According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 4.7 million people fall victim to dog bites and/or attacks.
In most cases it’s the family dog that is doing the biting but not always. Over hundreds of thousands of children and adults fall victim to dog bites from their neighbors pets annually. If you are one of those unfortunate to be injured by an animal bite there are steps that you need to do to help build your case. Make sure to be able to identify the animal that bit you. If you are not able to identify this animal and get it caught and tested then you may have to go through a series of vary painful rabies vaccinations. Make sure to get the name, address and telephone number of the person who owns the animal along with any witnesses. Make sure to get medical attention and to keep track of your medical bills and your treatment. Also make sure that you take photographs of the wounds if possible. Request the owners home or renter’s insurance information. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering and other expenses. Therefore, it is crucial for you to follow all of these steps. Make sure that you do not sign anything until you have had a chance to discuss the matter with your attorney at Falanga and Chalker. If you have been bitten by an animal in the state of Georgia contact the attorneys at Falanga and Chalker.
Under Georgia law, an owner of a dog that bites someone can be held to a higher standard if a county or city leash law was violated at the time of the bite. Always check to see if there are any leash laws or regulations for the location of the dog bite incident.
Falanga and Chalker obtained a record jury verdict in Rockdale County, Georgia a few years ago in a dog bite case. The dogs name was Badeye and he was a pitbull. Mr. Falanga told the jury in his closing argument that it was a bad idea to let Badeye out of the backyard without a leash in violation of the Rockdale County leash laws.
Here are a few other items that can help to build a credible case:
- Talk to the animal’s veterinarian
- Obtain a copy of the animal’s medical history
- Investigate the scene
- Obtain obedience school records
- Obtain Animal Control records
- Obtain police reports
The qualified personal injury attorneys at Falanga and Chalker can help you receive just compensation for your physical injury, lost wages, future medical costs, and all other associated expenses.
The attorney’s at Falanga and Chalker are here to help if the animals owner fails to accept responsibility for their animal attack. If you want to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve, someone who understands the complicated pitfalls of dangerous animal law should be consulted.
If you are a victim of a dog bite or animal attack, you should speak with one of our attorneys at Falanga and Chalker to learn more about preserving your rights and remedies. Our attorneys will be able to apply the law, explain the value of your case and help you navigate through the complicated legal process.