Unfortunately, dog bites are a common occurrence in Georgia, and affect millions of people nationwide. Even a simple bite can have devastating consequences, ranging from infections to rabies to serious wounds. About 27,000 people have to undergo reconstructive surgery each year because of dog bites. And many of the most seriously injured victims are young children or adults whose injuries leave them struggling to return to work. If a dog has bitten you or a relative in Stockbridge, it’s important to get help from an experienced dog bite lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, we have two decades of experience helping dog bite victims get the financial recovery they’re entitled to. Ever since we opened our first law office, we have been committed to representing victims of accidents and attacks, not the insurance companies who want to deny your claim. Over the years, we have expanded to become one of the largest and most highly respected law firms in Georgia. Our Stockbridge dog bite lawyers offer a free consultation to talk about your claim. Contact us today at 404-400-4000 to arrange your free consultation.
If I’ve been bitten by a dog in Stockbridge, what should I do next?
First, you should take care of your medical needs, and call an ambulance to the scene if necessary. If you do not need immediate medical care, you can help your case by getting some information about the dog and its owner. Here are some questions to ask:
- Whose dog is this, and where do they live?
- Has the dog had its shots, and if so, which ones and when?
- Does this dog have a past history of biting people?
The dog’s owner may not want to answer your questions, and that’s not unusual. Or you may be unable to find the owner. Don’t let that discourage you. At John Foy & Associates, our investigative team will get the information we need to support your case. We will visit the neighborhood and talk to people. We’ve found that in many cases, someone knows the dog and the owner. We can also research public records to learn about previous dog bites.
Should I report a dog bite in Stockbridge?
You should always report dog bites in the City of Stockbridge. Here are the two authorities that you should contact:
- The Henry County Police Department. Get yourself to safety and call the police while you are still at the scene. The police will prepare an incident report which can be essential to your claim.
- Animal Control. Animal control reports all animal attacks. They may be able to identify the dog and its owner, may help to locate the dog, and will know whether this dog has a history of attacks.
If I report a dog bite in Stockbridge, what will happen to the dog?
It’s highly unusual for a dog to be put down after biting one person. As long as the dog is not a member of an especially aggressive breed, Georgia law will give the dog “one free bite” without any penalty. However, the rules may be different for dogs that have bitten people repeatedly or for dogs from these types of aggressive breeds:
- Pit bulls
- Dog/wolf blends
- Dogs from breeds created for fighting
Are dog owners liable when their dogs bite someone?
Dog owners are always liable for dog bites. The law on liability in Georgia is quite simple: dog owners must train and control their dogs. If they don’t, they are responsible for the consequences. So when an owner does not crate, leash or properly supervise a dog and the dog bites someone, the owner must bear the cost. The dog’s owner may be quick to blame you or minimize the damage, but legally the owner is liable.
Can I recover money in a dog bite claim in Stockbridge?
If you have been bitten by a dog, the local courts will follow Georgia law and allow you to recover for all of the expenses and damage that resulted. Most dog bite cases involve these types of damages:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation or ongoing physical therapy
- Treatment for psychological injuries
- The pay you lost if you missed work as a result of the bite
Some dog bite victims recover much more, in the form of court awards for pain, suffering, disabilities and other severe losses. Money can never put you where you were before the dog bite, but it can help you and your family maintain your financial equilibrium while you heal.
What do I do if I was bitten by a friend’s dog?
We’ve seen many dog bite victims who were afraid to report the bite or pursue a claim because they didn’t want to upset their friend or damage a relationship. But suffering in silence isn’t good, and these same people have been happy and relieved when their friend’s insurance company paid for their treatment. Always report a dog bite, and remember that your claim isn’t against your friend personally. It will be handled by their homeowners or other insurance, and you friend will not pay out of pocket.
What should I do if I’m bitten while working on the dog owner’s property?
Report the bite, and remember that you have the same rights as anyone else. State law requires property owners to make their property safe for the people who work there. Dogs must be kept under control. In addition to filing a dog bite claim, you may also have the right to file a workers compensation claim, which may lead to a quicker and easier financial recovery.
Does it cost a lot of money to hire a Stockbridge dog bite lawyer?
At John Foy & Associates, we believe that people who have been injured shouldn’t have to pay large amounts up front for legal help. That’s why we offer a free consultation, and if you hire us, we won’t charge you a dime unless we are able to get you money. We want you to get the financial recovery you deserve.
Speak to a Stockbridge Dog Bite Lawyer for Free
There are a lot of dog bite lawyers out there, but there aren’t many who have experience winning dog bite cases. John Foy & Associates has a 20-year record of successfully helping dog bite victims recover the money they need and deserve. At our free consultation, we’ll discuss 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.