Does the “One Bite” Law Apply in Atlanta, GA?
No, Georgia does not have a “One Bite” law, so your attorney must prove the dog’s owner was negligent in some way. Around the country, millions of people are attacked by dogs each year. Though dogs are typically seen as a beloved household pet that is usually “harmless,” the reality of dog bite injury is far more gruesome than the stereotype. 800,000 of the 4.7 million dog bites that occur each year across the U.S. require medical attention. Nearly 50% of these dog bites bring people into the emergency room.
Have you or your loved one been bitten by a dog and suffered serious injuries that required medical attention? Regardless of the breed of dog, owners must be held responsible when their dog attacks someone. It does not necessarily matter why they attacked, only that owners are held accountable for the actions of their pets.
Why Do Dogs Attack People?
You may be wondering how you can prevent dog attacks, or if there are ways you can prevent them at all. Unfortunately, most dog bites that are given medical attention are children. The best way to prevent your child from becoming a victim of a dog attack is to warn them not to touch animals they do not know.
More often than not, when dogs attack, they bite the face. Why do they choose the face and why do they attack at all? The common causes may surprise you:
- To show their power – biting someone, whether it’s someone the dog knows or doesn’t, can often be a sign the dog is trying to assert their dominance. They are trying to show they are the leader of their territory and no one should enter it but them. Signs of aggression can also be a result of interrupting your dog’s routine behavior, such as sleeping, cleaning itself, or even playing. Do not irritate a resting dog, and do not approach a dog that appears territorial. Do not fear them, but stay clear.
- Defensiveness – If the dog is afraid, and a stranger or family member approaches it abruptly, this can cause the dog to lash out. Think of how you, as a human being, react when a stranger or even someone close to you approaches you “out of nowhere.” Because of their nature, they can assume your intentions are bad when approached without warning.
- Punishment-induced biting – If a dog is being punished, they will react equally to the person punishing them. This is not just a matter of treating the dog right, but punishing them appropriately. It goes without saying that hitting or physically abusing a dog is animal abuse and could be another factor to help your case if you have been bitten by an abused dog.
What Should You Do After a Dog Bite Injury in Atlanta?
As a citizen of Georgia, you have many legal options that afford you the right to take owners to court, should your lawyer see fit. The course of action will largely depend on the history of the dog and its owner. If this is the dog’s first offense and the owner has shown no prior signs of animal neglect or abuse that may have encouraged the dog’s behavior otherwise, your case may not be as strong. Whereas, if the dog has attacked many times, this makes the case entirely different.
Though attacks and courses of action may be conditional overall, you should not feel hesitant in pursuing your legal options. If you or your loved one have been seriously affected, even hospitalized, you have every right to pursue legal action. Contact the dog bit injury attorneys at The Bader Law Firm. This is your life and they will fight for you when it comes to the legal process.
When it comes to any dog bite, seek medical attention first. Delaying your medical care does not look good in a court of law. If you fail to act on getting medical attention, the court is more likely to determine that your injuries are not severe enough to warrant further action. Some states have a “one bite law,” but the only way a Georgia dog-owner can be held responsible for their dog biting a person is if they have a history of violence or were not being properly watched or cared for by their owner at the time.
Atlanta Dog Bite Lawyers – The Bader Law Firm Can Help
Contact The Bader Law Firm at 678-562-5595 for a no-cost consultation to determine if you have legal recourse for your dog bite injury.