Dallas Animal Attack Lawyer
According to recent data, Dallas, Georgia has a population of around 12,629. Many of those residents are families, with approximately 40% having children under the age of 18 years old in the home. While the family-friendly nature of Dallas makes it a popular spot for both residents and visitors, it also means that many of the city’s residents are vulnerable to animal attacks, as most dog bite victims are between the ages of 5 and 9 years old.
Being attacked by a dog can leave the victim, especially if he or she is a child, not only forced to struggle with the physical repercussions of resulting injuries, including disfigurement and scarring, but also emotional trauma. For this reason, recovering from this type of traumatic event can take years of physical and psychological treatment, all of which can be expensive to obtain. If you or your child were injured in an animal attack, it is critical to contact a Dallas animal attack lawyer who can evaluate your case.Strict Liability Law
Unlike many states, Georgia does have a strict liability dog bite law, which means that the owner of an animal that bites another person can be held automatically liable for the victim’s injuries if:
- The dog, or other animal, is considered dangerous or vicious;
- The animal was at large as a result of the owner’s carelessness; and
- The injured party did not provoke the animal.
Although Georgia does have a designation for dogs that have been labeled “dangerous,” proof that a dog has bitten someone on a prior occasion is not necessary to satisfy this element. In fact, providing evidence that a dog was required to be leashed according to city law and was not at the time of the attack could be enough to demonstrate an animal’s dangerousness. Another means of establishing that a dog was dangerous is to provide evidence that the animal’s owner knew that the dog had a tendency to behave aggressively because it had done so in the past, but failed to take steps to address it. When these elements are met, the injured party can collect damages to cover the cost of medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.
Georgia’s dog bite law was mainly written to address situations in which a victim was actually bitten. However, the statute also covers a wide range of injuries inflicted by any number of different animals, with the exclusion of domesticated livestock. For instance, a dog does not have to bite a person to fall under the purview of this statute, as even jumping up on a person and knocking him or her down, thereby causing that person to sustain an injury is compensable if the other elements of the law are fulfilled.Call Today to Schedule a Meeting with a Dedicated Animal Attack Attorney in Dallas
If you were injured by someone else’s animal, you should not have to bear the cost of treating your injuries on your own. Please call the Angell Law Firm, LLC at (770) 217-4954 today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced animal attack attorney serving Dallas who can address your questions and concerns. A member of our legal team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.