Helping victims gain rightful compensation for their injuries
Owners of dogs and other pets have a responsibility to keep those around their animals safe. When an owner fails to train or leash a dog or other pet, and you or your loved one suffers an animal bite or other injury as a result, the owner can be held legally accountable for the damages caused. At Nicholson Phillips in Marietta, we have helped clients file injury claims following animal attacks for nearly 30 years. When handling your case, we understand how to help you obtain compensation for the financial and emotional costs of your injury, including consideration for any disfigurement, scarring, disability, impairment and psychological trauma.
Dog bite law
There is no specific dog bite statute in Georgia. This means that in order to seek compensation for injuries suffered in a dog attack, you must prove that the dog was unprovoked and that the owner knew or should have known that the animal was dangerous, aggressive or likely to attack. Georgia dog bite law does, however, provide specific regulations for dogs classified as dangerous or potentially dangerous under the dangerous dog statute. This law identifies potentially dangerous dogs as those that bite humans without provocation. It designates dangerous dogs as those that, without provocation, cause significant injuries requiring medical attention or those that have been previously designated as potentially dangerous and, without provocation, attack, bite or otherwise endanger a human’s safety.
When a dangerous or potentially dangerous dog attacks you, its owner is strictly liable for any damages or injuries inflicted. Owners of dangerous dogs also have a responsibility to keep their animals restrained or muzzled, to post a warning on their property and to register their dogs with the state. If they fail to do so, you may be able to claim gross negligence in a dog bite lawsuit in Marietta.
Similar to cases involving a negligent home owner, dog bite lawsuits rely on proving that the animal owner was negligent or willfully ignorant to the dangers the dog posed. Attorney C. Alan Nicholson knows how to determine instances of animal owner negligence, and the Nicholson Phillips can help you achieve full and fair compensation.