Atlanta Dog Bite Lawyer
Dogs have a reputation for being man’s best friend. However, this does not change the fact that some dogs are dangerous and — because of their size and sharp teeth — capable of doing serious harm to the humans around them. In fact, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation estimates that around 800,000 people need medical treatment for dog bites every year.
If you have been bitten by a dog, you may suffer severe injuries and run the risk of developing an infection in the wound. You deserve compensation for your medical bills, but the dog’s owner may refuse to treat you fairly.
Luckily, you can reach out to an Atlanta dog bite lawyer to get legal help on your side immediately. Winning a dog bite case in Atlanta can be difficult due to Georgia’s complicated laws. You can improve your chances of getting the damages you need by contacting Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC, today.
Responding Properly to a Dog Bite in Atlanta
A dog attack can take you by surprise. Many people see all dogs as playful, friendly animals, so a mauling is often shocking. It is important that you try to focus through your pain as much as possible after a dog bite. Our legal team recommends you try to:
- Get Pictures of the Dog
- Record Your Injuries
- Gather Contact Information from Witnesses
- Find the Name and Address of the Dog Owner
It is also important that you reach out to Fulton County Animal Control and the police department, so you can make an official report of your injuries. Make sure that you seek medical assistance and document any care you receive.
You should also contact a dog bite lawyer quickly after an attack by any canine. We recommend that you do not talk to the dog owner or say anything about the bite until after you have received legal advice. You could weaken your case by arguing with the dog owner or agreeing to an unofficial resolution without professional help.
Complications for Dog Bite Cases in Atlanta
Dog bite cases can be difficult to win, especially if you do not know the animal’s owner. Reaching out to PMHP Law can allow us to work quickly to find the owner. We will question people in the area to see who the dog belongs to and we will look for proof that the dog has bitten someone else.
Determining whether or not a canine has a history of biting is very important to your case. According to the law in Georgia, many dogs are allowed one bite before they will be seen as dangerous. If an animal has never bitten anyone before, you may be denied compensation.
Note that there are some breeds that are exempted from this “one bite” rule. Certain kinds of dogs are considered vicious, including:
- Pit Bulls
- Presa Canario
- Dogo Argentine
- Wolf Hybrids
These breeds are seen as so dangerous that individuals in Georgia may only own one of them. Owners must also carry a high liability insurance policy for the dog’s actions. You can receive legal compensation even if you are the first person bitten by one of these animals.
Getting Compensation after a Dog Bite
Individuals who were bitten by a dog may be entitled to damages for:
- Medical Expenses
- Pain and Suffering
- Lost Income
Medical bills can quickly get out of control after a dog bite as victims deal with damage to bones, muscle tissue, and nerves. Infection is also a common problem with dog bites and many canine attacks require plastic surgery to fix large wounds.
We believe that anyone attacked by a dog deserves full compensation for their injuries. Our team will work aggressively to ensure that you receive the payments you need to cover your debt and move forward with your life.
Our team of dog bite lawyers also understands that sometimes you may be bitten by a dog belonging to a friend or family member. In this case, you may be tempted to just resolve the case quickly, but this is often a mistake.
We can help you resolve these situations in an understanding way – usually without ever filing a lawsuit – so everyone is treated fairly.
Our Dog Bite Lawyers Want to Help You
We know that you may feel overwhelmed after a dog attack. You do not have to decide on the best course of action on your own. Our Atlanta dog bite lawyers can take charge of your case and provide you with advice on how best to handle your situation. We will investigate to find the animal’s owner and help you deal with the “one bite” law as necessary. Let Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC, start working on your case today by filling out our online form or calling (855)-329-7144.
We can start fighting for you right now with a FREE consultation.