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Dog bites have become more common in Georgia, and most of the time the dog is not the one to blame. Vicious behavior is often learned from the owner or keeper. To prevail in a dog bite case, it takes understanding both Georgia and local laws regarding dog bites or animal attacks. Our attorneys have the knowledge and skill needed to earn you the financial outcome you need to recover from a serious attack, a fall caused by a dog, or other related injuries.

Dog Bites

Know the Laws about Georgia Dog Bite Attacks

Just like medical malpractice cases, there is a statute of limitations for dog bites or other animal attacks as well. In Georgia, you have two years after the date of a dog bite to bring a case to court. Georgia is also considered a negligence state regarding dog bites and other animal-related injuries. This means that in order to prove owner liability, an injured person must prove that the owner knew their animal was dangerous and did not take action to restrain the animal or protect people from being injured. If the owner had no previous knowledge or evidence that their dog was vicious, it can be hard to prove liability. An exception to this would be a local leash ordinance can be used to prove that a dog's owner was negligent in handling the animal and keeping the public safe. If you were bit or attacked in an area where keeping a dog on a leash is required, our firm can help you recover damages.

Evidence disappears fast after an animal attack. It is important that you consult with an attorney soon after your injury occurs.

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What to do After Being Dog Bit

Gather Info
Take Pictures
Keep a Record

1. Seek Seek Medical Attention

It's important to seek medical help right after the attack occurs so that you can receive treatment for your injury and be tested for additional diseases that the dog may have been carrying, such as rabies, staph infection, tetanus, or other bacterial infections that animals tend to have.

2. Gather Info Gather the Dog Owner and Witness Info

Get contact information of the dog owner and any witnesses to the attack, if at all possible (name, address, phone number, email address).

3. Record Record the Dog's Description

In addition to the owner's information, a physical description of the animal is helpful.

4. Take Pictures Take Pictures of the Injuries

Take pictures to record the injuries from the dog bite or attack.

5. Keep a Record Keep a Record of the Location, Date and Time

It is helpful to know exactly where and when the attack occurred.

6. Contact Contact an Attorney

To receive compensation after your child has been bit, it's important that you contact an attorney that has experience in dog bite cases. Our team at Brooks Injury Law knows the process in dealing with dog bites and they will take the stress off of your hands so that you can focus on your child's recovery.

Dog Bite Facts & Statistics

Approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States.
The average cost of a dog bite-related hospital bill is about 50% higher than the average injury-related hospital stay.
The elderly population and children are the most at risk for dog bites or other animal related injuries.
In 2016, 42% of fatal dog bite victims were children under the age of nine.