Serving Clients Throughout Gwinnett County and Walton County, Georgia
Under Georgia personal injury law, pet owners have strict liability for their pet's actions. In short, that means that dogs aren't allowed one free bite. If their dog bites or their pet animal attacks and causes injury, the owner will be held liable for paying the injured party for medical expenses, lost earnings and wages and 'soft' damages such as pain and inconvenience.
What to Do if You or a Member of Your Family Has Been Bitten or Attacked
Simple steps you can take to protect your rights include:
- Record as much information as you can about the incident, including owner name, contact address and contact information of any eyewitnesses.
- See a doctor immediately — even if you do not think the bite or scratch wound is serious. Animals carry germs and diseases that can easily infect humans if the bacteria or virus enters the blood stream.
- Do not negotiate a settlement with the owner. You may be giving up your rights to full and fair compensation in the event the injury proves serious.
- Talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer before you talk to an insurance adjuster. It makes sense to know your rights and the amount of compensation to which you are entitled.
What if You Know the Animal's Owner?
In many cases, victims of dog bites know the pet owner — either a relative, neighbor or friend. Many people are concerned about suing for damages because of the financial hardship that may result. We handle all dog bite cases with discretion, working with the homeowner's insurance company to attain a settlement that compensates the victim fairly, without a serious financial consequence to the dog owner.
Free Consultation and No Attorneys' Fees if You Don't Recover Money Damages
We handle all dog bite injury cases on a contingency-fee basis. We cover the cost of investigating, preparing and settling or trying your case in court. You pay attorneys' fees only as a pre-arranged percentage of the amount you recover in a settlement or jury award. You will not pay attorneys' fees if we do not help you recover money damages.
Bitten By a Dog? Call An Experienced Gwinnett County Dog Attack Attorney
From our office in Lawrenceville, our attorneys represent clients in communities throughout Gwinnett County and Walton County, Georgia. Call us at 770-604-1380 or contact us by email to arrange a free consultation with one of our experienced Lawrenceville dog bite lawyers today.