Victims of dog bite injuries have the right to claim compensation for the attack. However, claiming compensation for a dog bite injury is not always easy. The dog owner or an insurance company may try to deny the compensation victims deserve. Help is here. After you are injured, speak to a Georgia dog bite lawyer who can help with your case.
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Understanding Your Legal Rights After a Dog Attack in Georgia
In Georgia personal injury cases, injured persons must prove another person is liable for their injuries. Essentially the victim must prove that the dog’s owner failed to act with reasonable care to keep others safe.
In Georgia, bite or attack victims must show that the dog owner knew the dog had a history of aggressive or violent behavior. The bite victim must also establish that the dog owner acted carelessly. The victim might show the owner purposely released the dog or did not properly supervise the animal.
Victims who seek compensation after a dog bite or attack usually file a claim against the dog owner. Many people are hesitant to do this because the dog owner may be a friend or family member. However, a lawsuit or personal injury claim is usually a claim handled by the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy and not the dog owner.
How a Georgia Dog Bite Attorney Can Help You
You may not think it is necessary to speak to a lawyer after being bitten by a dog. However, a lawyer can help in many ways after a bite or attack.
An attorney can help by proving that the dog owner was negligent. The attorney will conduct an investigation and collect evidence to show that the owner knew of the dog’s history. The attorney will show the dog owner should have taken additional steps to keep others safe.
An attorney will also:
- Evaluate your claim.
- Use experts to help substantiate your claim.
- Explain the law on dog bites and how it pertains to your case.
- Deal with the insurance company on your behalf.
- Answer all of your questions.
These are just a few of the ways an attorney can help with your claim. A lawyer will also be your advocate and work in your best interests at all times.
Compensation in a Dog Bite Settlement
The costs of a dog bite injury can quickly add up. In Georgia, victims are entitled to file a claim for compensation to help recover these costs. The damages available in a dog bite settlement include:
- Medical costs – These expenses include the expenses associated with your medical care. The cost of doctor’s visits, prescription costs and rehabilitative therapy can be included in your claim.
- Lost wages – When your injuries are very serious, you may have to miss time at work while recovering. You also may not be able to do the same kind of work in the future. Any loss of income and loss of earning capacity can be included in your claim.
- Pain and suffering – Although your physical pain and suffering does not have a fixed value, it is still a loss. You can include this in your claim.
- Emotional anguish – After a dog bite or attack, victims often develop a fear of the animals. They may have a traumatic memory of the incident. These losses should be included in your claim.
- Disfigurement – Dog bites and attacks often leave victims with permanent scarring and disfigurement. The law recognizes that this is a loss and allows victims to claim compensation for it.
After reviewing your claim, an attorney can advise on the full amount of compensation for your injury claim.