Getting bitten by a dog can be a frightening and painful thing for the person who is being bitten. However, it is a dog’s natural instinct to protect himself and the people he considers part of his “pack.” Georgia dog bite injury laws attempt to take both of these realities into account. According to Georgia’s Dog Bite Statute, which applies to other animals as well as dogs, there are three key requirements that must be met for a person to hold the owner of a dog or other animal legally responsible for their pet’s actions. They must prove that the animal is 1) vicious or dangerous, that 2) the owner was careless with the pet or allowed it to go “at liberty,” which resulted in the injury, and that 3) the injured person did not provoke the animal to act inappropriately.
The Georgia One Bite law holds the owner of a dog responsible for a bite or other injury if it can be reasonably concluded from the dog’s typical behavior that they may be inclined to bite. Behaviors that may indicate this tendency include previous bites, habitually barking at or chasing strangers without provocation, growling, jumping on people, fight training, or complaints from neighbors about the dog. When any of these conditions are present, dog owners are put on notice that their dog is considered potentially dangerous, and it is their responsibility to take the proper precautions to assure that their dog does not injure someone by biting or jumping on them.
Hiring a dog bite lawyer is a good idea regardless of which side of the issue you are on. If you live in Kennesaw, a dog bite lawyer can help you prove your case if you were bitten by a dog without provoking that behavior. You may also want to get a dog bite attorney if you feel your dog is being falsely accused of viciously biting someone or if they only bit after they were being teased.
Depending on the size of the dog and the victim, a dog bite can be a minor injury that will heal quickly or it can be a major injury resulting in nerve damage, lifetime disfigurement, and in extreme cases death. If a dog bites once without provocation there is a good chance it may bite someone else. A Kennesaw dog bite attorney can not only help you get compensation from the dog owner that will help you pay medical bills or deal with long term effects of the injury.
In both Kennesaw and Acworth, the Law Offices of Roger Ghai has the experience in various personal injury cases, including dog bite cases and can get to the bottom of the circumstances surrounding a dog bite. The firm is headed by dog bite attorney Roger Ghai who has more than 25 years of experience as a lawyer and is ready to help. If you’ve been bitten, or you believe your dog has been unjustly accused contact the Law Offices of Roger Ghai at 770-792-1000 to set up a consultation, or stop by our Kennesaw office.