Dog Bite Attorneys in Macon
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At Adams, Jordan & Herrington, P.C., we've enjoyed a track record of success and have represented countless clients over the years. As Macon dog bite injury attorneys with offices in Milledgeville and Albany, we've handled complex litigation cases and have committed ourselves to providing personal attention to every client.
If you or your child has suffered a dog bite, we may be able to help you seek compensation for your medical expenses and lost income, as well as for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and trauma. When you're ready to work with a competent and diverse group of lawyers, we'll be here to provide you with personal, one-on-one attention.
Understanding Georgia’s Dog Bite Laws
Unlike some other states, which hold dog owners strictly liable for any injuries their pets cause, Georgia is a negligence state when it comes to dog bite injuries and attacks. This means that a victim must prove that the owner was negligent in some way in order to recover compensation for their damages.
Typically, negligence is established in dog bite claims by proving that the dog owner knew or reasonably should have known that their dog was aggressive, dangerous, or prone to acting viciously. This might involve proving that the dog had a history of aggressive behavior or had bitten or lunged at someone before.
Negligence can also be established by proving that a dog owner allowed his or her animal to be unleashed or unrestrained in an area where this was not permitted. For example, if you were walking in a public park where dogs were required to be leashed at all times and were attacked by a loose dog, you can hold the owner of the dog liable for your injuries even if the owner had no reason to believe the dog would act aggressively.
Lastly, in order to successfully recover compensation for your damages, you will need to prove that you did not provoke the dog. A dog owner might try to argue that the dog bit you in response to harassing or provoking behavior; you will have to prove that this was not the case but, rather, that you were attacked unprovoked.
What to Do After a Dog Bite Accident
Being attacked by a dog is incredibly frightening, especially if the accident involves a child. Dog owners are legally responsible for their dog's behavior, which means they can be held liable for the attack. If you or a family member was attacked or bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation.
There are also several steps you can take to strengthen your dog bite case including:
- Taking pictures of the bite and injury
- Keeping detailed notes about how the attack took place
- Getting the contact information of any witnesses
- Keeping all medical records and receipts of medical expenses
Over the years, our team of experienced trial lawyers has helped countless people recover millions of dollars in damages. When you're ready to take the next step in seeking justice, we can get you started with a free case consultation.
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In most cases, dog bite claims are filed against an owner’s homeowners’ insurance, not the dog owner individually. While many people are hesitant to seek compensation by filing a claim against someone they know, it is the dog owner’s insurance company that will pay out your claim in nearly every circumstance.
If you have questions about the personal injury process or what to do after a dog bite or attack, turn to our trusted legal team at Adams, Jordan & Herrington, P.C. With over 150 years of experience, our Macon dog bite lawyers are ready to aggressively advocate for you and your recovery. There are no fees unless we win your case.