Atlanta Dog Bite Attorneys
Ross & Pines, LLC: 100+ Years of Collective Experience
If you or a loved one has been hurt by a dangerous dog, the lawyers at Ross & Pines, LLC can help. When you choose us to represent you, we will carefully explain your rights and the steps involved in a dog bite case. We will take the time to learn about how the dog bite or attack has had an impact on your life.
As we move through the process, we will stay by your side. We have more than 100 years of combined experience standing up for people who have been injured by dangerous dogs throughout the state of Georgia and we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
To learn more about your legal options, call our Atlanta dog bite lawyer team at (888) 838-4858! We offer free case evaluations.
Georgia Dog Bite Law
According to Georgia law a dog owner can be held liable for injuries their dog inflicts if:
- The owner knew or should have known their dog would behave aggressively
- The owner was being negligent in their management of the animal
- The injured person did not provoke the dog
Dog bites can occur anywhere. Whether you were attacked on or near the dog owner's home, or at a store, bar, restaurant or other business, we can help. Dog owners are responsible for keeping their dogs from biting you and businesses are responsible for keeping people safe on their property. If these duties have been neglected, we will pursue every possible avenue to get you the full compensation you deserve.
A common misconception in dog bite cases is that only big dogs - pit bulls, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, for example - can cause serious injuries. That is not true. We have handled dog bite cases in which small dogs have caused serious pain and permanent scarring. It is the dog's propensity for aggression and violence that is the real concern, not the size of the dog. This is especially true when a child is the victim. We can help you no matter what size or breed of dog attacked you.
Children Are at a Higher Risk of Injury
Children are particularly vulnerable to dog attacks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, over 50,000 children younger than 7 were injured by a dog bite. Children's heights means they are more likely to be bitten in the face or neck, and they may suffer life-threatening injuries or require reconstructive plastic surgery. There are a variety of reasons for this including the fact that children usually:
- Are loud
- Are active
- Have high pitched voices
These factors can make some dogs agitated and more likely to attack. However, one study found that many people have a hands-off attitude about children around dogs. Parents often tend to trust the family dog more than they would an unfamiliar one although experts recommend that young children should not be left alone with any dogs. Children may inadvertently do things such as hugging a dog or kissing one on the face that might result in the animal reacting in an unpredictable way.
Unlike other states that impose strict liability on the owner of a dog that injures another. Georgia's dog bite law is a bit more complicated. Questions will arise as to whether the dog had previously exhibited vicious propensities. As a result, the parents of a child who has been injured by a dog belonging to another owner may want to meet with a personal injury attorney to discuss their case.
Tips to Prevent a Dog Bite
Experts also say that merely supervising children is not sufficient since they can also be bitten when adults are present. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to help reduce the risk of this occurring. The first is to teach a child to let the dog smell his or her hand before trying to pet it. Second, teach the child to avoiding petting the dog on the top of the head. Instead, they should pet it under the chin. In addition, children should not back a dog into the corner, lunge at it or put their face near the dog’s.
Teaching kids to identify the signs of a dog that is not comfortable is also a good idea. One sign is if it is yawing and licking its lips. A slowly wagging or erect tail could also be an indicator, as is a tense body. It is important for adults to learn to recognize the body language of dogs to gauge whether the dog is becoming agitated and might bite. Dog owners are also encouraged to seek out a training specialist if their pet begins showing aggression.
Let Our Dog Bite Lawyers Pursue Compensation on Your Behalf!
We are experienced trial attorneys. When we handle a personal injury case related to a dog bite, we make sure we prepare the case from the outset with the strength to go to court if the opposition is unwilling to provide full compensation for the injuries you suffered. That preparation involves thorough research and knowledge of the State, County and Municipal leash and dogs laws. It also involves conducting a thorough investigation, gathering critical evidence, interviewing potential witnesses and finding other people who have been bitten by the dog.
If you have been injured and you are seeking representation, contact Ross & Pines, LLC today for a free, no-obligation consultation!