Millions of Americans suffer the devastating effects of dog bites each year. Even a relatively minor bite can require stitches or lead to infections. A more severe bite or attack can leave you among the 27,000 people each year who have to undergo reconstructive surgery because they were bitten by a dog. You may have difficulty returning to work. Or, tragically, you may be the parent of a small child who was attacked. If you or a family member has suffered a dog bite in Roswell, you need assistance from a Roswell dog bite lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, we help dog bite victims get the money they need to pay for their treatment and recovery. We have been representing victims of dog bites and other animal attacks for more than 20 years. When we started our small law office, we dedicated ourselves to helping victims, and we have never lost that focus. Today, we are one of the most well-regarded law firms in Georgia. Our Roswell dog bite lawyers would like to give you a free consultation to talk about your case and explore your options. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What can I do if I have a dog bite in Roswell?
Always take care of your immediate medical needs before you do anything else. However, if you don’t have to go to the hospital right away, you can stay at the scene and try to get some information about the dog. Ask these questions:
- Who is the dog’s owner and what is their address?
- Has the dog had its shots? Find out as much as you can about its vaccination record.
- Does this dog have a history of biting people?
Don’t be surprised if the dog’s owner doesn’t want to answer your questions. Or, you may not even be able to find out who the dog belongs to. Don’t worry. At John Foy & Associates, we’ll send our investigative team to the neighborhood to find out as much as possible about the dog and its owner. We’ll talk to people who live nearby and may know the animal, the owner, and their history. We’ll also delve into public records to find out if the dog has bitten anyone before.
Do I need to report a dog bite in Roswell?
Yes, it helps your case. Dog bites in the City of Roswell should be reported to two different government agencies. Report all bites to:
- The Roswell Police Department. A police officer will arrive at the scene, take witness statements and prepare an incident report. The police report is a powerful piece of evidence in your claim.
- Animal Control. Animal Control prepares reports of animal attacks. It also maintains records that may help locate the dog that bit you, and may show whether the dog has a record of past bites.
Will reporting a dog bite cause the dog to be put down?
Not usually, no. Under Georgia law, dogs have “one free bite,” meaning they won’t be penalized the first time they bite someone. However, the “one free bite” rule may not apply if a dog has a history of violent behavior or is part of a breed that’s known to be highly aggressive. Highly aggressive breeds include:
- Pit bulls
- Dog/wolf mixes
- Dogs bred specifically for fighting
Who has liability in a dog bite claim in Roswell?
When a dog bites someone, the dog’s owner is always liable. Dog owners in Georgia have a legal responsibility to keep their animals under control. That might mean keeping a dog on a leash while out in public, in a crate when guests are on the property, or under close supervision in open areas or dog parks. When a dog bites someone, the owner has failed to live up to this responsibility and must pay for the damage the dog causes. Dog owners don’t like to admit their animals could harm someone, but remember that they—not you—are the ones to blame when a dog turns aggressive.
How much money can I recover in an animal attack in Roswell?
You can recover ALL the costs of your injuries. The local courts in Rowell will typically award costs and damages for the following:
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation
- Treatment for psychological trauma caused by the attack
- Loss of pay, if you had to miss work because of the attack
A judge may award you additional money for pain and suffering, permanent disability, or other severe and long-lasting losses. We don’t believe that money can ever truly compensate for the horrible trauma of an animal attack. The purpose of this money is to give you the financial stability you need to make as full of a recovery as possible.
What if the dog that attacked me belonged to a friend?
Always report a dog bite, no matter who owns the dog. In our long history of representing dog bite victims, we’ve noticed that people don’t like to make a fuss if a friend or family member’s dog bites them. We understand that you don’t want to get anyone in trouble, but we have also seen the tremendous difference it can make if you are able to get money to pay for your medical treatment. Remember—you are not making a claim against your friend. Your claim will be a private matter between you and their insurance company. Your friend does not have to pay for your injuries out of pocket.
Can I still win money if I was working on the dog owner’s property?
Yes, you have the same rights as anyone else. In addition to controlling their animals, property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe for people who work there. If a dog bites you while you are working on a dog owner’s property, you can file a dog bite claim, and you may even be able to pursue a workers compensation claim that will get you money even more quickly.
How do I find the best dog bite lawyer near me?
A lot of law firms claim they handle dog bite cases, but few have real experience getting results. Look for a lawyer who has succeeded in recovering money for dog bite victims in the past. Make sure your lawyer is truly interested in helping victims—you don’t want someone who takes any kind of case they can get. And you should never have to pay money to a personal injury lawyer unless the lawyer wins you money.
Talk to a Roswell Dog Bite Lawyer for Free
At John Foy & Associates, we have over 20 years experience getting dog bite victims the money they need to move forward with their healing process. We offer a free consultation, and we will never ask you to pay us anything unless we get you money. Don’t delay. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.