Handling dog bite cases in Georgia can be difficult. A dog bite case often involves investigating potential insurance policies available to cover your injuries, working with local police and animal control, and litigation. At HPS Law, our specialized dog bite lawyers will evaluate your case and determine the best path forward. Our consultations are always free of charge. To better understand your rights and rights, read through the dog bite victim FAQ below. Of course, HPS Law is always here to help. Please give us a call at 404-400-1175 for a free consultation to address your specific case.
Does it matter what type of dog or breed of dog bite me or bite my child?
No. We represent people injured by many different breeds of dogs. We have handled cases involving dog bites and attacks by Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Pitbulls, Dobermans, Great Danes, Dachshunds, and mutts, just to name a few. The size or the breed of dog does not make a difference.
A neighbor’s dog bit me. Do I have a case?
Under Georgia law, there are two main ways to prove your case if you have been bitten or attacked by a dog. The first way is to show that the dog was “running at large.” This basically means that the county or city has a leash law and the dog was not on a leash at the time of the attack. The second way is to show that the dog had “vicious propensities.” To do this, a dog attack victim must show that the dog owner knew or reasonably should have known it was likely the dog would attack someone.
What should I do if I have been attacked by a dog or bitten by a dog?
Seek emergency medical treatment and report the attack to animal control. If you know the owner of the dog that attacked you, ask the owner to provide a copy of the dog’s rabies vaccination and homeowner’s insurance policy. Next, call a specialized dog bite lawyer HPS law for your free consultation.
How does HPS Law evaluate potential dog attack and dog bite cases?
Every case is different. HPS Law evaluates each case on its own merit, but there are a few common factors we look for when evaluating a dog bite case. First, we look at the nature and severity of the injury, including scarring or secondary infection. We also evaluate if we are likely to win your case under the law regarding dog attacks in Georgia.
A neighbor’s dog killed or severely injured my dog. Do I have a case?
Yes, but the value of your case is limited. As much as we love our pets and consider them family, pets are considered personal property under Georgia law. Because pets are deemed personal property, you cannot recover pain and suffering as a result of your dog being attacked. In other words, the value of your claim is equal to what your pet’s medical treatment cost you following the attack. Our specialized team of dog bite lawyers at HPS Law do not handle these types of cases.