This is dog bite season, and with increased numbers of dog bites occurring in Georgia comes a need for information for the victims. You should consider doing the following if you are bit by a dog or other animal:
(1) Identify the best you can the animal that bit you. This is important for a number of reasons. First, it may save you the trouble and pain of having to undergo rabies treatments. Second, the animal’s owner may be legally liable to you for the damages you suffer because of the incident. Finally, the animal may pose a danger to others if left in public, and you should make sure that the proper authorities investigate the situation so that they can make appropriate arrangments to safeguard the public.Find out the owner’s name, the dog’s name, or anything else that will help you later identify the animal. Also, take a picture of the animal, if you can. This is always helpful.
(2) Seek medical attention. Complications from dog bites are rare, but potentially deadly. If you are a victim of a dog bite in Georgia, you should seek medical attention for you injureis as soon as possible after the attack. Once you see the doctor, make sure to follow the doctor’s advice. This will greatly reduce the possibility of potential complications and a disastorous outcome. Also, this is an important step to document your injuries. Many clients under treat as they may feel it is not necessary, however this only works against you if you want to bring a lawsuit later on. This is especially troublesome if the injuries worsen over time.
(3) Seek to find out the animal owner’s name, address, telephone number and drivers license number, if he or she will give you this information. It would also be helpful to know the owner’s insurance company and insurance agent’s name. Once the insurance information is determined, the claim should be set up with the homeowners’/dog owners’ insurance company to make sure that the claim will be honored. As with many other types of personal injury claims, obtaining a complete copy of the insurance policy is one of the first steps that the plaintiff’s lawyer will take, in order to properly pursue a dog bite case.
While it is important to note the size and type of the dog that attacked you, this is not really a determining factor as to whether the dog would be considered to be a “dangerous animal”. The most important factor in this regard is whether the dog has bitten someone before or if the dog has attempted to attack and innocent bystander without provocation in prior instances. If this is the case, the dog will be considered vicious in the chance of succeeding in any lawsuit based upon the dog tag is substantially increased.
This information should help you if suddenly become the victim of a dog bite.
Robert J. Fleming has successfully represented many clients injured due to the negligence of others. If you have been seriously injured, you can call Mr. Fleming directly on 404-525-5150 and contact us today for a free case evaluation. We are here to help.