We all like to think of dogs as man’s best friend, but unfortunately that’s not always the case. Whether a dog is naturally aggressive, fearful, or sick, sometimes it can bite or even attack. A dog bite or attack can cause scarring or severe, even potentially fatal, wounds. Everyone is susceptible to being attacked by a dog, but children and elderly are among the most vulnerable to injuries from a dog. Children, who are naturally curious about dogs, are much closer to a dog’s height and have a higher risk of serious or fatal injuries because the dog has closer access to their head, neck, and upper body.
If you or a loved one has been bitten or attacked by a dog in Georgia, which caused injuries or hospitalization, you might be entitled to compensation—especially if the owner of the dog did not follow Georgia’s dog leash laws.
What the Dog Leash Laws Say in Georgia
In Georgia, most counties have dog leash laws that indicate you must either contain your dog on your property and when you’re off your property, a dog must be properly leashed and under control of a competent person. Some laws go one step further to say that your property should be fenced to prevent your dog from getting loose, and that any loose or unattended dogs will be picked up by the animal control services. If you are uncertain of what your individual county’s dog leash laws are, be sure to consult with a legal professional who can help you understand what your rights are.
Were you bitten by a dog that was off leash in a public place or unfenced and unattended? You may be able to pursue compensation for any medical bills that you incurred as a result of the injuries.
What Do I Do After a Dog Attack?
If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, the first thing that you should do is seek immediate medical attention. Even if the injuries don’t seem severe, you want to ensure that you have not been infected by a dog with rabies. If you have been infected with rabies, you will need to get a rabies shot immediately to prevent an infection. Rabies can quickly spread to the spinal cord and brain if left untreated.
If you are planning to pursue a lawsuit against the owner of the dog who attacked you, be sure that you keep every medical document that you receive for your records.
You don’t have to face the challenge of pursuing legal action alone. Contact the Fry Law Firm today at 404-969-1284. We can help you understand what the Georgia leash laws are, and help you determine whether legal action would be in your best interest.