Dog Bites

HURT IN A DOG BITE INCIDENT?

OUR KNOWLEDGEABLE DALTON PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS CAN HELP

Pets are an essential part of nearly every community, but beyond the companionship and joy they bring their owners and neighborhoods, there is a risk bites and attacks– especially with dogs. These attacks are unfortunate, often occur to children, and always call for legal consideration. In Georgia, laws protect victims in these accidents and help ensure that they receive the relief they deserve.

If you or a loved one has been injured by another’s pet, it may be time to explore your legal options. At McMahan Law Firm, LLC, we understand that many dog bite victims are unsure with how to proceed following their injury. Our dedicated Dalton personal injury attorneys have time and time again helped these victims take the necessary steps to recover the compensation they need to cover their medical bills following their accident.

You don’t have to face the aftermath of your dog bite without a proven legal advocate by your side. Contact our firm today.

UNDERSTANDING GEORGIA DOG BITE LAW

OCGA § 51-2-7 is Georgia’s dog bite statute. Simply put, it makes a dog’s owner (or handler/keeper) liable for any damages following a bite. However, there are two different ways that this liability can be demonstrated.

You can hold a dog owner/handler liable for bite two ways:

  • Ordinance grounds. This means that the plaintiff must prove that the animal was not at heel or leash in accordance with local ordinance and that the defendant did not properly manage the dog.
  • Scienter grounds. This means that the plaintiff must prove that the animal was dangerous, the owner knew that the animal was dangerous, and still did not properly manage the dog.

If the bite occurs on the owner’s property, it is also likely that their homeowner’s insurance will cover a dog bite—but recovering the appropriate money from the insurance provider can also be a struggle. No matter what the circumstances of your dog bite injury were, our skilled team can help you proceed and ensure that every viable avenue towards securing the relief you deserve is aggressively pursued.

Start today with a free case evaluation. Our team of injury advocates is standing by.

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