When someone is bitten by a dog in Morrow, they can suffer serious injuries, scarring, infections, and emotional damages. Owners should be held responsible for the actions of their dogs. If you were the victim of a dog bite, you’ll want to contact a Morrow dog bite and animal attack lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, we have spent the last 20 plus years winning settlements or awards for dog bite victims in Georgia. Since our beginnings as a small, local law office, we have grown to become one of the largest and most well-respected firms in the state. It’s risk-free to work with us because we don’t charge a fee unless we win you money.
Contact us today and we’ll give you a FREE, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case (and how you can help). Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started today.
Common Dog Bite Injuries in Morrow
Dog bite injuries can range from minor to incredibly severe, even deadly. Here are some examples of dog bite injuries we see in places like Morrow (and all throughout the state of Georgia):
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken bones or fractures
- Scarring and other forms of disfigurement
- Soft tissue damage to muscles, tendons, or ligaments
- “Emotional” damages like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety attacks, depression, or phobias
- Loss of mobility
Dog bites can also lead to infections or diseases like rabies if the dog has not been kept up-to-date on its shots. A lot of injuries require intense treatments or procedures like reconstructive surgeries. The aftermath of a dog bite should not be taken lightly.
In very serious cases, dog bites can even result in death. If that happens, certain loved ones can file a wrongful death claim to seek damages for medical costs, pain and suffering, funeral and burial costs, and more.
No matter how severe your dog bite injuries were, it’s best to speak with a lawyer experienced in dog bite and animal attack cases right away. They can advise you on the best course of action so that you have the best chance at full compensation for your costs.
Where to Report a Dog Bite or Animal Attack in Morrow, GA
You will want to report the dog bite to the local police. In Morrow, you can contact the Clayton County Police Department. Clayton County Animal Control merged with the police department in 1990, so calling the police will get you in touch with Animal Control officers as well.
When you report a dog bite, it will create a record of the incident, which is good for your claim. It will also allow you to possibly get more information on the dog and its owner. If the dog has been found roaming around or has bitten someone before, Animal Control might have a record of it.
After you report the bite to authorities, call a dog bite lawyer too. They can help you begin investigating the attack to gather information for your insurance claim.
Compensation You Can Collect for a Dog Bite
The purpose of filing a dog bite claim is to pursue compensation for the costs of the dog bite. You will usually file this with the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance company. You can include the following damages in your claim.
The medical costs of treating a dog bite injury can be astronomical. You should not have to cover the costs of any injuries you suffer because of a dog owner’s negligence.
Medical costs you can include in your claim for compensation include:
- Ambulance services
- Emergency room treatment
- On-site treatment
- Surgeries, stitches, or other procedures
- Shots, such as rabies and tetanus shots
- Wound cleaning
- Antibiotics and other prescription medications
- Plastic surgeries
- Physical therapy or occupational therapy
You will want to account for medical costs you’ve already paid and future medical costs that you will face because of the dog bite. Dog bites can lead to infections, nerve damage, disfigurement, and more that requires months or even years of treatment. Your lawyer will work to accurately calculate all of your current and future medical expenses for your claim.
If you have to miss work time because of the dog bite and your injuries, you can include those lost wages in your claim. When you have injuries that prevent you from returning to the same type of work you did before, you can also claim loss of earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering damages are meant to account for the physical and emotional pain and suffering you face because of the accident. Examples of pain and suffering damages include:
- Emotional trauma
- Mental anguish
- Fear or embarrassment
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement or scarring
Pain and suffering damages are much harder to calculate than medical costs and lost wages. Your dog bite lawyer will work to put a dollar amount on these damages based on how much the attack has impacted your life.
Wrongful Death Damages
As mentioned above, if you lost a loved one because of a dog bite or animal attack, you may be able to file a claim for wrongful death on behalf of the deceased.
A wrongful death claim can include damages like:
- Medical costs from the deceased’s last injury
- Pain and suffering the deceased experienced before they died
- Loss of income
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of companionship
Talk to a Morrow Dog Bite and Animal Attack Lawyer for Free Today
At John Foy & Associates, our dog bite lawyers are dedicated to helping victims get the full compensation they deserve. We have seen firsthand how painful and life-changing dog attacks can be—but we’ve also seen countless victims win generous settlements so they can recover their costs and begin to move on from the attack.
Contact us today and we’ll give you a FREE consultation to discuss the details of your case and how we can best help you. Call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started with your FREE consultation today.