According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dogs bite approximately 4.5 million people in the United States every year. 20% of these bites cause injuries that necessitate medical care – that’s nearly 900,000 injuries. According to the CDC, 31,000+ people had to go through reconstructive surgery in 2006 as a result of dog bites. Our expert Atlanta dog bite lawyers have experience with many of these types of case.
Children Most At Risk
According to the official CDC website: “recent research shows that the rate of dog bite related injuries among children seems to be decreasing.” However, the CDC notes that: “the rate of dog bite related injuries is highest for those ages 5 to 9 years, and children are more likely than adults to receive medical attention.”
Dog owners and adult males are also more likely to suffer from dog bites, according to the CDC.
Our Atlanta Dog Bite Lawyers Can Help You Collect
Different states have different laws concerning how victims may be compensated. Typically, the dog owner will have to pay for damages, such as medical bills, reconstructive surgeries, therapy for children victims, and pain and suffering. Renters or homeowners insurance will provide this money, typically. Some states have laws that favor dog bite victims; whereas other states have laws that make it harder to collect — in other words, they place a greater burden of proof on the claimants. If you provoked the dog or trespassed on private property and then got bitten, your ability to collect compensation for your dog bite injury may decrease or vanish entirely. Victims can collect compensation if the owner violated animal control laws or trespassing laws.
In Georgia, our Atlanta dog bite lawyers will tell you that your requirements as a plaintiff are relatively lofty. In several other states, victims only need a single ground for liability. It’s also more difficult to punish negligent dog owners and collect compensation from them, thanks to a recent judge-made law.
Seeing That Justice is Served
Whether your child suffered a serious dog related injury when an unleashed doberman pinscher or pit bull jumped on him; or a dog or other stray animal assaulted you while you rode your bike through a neighbor’s yard, it may behoove you to discuss your potential legal resources with qualified and results-proven Atlanta dog bite lawyers.
Look to the consistently recognized team at Broughton Law. These Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorneys (the highest rating that Martindale-Hubbell gives) can give you a free and confidential case consultation. Just dial 877-268-0808, or get in touch with the Atlanta personal injury attorneys at atlantatriallawyers.com.