Dog bites have become somewhat of an epidemic in the United States. There are almost 5 million victims each year, which is about 2% of the entire population. Of those dog bites, approximately 800,000 require medical attention, many in hospital emergency rooms. Most of the victims of dog bites who receive medical attention are children, half of whom are bitten in the face. It is estimated that 26 people die from dog bites each year.
Dog attack victims in the United States suffer over $1 billion in monetary losses every year. According to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2005, dog bites cost insurers over three hundred million dollars, and dog bite claims accounted for about 15% of liability claims dollars paid under homeowners insurance policies.
Georgia law states that a person who owns or keeps a vicious or dangerous animal that causes injury to another person may be liable for damages. You, as the dog bite victim, must show that the owner acted negligently by allowing the dog to run free or not having it properly under control on a leash or through verbal command.
According to the Centers for Disease Control dog bites send nearly 368,000 victims to hospital emergency rooms each year. In addition to the potential for infection and damage to the limbs and face, being bitten by a dog can cause emotional trauma, especially in young children. Although we often hear about certain breeds of dogs being prone to vicious attacks, be aware that nearly every breed of dog can bite under certain circumstances.
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At Robbins & Associates, PC, our Atlanta, Georgia attorney is experienced in helping people who have suffered dog bites receive the compensation to which they are entitled.
If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite due to the owner’s or keeper’s negligence, please contact our experienced Sandy Springs dog bite attorney today to schedule your free initial consultation.