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Dog Bite

Have you or someone you know been bitten by a dog? Over 4 million dog bites occur each year and 1 million of those bites result in the victim seeking emergency medical treatment.

Every dog bite should be taken seriously and our dog bite attorneys can assist you through the entire process.  We understand dog bite injuries and the prospective law governing those injuries.  We will get you the compensation you deserve.

Steps you should take if you have been bitten by a dog:

  • The dog bite victim needs to be taken to a safe place away from the assailant dog
  • Wound should be kept elevated, if possible, washing the wound may be attempted
  • Seek medical assistance

There are two ways an animal owner (or handler) may be found liable for injuries inflicted by his dog:

1.) The scienter ground requires proof of three elements.  Specifically, the victim must prove that the animal was dangerous or vicious, that the defendant had the requisite degree of knowledge, and that the defendant either carelessly managed the animal or allowed it to go at liberty.

2.) The ordinance ground requires proof of two elements.  The plaintiff must prove that the animal was not at heel or on a leash as required by a local ordinance, and that the defendant either carelessly managed the animal or allowed it to go at liberty.

Let us walk you through the process. If you have been bitten by a dog, our experienced attorneys are ready to assist you with your case.  Don’t hesitate to call us at 912-764-3434.

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