The morning you set out to take a leisurely stroll through the park probably felt like any other. You certainly never expected to come across a dog that would lash out and viciously bite you. But these incidents unfortunately do happen. While the injuries suffered can be both physically and mentally exhausting, it’s important to understand the general scope of dog bite liability. By pairing with an experienced attorney, you can get the justice you deserve.
In the immediate aftermath of a dog bite, all focus should be put on your medical wellbeing. Even if the injuries don’t seem particularly serious, medical professionals should be called right away so you can get an educated diagnosis of you condition. Once your wellbeing has been established, it’s important to get at least basic contact information from the dog’s owner including their name and phone number. If there are any witness around, their contact information should be gathered as well.
From there, it’s a matter of establishing negligence and liability. In Georgia, anyone who keeps a “vicious or danger animal” that causes harm to another person without provocation can be held liable for those injuries. It needs to be proven that the animal should have been restrained in some way or at a heel during the time of the attack. This is why it’s so crucial to gather as much contact information at the scene of the incident as possible. The more witnesses that can corroborate your story – that the dog lashed out without provocation – the more likely it is for the owner to be held liable and for you to receive the compensation you deserve.
Navigating dog bite injuries is stressful. With the proper guidance, however, you can formulate a strong plan of legal action and hold the negligent party responsible. There’s no reason you should have to suffer through such an incident without getting the justice you deserve.