Although most dog owners are responsible and train their dog to behave around strangers, negligence on the part of a pet owner can sometimes lead to a severe dog attack.
A dog bite can result in serious injury and require immediate and costly medical care, especially when a child is the victim of the attack. Victims of dog bites can also suffer from psychological trauma long after the attack, and require counseling and therapy to recover from the experience.
Often times, dog owners will fight vigorously to evade liability after a dog attack or may attempt to downplay the severity of your injuries. This is where a dog bite attorney can help.
If you were a victim of a dog attack, our dog bite attorneys in Savannah may be able to help you recover compensation for costly medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. Please fill out our free case evaluation form to have your claim evaluated.
Typical Dog Bite Injuries
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the typical injuries and diseases associated with dog attacks may include:
- Nerve damage;
- Broken bones;
- Rabies infection;
- Pasteurella infection;
- MRSA infection; and
- Tetanus infection.
Up to 18 percent of dog bites become infected with bacteria, according to the CDC. Rabies, although rare, is an especially serious disease and is fatal if not treated immediately.
In our state of Georgia, pet owners are responsible for ensuring their dog is properly trained. The dog owner is liable for any attack that occurs in a public place or private property, whether the attack involves a person or livestock, with some exceptions.
The victim of the dog attack may be partially liable for the attack, if they have provoked the dog in any way, trespassed upon the property of the dog owner, or if the dog owner prominently displayed a sign warning others of the dog’s behavior, according to Georgia law.
How a Savannah Dog Bite Attorney Can Help
Our attorneys will work with victims of dog attacks to prove liability on the part of the dog owner and support your claim. This may include:
- Gathering information about the time, location, and nature of the attack;
- Investigating previous dangerous behavior from the dog;
- Proving the dog was unsterilized;
- Collecting evidence of the attack, including photographs of the injuries;
- Researching the dog’s previous vaccinations, including whether they have been vaccinated for rabies; and
- Proving the owner let the dog roam free off of private property.
How Much Does a Dog Bite Attorney Cost?
Our Savannah dog bite attorneys at Morgan & Morgan work on a contingency-fee basis with no upfront costs. That means you only pay a fee if your attorney successfully recovers compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
What Can I Recover from a Dog Bite Lawsuit?
Our dog bite attorneys in Savannah will fight on your behalf to try and prove fault on the part of the dog owner to recover the maximum compensation for your injury.
If you or a loved one suffered a dog attack in Savannah, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of wages, property damage, and more. To learn how our Savannah dog bite attorneys may be able to help you, please fill out our free case evaluation form today.