Is Your Personal Injury The Result Of An Animal Attack?
Being bitten or attacked by a vicious dog or other animal is a serious issue. Victims of dog and animal bites and attacks often suffer extreme physical pain, permanent scarring, disfigurement and a variety of psychological conditions ranging from a fear of rabies or other disease to broader-based fears of dogs, animals and even one’s general environment.
According to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 5 million people are victims of dog bites each year, with almost a million causing injuries serious enough to require medical attention. Medical costs associated with these dog bites and attacks are said to approach upwards of $165 million annually.
Call our Atlanta law office today at 770-901-2666 to schedule a free consultation with an animal attack injury attorney. You may also contact us online and we will respond to your message as soon as possible.
Animal Bite Laws And Regulations In Georgia
Laws and regulations governing the keeping and controlling of dogs and other animals vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In some areas, a dog owner is liable for damages if the owner has knowledge that the dog has the propensity to do the particular act (biting) that caused injury to the complaining party. This means a plaintiff has to show that the dog or other animal had the propensity to cause harm and that the owner had knowledge of it. This has traditionally been called the “first bite rule,” although the rule does not literally require a first bite.
Leash laws and control regulations can also give rise to a claim against a dog or animal owner. For example, a passerby who becomes frightened by a dog charging, snapping and/or barking and then trips, falls or is otherwise injured attempting to escape the threatening animal may also be able to sue the dog’s owner successfully. He or she will have to show that the animal’s actions led to the injury.
Fight For Your Best Possible Recovery From An Animal Attack
Your ability to recover in these types of cases often depends on several key legal issues. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a dog or other vicious animal, you should contact a lawyer who has had experience handling these specific types of cases. Isenberg & Hewitt, PC, has extensive experience navigating the laws that govern dog and other vicious animal bite claims, and we are skilled at proving an owner’s liability.
Contact our firm online if you or a loved one suffered injuries in a dog attack or by another animal. You may also call our Atlanta office at 770-901-2666 to schedule your initial consultation. We are MARTA-accessible.