Can Our Firm Help with Your Case?

Recovering from severe injuries inflicted by somebody else’s dog can take up much of your time and energy. You may find it challenging to balance your medical recovery with pursuing your legal claims against the owner of the dog that bit you. Obtaining legal representation from a dog bite attorney serving Conyers, Georgia, from Kaufman Law can free you to focus on healing as our firm handles the details of preparing and pursuing your case. Our firm fights for clients’ rights to compensation and justice after animal bites by:

  • Thoroughly investigating the attack to secure evidence for the claim, such as photos from the scene of the attack, police reports, surveillance footage, or eyewitness statements
  • Documenting our client’s injuries and calculating their ongoing and future losses
  • Identifying potentially liable parties and evaluating options for obtaining financial compensation
  • Filing insurance or legal claims on our client’s behalf and handling communications with insurance adjusters, defense lawyers, and other parties to take the stress of the claims process off our client’s shoulders
  • Vigorously pursuing full financial recovery in a dog bite settlement or taking our client’s case to court and trial when litigation becomes necessary to demand accountability for their injuries and losses

Contact Kaufman Law Today for a Free Case Review

When you’ve suffered severe injuries due to a dog bite or attack, get the legal help you need to demand financial recovery and justice from the dog’s owner or other liable parties. Contact Kaufman Law today for a free, no-obligation consultation with a dog bite lawyer to discuss your legal options after a dog attack in Conyers.

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