Our pets are our companions and often even considered members of the family by many in Georgia. However, abused or neglected pets can become aggressive out of fear. Some pets are even trained to become hostile as a form of protection for the owner. An animal attack can carry lasting scars, both physical and psychological, for which you deserve compensation.
The Gumprecht Law Firm focuses our practice exclusively on personal injury cases in Georgia. We offer immediate assistance, strong communication, polished skills and a results-oriented approach for all clients. Attorney Michael Gumprecht is one of only 0.04% of Georgia lawyers to earn a lifetime membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has been named a Top 40 Under 40 Litigation Lawyers by the American Society of Legal Advocates and the National Trial Lawyers, amongst several other honors. You can count on our firm to provide you with the experienced legal representation you deserve.
Acting quickly is essential in any animal-related injury case. Attorney Gumprecht, therefore, is available 24/7 to discuss the strategy of your case and to advise you of evidence preservation. We act immediately to protect your rights and build a strong claim, so please feel free to contact us at your convenience.
Georgia’s Strict Liability Law in Dog Bite Cases
Georgia imposes strict liability on a dog owner for injuries their dog inflicts upon a person, another dog or any other animal if:
- The dog is considered vicious or dangerous
- The dog was at large because of the owner’s careless management
- The injured person did not provoke the dog to attack
However, a city ordinance that requires a dog to be leashed may be enough to demonstrate viciousness or dangerousness under Georgia’s low standard to prove this element. You do not need to demonstrate actual negligence or intent to cause harm under the strict liability theory of recovery, just that the harm occurred because of the owner’s actions.
Damages Awarded in a Dog Bite Claim
A dog can inflect severe bodily harm, especially to children and older people. Simply pouncing can be enough to severely injure a frail or small person. However, an otherwise strong, healthy individual can nonetheless sustain serious injuries from a dog. Under Georgia’s liability law, an individual’s size or health does not affect their right to recovery.
Depending upon the facts of your case, we might pursue damages for domestic pet attack injuries such as:
- Lacerations and puncture wounds
- Head injury
- Fractured bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Phobia of dogs
- Anxiety and depression
- Scarring and deformities
Some homeowner policies cover dog bites and attacks. This can present an important opportunity for recoverable damages. Our firm will guide you through the process of filing a claim and proving your injuries, including recording the extent and nature of wounds, scars and deformities caused by a dog attack, and the subsequent effect on your health and quality of life. The worse the damage from the attack, the more compensation you are entitled to.
Call a Georgia Dog Bite Attorney for Immediate Assistance With Your Claim
If you were hurt in an accident involving domestic pets, such as vicious dogs, you may be eligible to obtain compensation. Call 678-800-1050 right now to speak with a Georgia dog bite attorney at the Gumprecht Law Firm 24/7. Your first consultation is free and we handle your claim on contingency, so there is no risk in learning more about your rights and options.