If you have been bitten by a dog or other animal being irresponsibly maintained, you may have a dog/animal bite claim against the animal’s owner and you should call Decatur attorney, Andrew Lynch immediately.
We think of dogs as man’s best friend, and being injured by one can be confusing and frustrating. The first thing to do after being bitten is always to seek medical attention, a dog bite can cause a horrible infection, and dogs are carriers of many dangerous diseases such as rabies. After you receive the medical bill for these injuries many questions may come to mind such as who to hold responsible for it and how to seek damages. Fortunately, Georgia law makes this very clear.
According to O.C.G.A. § 51-2-7, the owner of a dog or other type of “vicious or dangerous animal” is responsible for injuries caused by that dog under the following conditions:
- The owner was aware that the animal has aggressive or vicious tendencies due to a history of being aggressive towards other people chasing people or other animals.
- The dog was not on a leash while in an area that requires them to be. In many Metro-Atlanta areas, all public spaces that are not specifically designated as dog parks require dogs to be on a leash at all times.
- The dog was not being confined to private property, or the dog was being otherwise allowed to roam free where they may injure a person.
- The victim did nothing to provoke the animal, and acted in no way aggressive towards the animal.
If you have been hurt by a dog or another dangerous animal under the above conditions, then you can seek compensation for your injuries from the owner of that animal. Compensation may include medical bills, time off work and pain and suffering. This law holds the owner of a dangerous animal accountable for the actions of that animal, and forces them to be responsible in how they keep that animal. When they fail in this responsibility, and allow a dangerous animal to go loose and harm you, they are clearly liable for the damages.
The statute of limitations for these types of cases is two years and, as is often the case with the law, the process can be lengthy. Call Atlanta-area attorney, Andrew Lynch today, and receive a free consultation to determine how to move forward with your animal and dog bite case.