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Using Georgia dog bite laws to hold negligent parties liable

At The McGarity Group, LLC, we understand that dog bites typically involve a family member, friend or acquaintance. This fact can make it awkward for you to pursue available legal remedies, so we handle your case with consideration. Our first step is to negotiate on your behalf with the dog owner or insurance company. If not successful, however, we are prepared to take your case to court to obtain the full and fair compensation you are owed for your damages.

Types of dog bites

Animals are unpredictable. A loving pet can turn on you when provoked or for no reason.  Concerning canine attacks, there are four main types of dog bites:

  • Unreported dog bites. Many victims of dog bites do not report the incident. Unfortunately, the failure to report a bite may lead to the attack not being taken seriously and to future bites.
  • Minor dog bites. Minor bites involve injuries that have no lasting physical effects, such as bruising, scratches or punctures from a dog’s tooth or nail that requires no treatment or a minimum amount of treatment.
  • Serious to severe dog bites. Serious to severe bites involve an attack that results in multiple deep punctures, lacerations or avulsions requiring suturing or surgery, and which may require hospitalization. This type of injury also includes less serious bites that have become infected and require hospitalization.
  • Fatal dog bites. Fortunately, even though they receive much publicity, fatal dog bites are rare.

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a canine or other animal, our seasoned legal team can help you determine your damages and offer information on possible remedies.

Blacklisted dog breeds

While your dog may be a sweetheart at home, its breed may be considered aggressive by others. Examples of blacklisted dog breeds considered dangerous include:

  • Akitas
  • Alaskan malamutes
  • Presa Canarios
  • Chow Chows
  • Doberman pinschers
  • German shepherds
  • Pit bull terriers
  • Rottweilers
  • Siberian huskies

It should be noted that just because a dog is certain breed does not mean that’s the cause of a dog attack. Most aggressive canines become that way as a result of negative human contact, and at The McGarity Group, LLC, we thoroughly investigate the various factors that contributed to your incident.

Types of injuries from animal attacks

Dog or other animal attacks can have mild to severe consequences. If an animal has bitten you, it is essential that you seek legal help because bites can result in:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Scratches and cuts
  • Contraction of a disease
  • Permanent scarring or disfigurement
  • Emotional trauma
  • Broken bones
  • Loss of a limb
  • Death

If you or a loved one is bitten, you immediately should seek medical attention. Contacting a personal injury lawyer in Atlanta to represent you with seeking your legal remedies is also in your best interests.

Is the owner responsible when a dog bites?

Georgia law imposes strict liability for injury to a person by an animal considered “vicious” or “dangerous.” The victim must show that the animal was at large due to the careless management of the owner and that the victim did not provoke the animal into attacking. Thus, it is important for a dog bite victim to seek legal assistance with making a claim for recovery after an attack. Our legal team can advise you if you meet the requirements under Georgia law to recover fair compensation for your injuries.

Schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your dog bite injury

If you are the victim of a dog bite or other animal attack, our attorneys at The McGarity Group, LLC are prepared to help. Contact us at 877.851.4261 or online to schedule your free initial consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay no fees or costs unless we recover on your behalf.

The McGarity Group helps their clients with all dog bite injury related matters throughout Metro-Atlanta including the cities of Buford, Duluth, Atlanta, and Lawrenceville. 

About the Firm

The McGarity Group, LLC is located in Buford, Georgia and serves clients in and around Metro Atlanta and throughout the State of Georgia.

Buford Office

5328 Lanier Islands Parkway
Suite 202
Buford, Georgia 30518

Phone: 877.851.4261
Fax: 770.932.8437