According to the CDC, nearly 4.7 million dog bites occur every year. Of those 4.7 million, 800,000 seek medical attention, and nearly 400,000 seek emergency medical care. Dog bites can cause serious injuries including muscle and nerve damage, lacerations, puncture wounds, and infections.
If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog, it’s important to file a dog bite claim. Learn more about this common claim from the Georgia dog bite attorneys at Cohen & Sinowski, P.C.
What to Do in the Case of a Dog Bite
If you are bitten by a dog, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if the bite may not seem life-threatening, animal bites can cause infection and should be treated. After treating the bite, get as much information as you can about the dog involved and the owner as well, including contact information, animal vaccination records, and insurance information.
Take pictures of the injury and the circumstances of the attack if possible. All of this information can help you receive compensation from your dog bite injury.
People who have experienced dog bite injuries may be eligible to receive compensation for:
- Reimbursement for Medical Expenses
- Punitive Damages
- Future Medical Expenses
- Past and Future Reimbursement of Lost Wages
- Past and Future Pain and Suffering
- Permanency of Injury
How to Prove Dog Owner Negligence or Liability
There are two types of animal bite cases that make a person eligible to receive compensation.
First, did the pet’s owner fail to reasonably control the dog, or did they violate leash laws? If so, their actions are considered negligent, and the owner is considered to be at fault.
Second, there is a cause of action known as vicious propensity. If a dog is known to be dangerous, i.e. caused someone injury before, then the owner is at fault if the dog causing injuries as a result of the dog being carelessly managed or allowed to run free.
For example, if a person goes jogging and someone’s dog jumps up and bites them, the owner is considered negligent for failing to prevent that from happening. No history of prior aggression or violence is necessary to prove negligence. However, if the dog is known to be dangerous, then its owner is considered guilty of a strict liability action.
Contact the Dog Bite Attorneys at Cohen & Sinowski, P.C.
If you or a loved one have been bitten and injured by a dog bite, contact the dog bite lawyers at Cohen & Sinowski, P.C. to start your claim. Our experienced team can help you receive compensation for your injuries and pain and suffering.
Call us at 404-351-8888, or request a free legal consultation online.