Riverdale Dog Bites Attorneys
Holding Animal Owners Responsible for Your Injury
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that more than 4.7 million people are injured by dog bites or attacks each year. Often, individuals are bitten by their own dogs, but hundreds of thousands are injured by a neighbor’s or stranger’s dog. If you were injured by a dog bite, call the Law Offices of Falanga & Chalker. Our injury attorneys help clients recover compensation for injuries caused by dog bites in Georgia.
Building a Credible Case
Dog bite victims may be able to recover compensation for their injuries, medical costs, lost wages, and other expenses related to the injury. When a city or county leash law was violated at the time of a dog bite, Georgia law holds the owner of the dog to a higher standard. Our attorneys check local leash laws when building a case for victims of dog bites in Georgia.
In order to build a case, it is helpful to obtain:
- Information from the animal’s veterinarian
- A copy of the dog’s medical history
- Records from obedience school
- Local animal control records
- Police reports
We gather the information needed to ensure that dog owners are held responsible for the damage caused by their animals. Our attorneys work to ensure that our clients receive the compensation they deserve. We can help you navigate the legal process and build a strong case.
When is a Dog Owner Liable for A Dog Bite?
According to the Code of Ga. Ann. section 51-2-7 a dog owner is liable for the injuries their pet inflicts if:
- The dog is considered vicious or dangerous
- The dog owner was displaying negligent behavior
- The injury victim did not "provoke the injury by his own act"
Unfortunately, more often than not victims of dog bites are children. Our team of attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the compensation and justice you and your family deserves. Contact us today to learn more about dog bite liability and discuss how these laws may impact your case today.
What to Do After a Dog Bite or Attack
The first thing to do after a dog bite is to identify the animal that bit you to have it tested, or you may have to get a series of rabies vaccines. You should seek medical attention for your injury immediately and get the name and contact information of the owner of the animal and any witnesses. After you have received treatment, contact an attorney to learn about your legal options.