Who could not like a dog? That being said, there is also a downside to dog ownership. Their territorial and protective nature sometimes gives rise to serious bite injuries. In the US there are over one-and-one-half million such bite injuries treated in hospitals per year. In the State of Georgia, dog owners must pay damages to victims if they knew or should have known that the dog had a tendency to cause injuries in an unprovoked fashion. Included in such serious injuries are outright death, broken bones and flesh wounds that require stitches or cosmetic surgery to repair. From a legal standpoint, dog bites constitute one of the most common causes of action for which people seek relief in the courts.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an unprovoked dog attack you should understand how Georgia law protects your interests. Fines of up to $5,000.00 and prison sentences of up to one year behind bars attach to such events if they arise to a criminal level of neglect. If that element of “neglect” is present, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. If you've been the victim of a dog bite you should immediately report the incident. Call the police or local animal control agency in your area to secure a record of the attack.
At Rowen &Klonoski, PC We make sure that your case is not undervalued. If you have suffered a dog bite injury, call us to find out your options. While we are based in Atlanta we serve the entire State of Georgia and other states. Call toll free at 800-475-6182 or at 404-523-2844 locally here in the Atlanta area. Your initial consultation will be free of charge.