It is not uncommon for a Georgia family to keep a pet at home for their own enjoyment and it is especially not uncommon for the pet to be a dog. Dogs are known for the love they offer to their humans and the loyalty they exhibit to the individuals who care for them. A good dog is a good friend and companion to a person who is willing to put in the time to love the animal.
However, not all dog owners are responsible and treat their animals with kindness and respect. In some situations, dogs may become violent or even dangerous to humans when their natural propensities are not curtailed and they do not receive the training they need to be safe. In Georgia, the owner of a dangerous dog is required to keep them contained to prevent injuries to others.
If a dangerous dog is allowed to roam free or is not properly restrained, the owner of that dog may be held legally accountable for any and all harm that their creature inflicts upon others. This can include but is not limited to medical treatments and care for a victim who sustains injuries when the dangerous dog attacks.
One important clause in the Georgia dog bite law involves the role of provocation. If a victim is found to have provoked or instigated the violence in the dog that attacked them then they may have more trouble proving their claims. However, victims of dog bites and attacks should speak with attorneys about their cases. This post is offered as an introduction to the topic of dog bite litigation and should not be read as legal advice.