Every year, roughly 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States. Some are minor, but some are catastrophic events for everyone involved. Permanent scarring and tissue damage, not to mention emotional injury, can be the result of a serious dog bite. Whether you are the owner of the dog in question or the victim of a dog bite, contacting an attorney quickly is the wisest possible move.
Understanding Georgia Dog Bite Laws
Each state and commonwealth will have their own laws on the books regarding dog bites, and some are more complicated than others. Unfortunately for dog owners and victims of dog bites alike, Georgia dog bite laws are some of the most complicated in the country. Dog owners may be considered liable under the “one bite law” for injuries caused by a dog known to exhibit the potential to cause harm. This means that if the dog in question has ever shown aggressive behavior and the owner knows or should know the dog could attack someone, they may be held liable.
If your dog has bitten someone, you will naturally want to do everything you can to protect yourself and your dog from liability. If you are the victim of a dog attack, on the other hand, you want access to all possible recourse. Because Georgia dog bite laws can be so convoluted, both parties have the potential to find themselves stymied in the pursuit of justice.
Landlords who do not own a dog and who aren’t even present at the time of a dog attack may also find themselves in legal hot water, if the attack occurs on rented property involving a tenant. Georgia’s premises liability statute does allow for victims of a dog attack to base a claim against the owner of the property, as well as the owner of the dog.
Protecting Yourself Under Georgia Dog Bite Laws
There’s never a time when you want to enter into legal situations without appropriate representation. It’s particularly important to work with someone who can help protect your interests in a court of law, especially in complicated areas like dog bite laws. No matter which side of a dog bite incident you’re on, it is always best to speak with an attorney first. Kevin Race can help you navigate the complexities of Georgia dog bite laws while working to protect your interests.
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