If you or someone you love has been attacked by a dog in Sandy Springs, you need legal help. Each year, about 4.5 million Americans are bitten by a dog. Some dog bite injuries are minor, but one in five bites gets infected, and an estimated 27,000 people need reconstructive surgery annually. Unfortunately, many of the victims of dog bites are young children who suffer serious or life-threatening injuries. Don’t get stuck with medical bills for a bite that wasn’t your fault. A Sandy Springs dog bite lawyer can help.
At John Foy & Associates, we’ve spent the past 20 years getting victims of injuries and accidents the money they need to continue treatment and remain financially stable. Ever since our beginnings as a small local law office, we have focused on victims, never representing insurance companies that want to deny your claim. We are now one of Georgia’s largest and most highly regarded law firms, and we are here to help you. Let us give you a free consultation to talk about your injuries and discuss your options. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
If a dog bites me in Sandy Springs, what should I do?
The first thing you should do after any accident or attack is to get medical care for your injuries. However, if the attack is not so severe that you need to go to the hospital immediately, you can try to collect some information about the dog and its owner:
- The owner’s name, address and other contact information
- The dog’s history of shots
- Whether the dog has bitten people in the past
When a dog bites someone, it’s not unusual for the owner to become defensive, refuse to answer questions, or even blame you for what happened. Or you may have been bitten by a dog that was roaming around on its own. Don’t let this worry you or discourage you from reporting the bite or making a claim. At John Foy & Associates, we will build your case for you. We send investigators to the scene to talk to neighbors who might know the dog or its owner. We will also research public records to find out whether the dog has a history of biting.
Who should I report a dog bite to in Sandy Springs?
In the City of Sandy Springs, there are two agencies involved in dog bite cases. You should report your bite to both of them:
- The Sandy Springs Police Department will send officers to the scene. The officers will talk to you, the dog’s owner and any witnesses and prepare a report that will be used as evidence in your claim.
- Fulton County Animal Services handles reports of all types of animal attacks. Their records can locate or identify a dog or show whether the dog has bitten people before.
Will the dog have to be put down if I report a bite?
It’s unusual for a dog to be put down after biting someone. In fact, Georgia’s laws give dogs “one free bite,” which acts like a warning to dogs and their owners when the dog has never bitten anyone before. However, the one free bite rule may not apply if the dog is a member of a highly aggressive breed that is often associated with attacks. These breeds can include:
- Pit bulls
- Dog and wolf hybrids
- Other breeds created especially for fighting
Who will be liable for my dog bite?
The dog’s owner will be liable. Unlike dogs, the owners do not a “free bite”—they are always responsible for the actions of their pet. When a dog bites someone, it means that the owner failed to control the animal. It’s common for dog owners to defend their animals and blame the victim, but don’t fall for this. If the dog bit you, the owner is legally liable.
How much money can I recover in a dog bite case in Sandy Springs?
The amount of your financial recovery will depend on the circumstances of your case. However, under Georgia law, the local courts can award you money for all your losses. This typically includes:
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy or other rehabilitation services
- Treatment for mental health issues caused by the attack
- Lost wages to make up for missed work time because of the bite
Courts also may award substantially more money if you have a severe injury, ongoing pain, or a long-term disability. We don’t believe that money can undo the devastating effects of an animal attack, but it can ease the strain of large medical bills and lost time from work, helping you and your family to focus on the healing process.
Should I file a claim if my friend’s dog bit me?
Yes. Many people find it hard to report a dog bite when the dog’s owner is someone they know and care about. You may feel pressure from your friend or may worry that your friend will get in trouble or have to pay your medical bills. But your dog bite claim is with your friend’s homeowner’s insurance company, not a personal attack on your friend. The money you get will help you recover, and your friend will not pay out of pocket. In many cases, your friend may feel bad about what happened and will be happy to see you get the care you need.
What if I was bitten when I was working on the owner’s property?
Hired workers have the same rights as everyone else. Georgia’s laws require homeowners to make their property safe for people who work there. That means they must crate or otherwise control their dogs when workers are present. As a hired worker, you are entitled to file a dog bite claim, and you may even be eligible to file a claim under workers compensation.
What will a Sandy Springs dog bite lawyer cost me?
You should never pay anything up-front for a lawyer to help with your dog bite claim. At John Foy & Associates, our policy is to not charge anything unless we win you money. That means your consultation is free, and you won’t be charged any out of pocket fees. We want you to have quality legal help without worrying about how you’re going to pay for it.
Talk to a Sandy Springs Dog Bite Lawyer for Free
There are a lot of lawyers who say they handle dog bite cases, but there aren’t so many who know how to win them. At John Foy & Associates, we have been getting financial recovery for dog bite victims for more than 20 years. When you meet with us for a free consultation, we’ll go over your case and explain your options. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.