Dog Bite Injuries
Our Savannah Premises Liability Lawyers Can Help
Georgia is not a “strict liability” state when it comes to
dog bite and animal attack rules. If you were bitten by another person’s
dog, you may have a case and reason to sue for compensation. To find out
if you do or not, call
912.289.0166 to schedule a
free consultation with Karsman, McKenzie & Hart and our Savannah dog bite attorneys.
What You Need to Prove in a Dog Bite Claim
The negligence law of Georgia means a dog bite victim has to prove that
the dog owner was negligent in their handling of their animal at the time
of the attack. Simply proving you were attacked might not be enough to
win your case, especially if the dog has a reputation of being well-behaved
or the owner claims you were acting out of line.
In your claim, you will need to be able to prove:
Viciousness: A dog owner must have reason to believe their pet is vicious, dangerous,
or aggressive. If the dog has never bitten anyone before, they may be
excused from the majority of the liability the first time an attack occurs.
Carelessness: Reasonable steps must be taken by a dog owner to ensure the animal does
not bite anyone. If the dog was growling at you as you approached and
the owner ignored it, this could be carelessness. If the dog was not on
a leash in an area that had a leash law in place, this is negligence.
Innocence: A person who was provoking or harming a dog before it bites is usually
seen as directly responsible for their own injuries. The same can be said
of a criminal that is unlawfully trespassing at the time of an attack.
It should be noted that Georgia’s negligence laws apply to any sort
of animal attack and to most domesticated animals, not just dogs. For
example, if someone’s cat pounced on you while you were at the top
of a set of stairs, causing you to tumble backwards, you could sue for
the same reasons a dog bite victim would sue.
Compensation for Traumatization
A person should be compensated for medical bills and lost wages, at the
least, after being harmed due to someone else’s negligence. Following
a dog bite or attack, the victim should also be offered monetary rewards
for their emotional and mental anguish. A vicious dog on the attack is
frightening, and dog bite victims often report feeling uncontrollably
afraid of any sort of canine, even the friendliest, smallest hounds, after
a dog bite incident. Nominal damages can be used to provide additional
damages in a dog bite case in hopes of helping the plaintiff find peace of mind.
Multimillion Dollar Victories for Our Clients
At our Savannah personal injury law firm, we can proudly claim that we
have won millions of dollars for our clients in all manners of
personal injury and
premises liability cases, including verdicts that ranged into the millions. After you or a loved
one have been bitten by a dog, you can turn to us for the moral support
and legal advocacy you deserve. Call us at
912.335.4977 for more information, or to ask for your
FREE initial consultation.