A Firm Advocating For Victims Of Dog Bites And Attacks In Georgia
Most dogs are loveable and gentle, and they are great additions to both families and communities. But not all dogs are safe and docile – either because they are naturally aggressive or because they have been poorly cared for by their owners. These animals can bite, causing serious injuries or even death. Sadly, children are among the most common victims of dog bites and attacks.
If you or a loved one has been severely injured after being bitten by a dog in northern Georgia, contact our attorneys at The McGarity Group to learn how we can help you seek compensation. We understand that dog bites typically involve a family member, friend or acquaintance. This fact can make it awkward for you to pursue available legal remedies, so we handle your case with consideration. Our first step is to negotiate on your behalf with the dog owner or insurance company. If not successful, however, we are prepared to take your case to court to obtain the full and fair compensation you need and deserve.
Common Injuries Resulting From Dog Attacks
Dog or other animal attacks can have mild to severe consequences. Injuries include or can result in:
- Puncture wounds
- Scratches and cuts
- Contraction of a disease
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement
- Emotional trauma
- Broken bones
- Loss of a limb
If a dog has bitten you, it is essential that you seek medical attention, both to treat your wounds and to create documentation of them. Then, when you are no longer in immediate danger, please contact us to discuss options and next steps.
Is The Owner Legally Responsible When A Dog Bites?
Georgia law imposes strict liability for injury to a person by an animal considered “vicious” or “dangerous.” The victim must show that the animal was at large due to the careless management of the owner and that the victim did not provoke the animal into attacking. Thus, it is important for a dog bite victim to seek legal assistance with making a claim for recovery after an attack. Our legal team can advise you if you meet the requirements under Georgia law to recover fair compensation for your injuries.
Dog Breeds Labeled As Dangerous
While any dog may be a sweetheart at home, its breed may be considered aggressive by others. Examples of “blacklisted” dog breeds considered dangerous include:
- Alaskan malamutes
- Presa Canarios
- Chow Chows
- Doberman pinschers
- German shepherds
- Pit bull terriers
- Siberian huskies
It should be noted that a dog’s breed alone is not necessarily the reason for an attack. Most aggressive canines become that way as a result of negative human contact. Our attorneys thoroughly investigate the various factors that contributed to your incident before deciding on a legal strategy.
Schedule A Complimentary Consultation To Discuss Your Dog Bite Injury
If you are the victim of a dog bite or other animal attack, our attorneys at The McGarity Group are prepared to help. Contact us at 770-692-9877 or reach out online to schedule your free initial consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay no fees or costs unless we recover on your behalf. Our firm is located in Buford, and we serve clients in the greater Atlanta metro area and throughout Georgia.