Animal Liability and Dog Bite Cases

Dogs and other pets are typically harmless family companions. While many dogs have never bitten anyone, factors such as improper training, abuse, or provocation may cause an animal like a pit bull to lash out.

If you or a loved one have been bitten or attacked by someone’s pet, contact the dog bite attorneys at Ashenden & Associates, P.C. for legal counsel. If we take on your case, our experienced team of Atlanta personal injury lawyers will do everything in their power to obtain fair compensation for your suffering.

Continue reading for more information about dog bite cases in Georgia, or contact Ashenden & Associates, P.C. to schedule a free consultation today.

Dog Bites and Other Animal Liability Cases

While dog bites are the most common instances of animal liability, other pets and livestock may cause injury. Some household pets, such as cats and snakes, may occasionally cause serious injury, as well as livestock that has been negligently contained.

Dog bites and other animal attacks can cause moderate to severe injuries. Many dog bites occur on and around the face, causing scarring and a difficult recovery process. Dog bites and attacks can also be scarring emotionally; many people who have been bitten are afraid of dogs for many years following the attack.

Proving Dog Bite Liability in Georgia

Georgia law supports the victims of dog bites, but victims must prove that the owner should be held liable for the attack.

While dog bite laws vary in different states, some of the common ways that establish liability in Georgia dog bite cases include:

  • Showing the dog had vicious propensities or tendencies before the attack
  • Showing that the owner or caretaker of the dog was careless or negligent in their handling of the dog
  • Proving a violation of a local ordinance which required the dog to be on a leash or restrained. Establishing such a violation will negate the need to prove the vicious propensity of the dog.

If the bite is the result of provoking the dog, in our experience there typically would not be a case at all.

In many dog bite cases, the attack will be covered by the homeowner’s insurance of the dog owner or caretaker, even if the attack did not occur on the owner’s property.

Contact Ashenden & Associates, P.C. for Dog Bite Legal Help

No one deserves to suffer the trauma caused by an unprovoked animal attack. Please contact the team at Ashenden & Associates, P.C. in Atlanta to schedule a consultation. Our attorneys have experience working specifically on dog bite cases and other animal liability cases, and will work with you to decide whether you have a strong case, and if you do we will vigorously protect your rights and zealously fight to assure you get the full compensation allowed by law.

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