If you want to receive compensation for your dog bite injury in Georgia, you will have to report your injury by filing a claim against the owner responsible. There is no other way around this. While filing a claim seems like a challenging task, with the proper legal representation by your side, it’s effortless.
The dog bite lawyers at John Foy & Associates will help you file your claim and negotiate for your settlement. According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), millions of people get bitten by dogs every year. Not all of them will receive compensation, but you can increase the chances of winning a settlement to cover your damages by retaining a lawyer.
Reporting Your Dog Bite
While it’s not mandatory to report your dog bite to the police or your local animal control, you should still always do so. Having a report on file with law enforcement will help you prove your case better when you file your claim. Police or animal control reports act as an official document proving that your dog bite incident actually took place.
It’s also not mandatory to report your dog bite injury to the insurance companies until you’re ready to file your claim. Chances are, they’ll reach out to you first, but always be cautious about accepting or signing anything with them. They’re trying to get you to accept a low settlement offer so they can absolve themself of any responsibility towards a higher settlement.
How Long After Reporting My Dog Bite Can I File a Claim?
After making a report with the authorities, you can report your damages to the at-fault party’s insurance company by filing a claim. This will then begin the process of negotiations that will decide how much compensation you can receive. You can do this at any time you want, but we typically recommend that you hold off until you build a strong case.
If you rush to file a claim for your dog bite, you risk having a weak case. This, in turn, will weaken your arguments and demands during negotiations as the insurance company will challenge them and place the blame on you. You have two years to file your claim, so while you don’t have too much time, you still have enough to build a solid case against the defense.
Should I Get a Dog Bite Attorney to Help Me?
You should always try to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Here at John Foy & Associates, we have experienced dog bite lawyers on our team that can help you pursue the maximum amount of compensation available for your dog bite. Remember, dog bites can leave nasty permanent injuries and cause a slew of damages that can wreak havoc on your financial well-being.
All dog owners have a responsibility to control and keep others safe from their pets. Their failure to do so is negligence under Georgia law. Don’t wait too long to talk to one of our lawyers. The longer time passes, the harder it becomes to fight for fair compensation.
Can I Negotiate for a Settlement Alone?
After reporting your dog bite to the proper authorities, you don’t have to go to a lawyer to file a claim and begin negotiations. However, we strongly recommend that you at least speak to us for a free consultation first. While some people can successfully negotiate a claim on their own, the vast majority aren’t.
Don’t fall victim to the manipulation insurance companies will go through to get you to settle for less. After all, they’re a business, and at the end of the day, they care more about themselves than you. They will do everything in their power to try and weasel their way out of paying you the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Let Our Dog Bite Lawyers Help You Today
Personal injury law surrounding dog bites can be extremely confusing. You don’t need to self-study for days on end to become an expert in your case. Instead, you can use that time to focus on healing and recovery from your dog bite injuries.
You may worry about how much it costs to retain a dog bite lawyer, but you shouldn’t. We never charge any upfront or hidden fees and all of our pricing is transparent to our clients. We will also never accept any payment unless we win you your settlement.
Call Us Today and Schedule an Appointment
You can schedule an appointment with one of our dog bite attorneys for a free consultation by filling out our online contact form or calling us at (404) 400-4000. We are available to provide you with the assistance you need 24/7. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our law office today. There is no risk or obligation involved when you contact us.