Dog bites can be serious incidents, leading to long-term injury and trauma to the victim. They can occur suddenly, due to owner negligence or illegal training by the owners. For instance, some people illegally train their dogs for fighting or as attack dogs. In cases like these, the owner may be held accountable if the dog bites. If you have been the victim of a dog bite in Atlanta, Kim Injury Law, P.C. is here to represent you in your personal injury case. For a free case review, contact us today.
Dog Attacks -The Law
In the state of Georgia, the laws regarding dog bites do not always favor the victim. In fact, there is a judge-made law on the books that specifically protects negligent dog owners from being made to compensate their victims, even if their inaction directly led to the dog bite in question. However, dog bite victims should not be discouraged; there are two ways that an animal owner can be found liable for the injuries sustained during an animal attack.
- Under the Scienter Ground, you will need to prove that the attacking animal was dangerous and that the owner should have known. The third component of this claim is that the owner was negligent in his or her handling of the animal. All three elements must be proved to in order for the dog owner to be held legally responsible, and therefore financially liable, for the attack.
- The Ordinance Ground requires proof of only two elements. First, the attack must have taken place in a municipality that has a leashing ordinance on the books. Second, the animal must have been off the leash when the attack occurred. No prior knowledge of viciousness on the part of the owners is required to find them liable in these cases.
If you have been the victim of a dog bite, it is wise to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer before making a claim. Because of the narrow liability laws for animal owners here in Georgia, it is better to see if you have a good case before taking someone to court. For a free review of your case, contact Kim Injury Law P.C. today.