Dogs are common in Lawrenceville. Dogs bite millions of people across the U.S. each year, and some 27,000 of these dog bite injuries are serious enough to require reconstructive surgery. Dog bite wounds can get infected, and bite victims may be forced to endure painful rabies shots. Young children are particularly susceptible to serious dog bites, and adults who are bitten may lose weeks from work or suffer permanent disabilities. If a dog in Lawrenceville has bitten you or your relative, it’s important to talk to a lawyer right away.
At John Foy & Associates, our team of dog bite lawyers has been helping victims recover money for their injuries for over 20 years. From our beginnings as a local law firm, we have always concentrated on helping victims of attacks and other injuries, never siding with insurance companies. We have now grown into one of Georgia’s largest and most well-regarded law firms, but we still focus on helping victims. Our Lawrenceville dog bite lawyers will meet with you for free to discuss your case. Contact us at 404-400-4000 to get your free consultation today.
What do I do if a dog bites me in Lawrenceville?
Always get medical attention as soon as you can after the attack. This might mean you need to call an ambulance, or it might mean going to a doctor or emergency room on your own. If you don’t need immediate medical attention, see what you can find out about the dog. Things to ask include:
- Who is the dog’s owner, and where does the owner live?
- Has the dog had its shots? Which ones, and when?
- Has the dog bitten people before?
In our experience, dog owners often don’t want to answer these kinds of questions. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have a good claim. At John Foy & Associates, we have a team of investigators who can track down the information we need about the dog that bit you. Our investigators visit the scene, talk to people who live nearby, and research public records to find out who owns the dog, what the neighbors know, and whether the dog has a history of biting people.
How can I report a dog bite in Lawrenceville?
If a dog bites you in the City of Lawrenceville, you should report it to two different local agencies:
- The Lawrenceville Police Department. An officer will come to the scene, talk to you and make an incident report. The incident report is essential for you to make a strong claim.
- Gwinnett County Animal Services. Whenever an animal attacks someone, Animal Control creates a report. Animal Control’s records can help locate or identify the dog that bit you. Their records can also show whether the dog has attacked people before.
What happens to the dog if I report a dog bite in Lawrenceville?
If the dog has never bitten anyone before, it usually won’t be punished for biting you. Under Georgia law, most dogs get “one free bite.” However, there are exceptions to this rule if the dog is a repeat offender or is a breed that’s known to be highly aggressive. Popular aggressive breeds include:
- Pit bulls
- Dogs that are part wolf
- All breeds created especially for fighting
Is the owner liable for dog bite injuries?
Under Georgia law, the owner is always liable. Dog owners have a legal responsibility to train their animals and keep them under control at all times. This may mean different things under different circumstances. Dogs may need to be kept on a leash, in a crate, or under close supervision while off leash. When owners don’t properly control a dog and the dog bites someone, the owner must pay for the consequences. Don’t let a dog owner make excuses or blame you for provoking the dog—they are still liable.
What money am I entitled to in a Lawrenceville dog bite claim?
Georgia’s laws allow you to recover 100 percent of your damages and costs. The kinds of damages the local courts might award you include:
- Medical expenses
- The cost of long-term rehabilitation or physical therapy
- The cost of treating your psychological injuries
- The wages you lost from missing work because of the attack
Court also often award substantial sums for pain and suffering or for serious, long-term disabilities and other losses. We know that money can never truly compensate you for the trauma of a dog attack, but it can help you maintain your footing financially as you move through the healing process.
What if my friend’s dog bit me?
A bite from a friend or family member’s dog is especially difficult because you naturally worry about damaging your relationship or upsetting someone you care about. However, it is important to report the bite to the authorities so you can begin the process of getting financial compensation for your injuries. Your friend or family member won’t have to pay for your care. You will be compensated by their insurance company—usually their homeowners policy—which is designed specifically for situations like this.
What if a dog bit me while I was working on the owner’s property?
As a hired worker, you have the same right to recover all of your costs and damages. Georgia law requires homeowners to provide a safe environment for people working on their property. And that means that dogs must be controlled. If a property owner’s dog bit you, you can file a dog bite claim, or you may be able to follow an easier process and file a workers compensation claim.
Are Lawrenceville dog bite lawyers expensive?
A dog bite lawyer shouldn’t cost anything up-front. At John Foy & Associates, our fee system is set up so that you don’t pay us anything unless we win you money. We think this is a fair way to give our clients quality legal help when they need it most.
Speak to a Lawrenceville Dog Bite Lawyer for Free
At John Foy & Associates, we’re one of the few law firms in Georgia with experience winning dog bite cases. With 20 years of experience, we have a solid track record of success. Talk to us for free and we’ll explain your rights and your legal options. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.