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Personal Injury Law: Dog Bites

Every year, millions of Americans are bitten by dogs.  Dog bite claims fall under the umbrella of personal injury law, where the injured party has the legal right to seek compensation for injuries caused by another party's actions or negligence arising out of the owning or keeping a dog, or other vicious animal.

If you are bitten by a dog, it is important to first seek any necessary medical treatment. It is also important to determine pertinent information about the dog, including the breed, its owner, and any witnesses to the attack. You should also report the incident to local police or animal control authorities so that a report may be made and appropriate rabies testing performed on the dog.

Dog bite laws vary by place and circumstance and are subject to a limitation on the time you have to file a legal claim. In general, a dog bite victim has the right to seek compensation from any party whose negligence caused the dog bite attack, any party in violation of leash or restraint laws, or any party who knowingly harbors a dog with a history of biting people.

If a dog has bitten you, you may be entitled to recover damages as a result of this injury. Determining your legal rights, however, can be complicated.  It may be unclear who you should bring a claim against and the damages to which you are entitled. To ensure that you receive just compensation, consult Andrew Gebhardt, Marc Avidano, or John Webb, knowledgeable personal injury attorneys, who can discuss your your legal rights to compensation for your dog bite injuries.


Smith Welch Webb & White serve clients throughout the south metro Atlanta area including but not limited to McDonough, Stockbridge, DeKalb County, Clayton County, Henry County, Jonesboro, Spalding County, Butts County, and Lamar County.



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