dog bite laws in Georgia

Understanding Dog Bite Laws in Georgia

Many dog bite victims are not only left with painful physical injuries, but trauma that lasts long after the wounds have healed. Severe injuries, and even catastrophic ones, may result from a dangerous dog attack. So, know your rights and the dog bite laws in Georgia after you’ve been victim of an animal attack.

If you have been bitten by a dangerous dog, contact Ross Moore Law today. 

Dog bite laws vary from state to state, making it incredibly important that your dog bite lawyer is local – and experienced in handling cases like yours. Attorney Ross Moore and our Atlanta personal injury lawyers will fight to hold the dog’s owner accountable and to maximize the compensation you receive. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!

What is the One Bite Rule?

Some states observe the One Bite Law which states that a dog’s owner is liable for damages if they knew (or reasonably should have known) about the dog’s aggressive nature. Keep in mind that a dog is not considered vicious unless it has bitten another person in the past. Put simply, the law holds owners accountable only if they knew that their dog was potentially dangerous and failed to take the necessary precautions.

Dog Bite Laws in Georgia

Dog bite laws in Georgia follows a modified version of the One Bite Rule, only holding a dog’s owner responsible if they knew their dog was dangerous and did not do anything to prevent an attack. 

If you were injured by a dog, your Atlanta dog bite lawyer will fight for the compensation you deserve. Here at Ross Moore Law, to prove that the dog owner is liable, we will gather evidence to show their negligence.

Damages That Can Be Recovered After a Dog Bite Injury

After suffering a dog bite, you may be eligible for several types of damages, including the following:

  • Economic: These damages are intended to compensate for financial losses, like medical expenses, lost wages, and other injury-related costs.
  • Non-economic: Intangible damages like these are more difficult to quantify, including  pain and suffering, anxiety, depression, and more.
  • Punitive: These damages are not awarded often, but are intended to deter the at-fault party from acting in a grossly negligent or intentionally harmful way again in the future,

What Happens If a Dog Bites Someone on Your Property?

In some instances, a dog that does not belong to you may bite someone while on your property. Stray dogs or those belonging to neighbors may enter your property, potentially injuring someone else. If an incident occurs, you may be held liable as the property owner. The dog bite victim may file a premises liability claim because you failed to protect them. 

The status of the person on your property is key. Here’s what you need to know:

Status #1 Invitee

If you invite someone onto your property, it is your responsibility to let them know about any potential risks. Even if the dog is not yours, you may be required to pay damages for any injuries that result.

Status #2: Licensee 

A licensee is someone who enters your property with your permission, such as a landscaper or a handyman doing work outside. You are liable for any losses if you fail to warn the licensee of danger or fail to fix a dangerous situation.

Status #3: Trespasser

In most cases, property owners are not liable if a trespasser is bitten by a dog while on the property illegally or without permission.

Get in Touch with an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer 

If you have been injured in a dog attack, contact Ross Moore Law today! Our Atlanta personal injury attorneys are equipped to fight for you, gathering the evidence needed to strengthen your dog bite case. We’ll even handle all communication with the insurance company, so you can focus on your recovery!

Visit us or message us today to schedule your free consultation! 

Conveniently located in Atlanta, GA, Ross Moore Law is proud to serve clients throughout Georgia – in Athens, Marietta, Peach Tree, Alpharetta, Macon and beyond! Our team also serves clients in Tennessee.

In addition to dog bite claims, our law firm handles a wide range of personal injury cases, including:

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