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Monday, June 2, 2014

Personal Injury Attorneys in Stockbridge, Georgia: What to do if you were Bitten by Someone Else's Dog

Initial reactions to a dog bite can range from fear and anger to dealing with a life-threatening emergency. What should you do if you, or a loved one, is bitten by someone else's dog?

As a personal injury attorney located in Henry County, I have extensive experience successfully handling dog bite cases here in Georgia. Laws regulating pet owners vary by city, county and state. But regardless of where you live, this is what you need to do if you are ever injured by someone else's dog:

First, and most obvious, if you are injured you should seek medical attention immediately. Any open wounds should be kept elevated and thoroughly cleaned before infection sets in. Injuries that did not break the skin but result in pain and swelling should also be assessed by a medical professional.

Second, identify the pet owner and any potential witnesses. If you have a friend at the scene, enlist him or her to gather personal information before everyone disappears. Witnesses can be a valuable asset to your case and the dog owner's contact information will be necessary to request shot records for the dog, and pursue compensation for your injuries.

Third, consult with a local personal injury attorney. The sooner the better, as you can review the details of the incident while it is still fresh in your mind. An experienced personal injury attorney will:

  • Protect your rights under local laws.

  • Assist with gathering important information and evidence from the pet owner and any witnesses.

  • Provide valuable advice on how to file insurance claims. In fact, you should consult with your personal injury attorney before speaking with your insurance company to ensure that you are getting the compensation you deserve.

  • Initiate additional requests for compensation as appropriate, such as from the pet owner.

  • Guide you on how to ensure the bite should be documented, such as filing a report with the local animal control agency.

You may be eligible for different degrees of compensation depending on whether the dog has an owner, where you were bitten, the severity of the bite, and whether the dog has a history of violence.  A dog bite attorney can help you navigate through the claim process.

If you have been injured by someone’s dog, or for more information on this topic, contact personal injury attorney Andrew Gebhardt at agebhardt@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864. Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. Our team of attorneys routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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