The American Kennel Club classifies pit bulls as American Staffordshire Terriers. The dogs have a reputation for being vicious and dangerous. The truth is that the owners are responsible for the higher level of aggression and should be held liable if the dog injured you or your child.
The Gumprecht Law Firm is a Georgia personal injury law firm that can help you or your child recover the maximum possible damages for serious injuries. We identify your options and strategize an effective recovery plan. In the case of a dog attack, we pursue damages available under the homeowner’s policy and file a lawsuit against the dog owner for his or her negligent or purposeful actions.
Award-winning attorney Michael Gumprecht is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and a National Trial Lawyers Top 100. Before practicing law, attorney Gumprecht was in the technology industry, which has been an important tool for helping our clients recover expeditiously and in whole.
Time is of the essence in a dog attack claim, and so attorney Gumprecht is available to you 24/7. We make sure you are receiving the medical care you need as we begin an immediate investigation into the attack. We are here to help you.
Pit Bulls Are Trained to Be Aggressive
Pit bulls are not naturally aggressive, but sadly, are trained to attack by abusive owners who use such horrific tactics as starvation, neglect and beatings. The abused pit bulls are trained to be overly aggressive guard dogs or to provide entertainment in dogfighting rings.
Owners of these aggressive dogs are, at a minimum, negligent. Owners who raise the dogs specifically to attack people and other animals are egregiously negligent and may be liable for punitive damages.
The criminal conviction of former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick generated media attention about the role abusive owners play in raising aggressive dogs. Although this was an extreme case, incidents of pit bull abuse occur often. Not only do the dogs suffer, but the abusive practices also result in injuries to countless innocent human victims.
Georgia Breed-Specific Laws
The Georgia legislature passed Senate Bill 184 in 2016 that allows local municipalities to enact breed-specific codes. This means laws may vary widely from one county to the next. Within the Atlanta metro area, several cities have pit bull-specific ordinances, such as:
- Marietta does not permit pit bulls and Rottweilers to be in off-leash areas, including in dog parks.
- Lawrenceville imposes registration requirements on pit bulls and prohibits keeping an unregistered pit bull.
- East Point refers to Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, pit bulls and Rottweilers as potentially dangerous dogs, to which-breed specific requirements apply.
Call a Georgia Dog Bite Attorney to Protect Your Rights
If you or your child sustained injuries from a dog bite or attack, you may have a claim against the owner for damages. Call 678-800-1050 now to discuss your case 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 you do not have to pay lawyers’ fees until we recover.