Dog Bites

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It is an unfortunate fact that there are nearly 5 million dog bites every year. Twenty percent of those bites result in a serious injury or death. Unfortunately, children account for half of the victims in dog bite injury incidents. Victims of dog bites have rights to recover compensation, but the laws regarding dog bites differ from state to state.


In Georgia, financial recovery for a dog bite is available under a number of different legal theories. These typically include proving:

  • The owner knew or should have known that the dog was dangerous. It is usually clear that if a dog previously bites someone, its owner is on notice that the dog is dangerous. However, other behavior displayed by the dog may put an owner on notice. For example, if the dog snaps at people, even though the dog has not actually bitten anyone, the owner should know that such behavior may be enough to injury someone. The question to be answered to determine liability is: Did the owner know of the dog’s dangerous tendencies? If the answer to that question is yes, the owner can be held liable for injuries caused by their animal.
  • The dog was required to be leashed or under the control of the owner, and the owner was negligent in meeting this requirement.

Get medical treatment by a health care professional immediately. Even a small dog bite can lead to a serious infection if that dog is sick or carries a dangerous disease such as rabies. Animal bites also frequently leave scars that are difficult or impossible to remove later. If safely possible, you should get as much information about the dog owner as you can immediately following the bite. Also, get contact information for anyone who witnessed the attack. If the dog is without its owner try to get as many details as possible, including the canine’s breed, color, size, etc.

Next, contact the experienced Atlanta dog bite attorneys at Randy Scott Slater, P.C. We know Georgia and local dog bite and leash laws, and can advise you as to your right to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. All initial consultations are free, and we charge no attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Don’t delay or jeopardize your legal rights. Contact our office at (404) 888-0500 today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]