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Columbus’ numerous pet-friendly parks, including the popular Muscogee County Flat Rock Park, make the city an excellent place to own a dog. However, there are responsibilities that come with owning a dog in this city.
While most pet owners are responsible enough to follow Georgia and Columbus law regarding dog handling, others are not, and this negligence can lead to a terrible dog bite accident. Both Muscogee County and the state of Georgia have strict regulations governing animal handling and dog bites, and if you or a loved one has been injured, it is important to hire an attorney who is well-versed in these laws.
At Morgan & Morgan, the attorneys in our Columbus office have years of experience negotiating and litigating dog bite claims, successfully recovering compensation against negligent dog owners.
We understand how to deal with any intricacies of the Georgia dog bite law that may limit our clients’ chances of recovery so that they obtain the compensation needed to cover medical bills, lost wages and other losses. This provides us with a distinct advantage over other personal injury law firms that are not familiar with dog bite cases.
Have you been injured by a dog bite? If so, the dog bite attorneys in our Columbus office may be able to help you recover compensation for your losses. To learn more, please complete our case review form today and your claim will be evaluated, at no cost to you.
Liability in Georgia and Columbus Leash Law
In the state of Georgia, there is a strict liability law for dog bites. That means that if a person who owns a dog allows the animal to attack and cause injury to another person — either due to careless management or allowing the dog to wander freely in a city or county that requires a leash — that dog owner may be held liable in damages to the person injured.
In the city of Columbus, dogs are required to be restrained by a leash and under the control of a responsible person when in public parks, according to the animal ordinances of Muscogee County.
Why Should I Hire a Columbus Dog Bite Attorney?
In Georgia, the claims process for recovering compensation for damages inflicted by a dog bite is generally straightforward; however, depending on the details of your claim, certain complications may arise.
It is important that you hire a Columbus dog bite attorney with experience successfully navigating these types of cases. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling dog bite cases and, in handling your claim, will investigate the incident by evaluating:
- Your involvement in the event;
- The dog’s behavior and previous history of attacks;
- The location of the attack;
- If any warning signs were posted;
- The owner’s compliance with the law.
Your attorney’s investigation can help to reduce the impact of any allegations suggesting you were partly at fault for the bite and resulting injury. The attorneys in our Columbus office are proficient and thorough investigators and have a history of building successful claims on behalf of their clients.
What Can I Recover After a Dog Bite Attack?
If you have been injured by a dog bite, you may be entitled to recover compensation for present and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, veterinary bills, and property damage.
To learn how our Columbus dog bite attorneys may be able to help, please complete our free case review form today.