Dog bites can result in significant injuries, including severe lacerations, fractures, and infection, as well as emotional trauma. The recovery process can be lengthy. If you recently suffered injuries in a dog attack, you have the right to pursue financial recovery from the dog’s owner.

However, holding a dog owner liable for your injuries and losses may involve a complex legal dispute. A dog bite attorney from Kaufman Law can help you through the claims process and secure the resources you need to restore your life after a traumatic dog attack. Since 1977, our firm has fought to protect the rights and interests of injured victims near Roswell, Georgia. Let us advocate for the justice you deserve.

When someone else’s dog has bitten you, get the legal help you need to pursue injury compensation from the dog’s owner. Contact Kaufman Law today for a free initial case evaluation with a dog bite attorney to review your legal options for seeking financial recovery and justice for the harm you’ve suffered.

Why Choose a Dog Bite Lawyer from Kaufman Law?

After a dog bite or attack, you may seek legal representation to obtain compensation for medical expenses or lost wages. Your choice of an attorney can influence the outcome of your dog bite claim. For over 45 years, injured residents of Roswell, Georgia, and nearby communities have turned to Kaufman Law for legal guidance and support because of:

  • Our Experience – Our attorneys have over a century of combined legal experience and advocate for the rights and interests of injured victims across Georgia.
  • Our Dedicated Support – Our team remains available around the clock to provide clients with the support they need during their injury recovery. We have bilingual staff and offer free, confidential consultations. Our attorneys can even meet with you at home or in the hospital if you’re unable to visit our office.
  • Our Successful Track Record – Our firm has recovered millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of our clients. We work diligently to secure the maximum amount they need to move forward with their lives. Our attorneys leave no stone unturned in pursuing the best results, even if that means taking a case to trial.
  • Our Fee Arrangement – Kaufman Law handles personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. You pay nothing unless we recover compensation for you, so there’s no financial risk in seeking the legal representation you need.

Dog Bite Laws in Roswell, Georgia

Georgia laws governing dog bite claims use a modified version of the “one-bite rule.” Under the one-bite rule, an injured dog bite victim can hold a dog owner liable for their injuries if they can show that the owner knew or should have known that their dog had aggressive or vicious tendencies. Proof of the owner’s knowledge of their dog’s vicious or aggressive behavior may take the form of knowledge of prior attacks or bites inflicted by the dog. An injured dog bite victim must also show that the bite or attack occurred due to the owner’s failure to maintain the dog’s enclosure or allowing the dog to roam free.

What Should You Do After Suffering a Dog Bite Injury?

After a dog bite or attack, you can take steps to help you pursue legal claims to recover compensation for your injuries and losses, including:

  • Inform the dog’s owner of your injury, and get their contact information and insurance details.
  • Seek immediate medical attention to diagnose your injuries and begin treatment, including preventative treatments if you do not know the dog’s vaccine history.
  • Follow your doctor’s treatment plan and get copies of your treatment and rehabilitation records.
  • Keep all bills, invoices, or receipts for expenses you incur during your recovery. Gather your pay stubs if your injuries require you to miss work so you can demonstrate your loss of income.

Additionally, you should promptly contact a dog bite lawyer from Kaufman Law to start pursuing financial recovery from the dog’s owner.

Who Is Liable in Dog Bite Injury Claims?

In most cases, a dog owner will bear responsibility for injuries their dog inflicts on someone else after biting or attacking them. Other parties may also bear liability if their actions lead to a dog bite or attack, such as a dog walker allowing a dog to run free and attack someone.

Pursuing dog bite injury claims can seem challenging if you’ve suffered injuries inflicted by a dog owned by someone you know or love. You might worry about jeopardizing your relationship by pursuing a legal claim. Fortunately, homeowners and renters insurance policies typically provide coverage for liability for a dog bite injury. Therefore, your financial recovery may come from the insurance company rather than your family member’s or friend’s pocket.

What Injury Compensation Is Available in Georgia Dog Bite Claims?

Through a dog bite claim, you may be able to recover compensation for losses you incur due to your injuries, including:

  • Medical treatment costs and rehabilitation expenses
  • Costs of long-term disability care or replacement services like housekeeping or childcare
  • Loss of income from missed work
  • Ongoing or future reduction in earning capacity if you cannot return to your job or perform other kinds of work
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress or trauma
  • Reduced quality of life due to permanent disabilities or scarring or disfigurement

What’s the Deadline to File a Dog Bite Lawsuit?

In Georgia, you typically have two years following a dog bite injury to file a lawsuit against the animal’s owner. However, don’t wait to talk to a personal injury attorney after a dog attack. If you file a lawsuit after the limitations period expires on your claim, the court can dismiss your case, and you may miss out on the opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact Kaufman Law as soon as possible to ensure your claims get filed on time.

How a Dog Bite Attorney Can Help with Your Case

When you’ve sustained injuries from a dog attack, you may have a long road of medical treatment and rehabilitation ahead of you. You deserve to focus your time and energy on healing. A dog bite lawyer from Kaufman Law can help you recover from dog bite injuries by handling the details of preparing and pursuing your compensation claims. Let our firm seek the financial resources you need for your recovery by:

  • Recovering evidence from the attack, such as surveillance footage, police reports, or eyewitness accounts
  • Identifying all liable parties and evaluating your options for seeking financial recovery
  • Documenting your injuries and losses to determine what compensation we need to pursue for you
  • Filing your insurance and legal claims and dealing with adjusters and defense lawyers to take the stress of the claims process off your shoulders
  • Fighting for the compensation you need through negotiations or at trial

Contact Kaufman Law Today to Discuss Your Legal Options

After suffering severe injuries or health complications due to a dog bite or attack, you may have the right to pursue financial compensation for the losses you’ve suffered. Reach out to Kaufman Law today for a free consultation with an experienced dog bite lawyer to discuss how we can help you pursue financial recovery after a dog bite injury.

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