Norcross Animal Attack Lawyer
While pets are often treated as members of the family, the reality is that they can also cause serious injuries. Norcross residents were reminded of this in May when a rabid cat attacked three people and several animals. The animal was eventually captured and tested, which revealed that it had contracted rabies. Unfortunately, this is only one example of the dangers posed by pets, as thousands of people are injured every year from dog bites alone. Fortunately, in Georgia, those who are injured by another person’s pet can collect compensation to pay for their medical bills and other losses, so if you were injured by someone else’s animal, you should consider contacting an experienced Norcross animal attack lawyer who can explain your legal options.Statutory Law
Under Georgia law, a person who is injured by another person’s animal can hold the animal’s owner liable for damages. However, before an injured party can collect compensation, he or she must demonstrate that:
- The animal was dangerous;
- The owner did not use reasonable care in restraining the animal; and
- The victim did not provoke the animal.
While it is possible to show that someone’s dog was dangerous by referring to past incidents in which the animal attacked another person or animal, this is not always necessary. In fact, the Georgia Supreme Court recently stated that proof of an actual attack or bite is not required to prove that an animal was dangerous. Instead, evidence demonstrating that an animal had lunged or snapped at someone on a prior occasion could be considered sufficient evidence of an animal’s dangerous propensities if the owner was aware of the incident. However, a plaintiff may not even have to prove that an animal was dangerous if he or she was injured when the animal was required to be on a leash, but it was instead running free. It is not always easy to prove that a dog was dangerous or that its owner was violating a city law by failing to leash it at the time of the attack, so if you were injured by an animal, it is important to speak with an animal attack attorney in Norcross who can gather the evidence you need.Dangerous Dogs
Georgia also has separate laws in place that specifically address dangerous dogs, which are those that have previously been labeled “potentially dangerous,” and have since aggressively bitten or attacked someone without provocation. Once an animal has been deemed dangerous by the appropriate authorities, its owner is required to register it with the city, provide a proper enclosure for the dog, and purchase an insurance policy against liability for injuries inflicted by the animal. When a dog that has been labeled dangerous attacks another person, the owner is held solely liable for the injuries. Further, if the animal’s owner did not comply with the laws required of a dangerous dog owner, he or she could also face felony charges.Call Today to Discuss Your Case with a Norcross Animal Attack Lawyer
Those who are injured by someone else’s animal often face an uphill battle in court, so if you were bitten by a dog or another animal, please contact an animal attack attorney serving Norcross at the Angell Law Firm by calling us at (770) 217-4954.