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While most victims would never expect to be injured by man’s best friend, a dog attack can cause devastating injuries in just a few moments. Unsurprisingly, most dog attacks involve neighborhood pets biting or attacking children.

Georgia law states the owner is responsible for attacks by their animal if they were negligent, and an unprovoked attack fits the bill.

A lawyer could help you receive the compensation you deserve if you or a loved one suffered injuries from a dog attack.

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Dog Attack Laws

Unlike some other states, Georgia’s laws tend to favor the dog owner. However, in 2012 the government passed the ‘Responsible Dog Ownership Law.’ These state that a dog owner can be liable for their dog’s attack, but only under certain circumstances. Your lawyer will need to prove three things.

First, they’ll need to show that the dog is ‘vicious’ or ‘dangerous.’ You can do this by proving that the dog was off-leash illegally. Your lawyer will look into the dog’s history to see if it has bitten other people before or has shown aggressive tendencies.

Next, they’ll need to show that the dog was at-large due to the owner’s carelessness.

Third, they will need to prove that you or the injured party did not provoke the dog in any way.

In many cases, dog attacks are he said she said cases. If you or your loved one received serious injuries and, as a result, have incurred high medical bills, consider working with a lawyer.

If your case is successful, the dog owner could be liable for your medical expenses and lost wages. They also may need to compensate you for your pain and suffering. Your lawyer can help you determine what costs you should claim.

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Why Work With a Lawyer?

Caring for an injured child takes time, money, and energy. You might be too overwhelmed to structure a successful case. If you were the one injured, you might be in too much pain to submit a claim.

A lawyer can ensure you don’t miss any deadlines and determine if you should pursue a case. Although money cannot erase the attack and resulting injury, it can help you pay for better medical care or any other unexpected expenses.

Your lawyer can also help you determine who to sue. Sometimes, you might receive compensation directly from the dog owner. In other cases, you might need to go through their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance.

Dog attacks can cause serious injuries, sometimes resulting in disabilities. If you are unable to continue working, a lawyer can also help you apply for disability benefits.

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Michael LaScala is a seasoned personal injury attorney in Atlanta. He has worked as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense lawyer, giving him a broad base of experience in the Georgia legal system. Call the LaScala Firm at (404) 881-8866 today to arrange a consultation.