Most dogs in Acworth are friendly, well-trained, and kept properly leashed. Unfortunately, that’s not true of all dogs, and it leads to numerous attacks, bites and injuries every year. These attacks may occur when dogs are off-leash, when the owner fails to control a dog, or when a dog is running stray. But all of these cases share one thing: there’s a high chance the dog bite could have been prevented if the owner had been more responsible. If you, your child, or your loved one were injured by a dog, you need to know that you have legal options. Talk to an Acworth dog bite lawyer.
John Foy & Associates are here to help you. We have built a career for over 20 years with just one mission: helping those who are injured. In that time, we’ve proven ourselves as some of Georgia’s most capable dog bite lawyers, with a long history of winning claims for dog bite victims and their families. You may be able to recover money for your injuries, trauma, pain and suffering, and more.
We charge nothing if we don’t get you money. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to the right and get a free consultation today.
Does the dog owner have to pay for my injuries?
The legal answer is “it depends,” but in many cases, yes, the dog owner is liable.
In any dog bite case in Acworth—or anywhere in Georgia—there will be a discussion about whether the dog was vicious or not. If the dog was vicious, the owner is most likely liable.
So, how do you prove a dog was vicious? It’s not as hard as it sounds. In legal language, vicious is just a catch-all term that refers to any dog that was uncontrolled or posed a clear risk to someone. By that definition, many dogs are “vicious” even if they are sweet, kind animals most of the time.
The most common way to prove that a dog was vicious is to show that it was off-leash in an area where a leash is required. All off-leash dogs can be considered vicious in the right circumstances. This is because there is no way for the owner to control an off-leash dog if it suddenly gets aggressive or misbehaves. Georgia has strict leash laws, and Acworth has its own ordinances about keeping animals controlled, which means that many dogs in public areas are required to be on leashes whether the owner knows it or not. As a result, many dog bite victims can easily prove the dog counted as “vicious” under the law.
Other ways a dog counts as vicious include:
- The dog has bitten someone at least once before
- The dog is a fighting breed
- The dog was wandering completely free and unsupervised
The first thing our personal injury lawyers do in any dog bite case is work on gathering evidence to show that the dog was not properly controlled and should have been. This helps make your claim strong from the start. Ultimately, it can help you win money.
I was attacked by a stray dog. What are my rights?
Since the owner is normally the one liable for a dog bite, getting bitten by a stray can leave you wondering if you can recover any money at all. In many cases, however, you still have a valid claim, and could recover the same amount as any other victim.
When we first take on a stray dog case, our investigators will work on two very important questions:
Was this dog really a stray?
Most dogs have an owner, even if the dog is wandering free. The dog may have escaped, it may be a farm animal, or its owner may simply be careless. In other cases the owner is just a short distance away—perhaps a few houses down from where the dog bit you. Dogs tend to stick to their territory, and it’s often possible to find the owner.
How did the dog get there?
Dogs that truly don’t live in the area may have been dropped off or abandoned by someone. Some people get rid of dogs they can no longer care for, or extra puppies they don’t want to raise. Depending on what happened, the person who abandoned the dog may share liability in what happened. Records from Animal Control and local shelters may help us identify the dog’s original owner.
One simply way to identify a dog’s owner is to go door to door in the neighborhood and ask. This is a step you can take yourself if you feel up to it, or our investigative team can do it for you.
What if my child was bitten by a dog in Acworth?
Both adults and children can be attacked by dogs, but it’s more common with children. Your rights are the same as any other dog bite victim, but when a child is bitten, it does change things. For example:
- Your family can recover money on your child’s behalf. The child does not have to get involved in the claim other than answering a few questions in a safe, reassuring environment.
- Dog bites against children tend to be more serious than those against adults. Children are smaller and more vulnerable. As a result, you are likely to have a claim for a much larger settlement amount than an adult would get in similar circumstances. The financial recovery is proportionate to how severe the injuries are.
- You may have a claim for psychological trauma. Children are much more likely than adults to be traumatized by a dog attack. We can add the cost of therapy to the other damages we request in your dog bite claim.
Seeing a child go through this awful, frightening even is extremely painful for the adults in the family as well. We’re here for you in what we know is a difficult time—and we are ready to help you get the financial recovery you deserve.
Talk to an Acworth Dog Bite Lawyer for Free
No one deserves to be the victim of an uncontrolled dog. Let us help you. John Foy & Associates charges you NOTHING if we don’t recover money for you—and we have the experience necessary to get you results. Let us give you a FREE consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to the right to set up your free consultation right away.