Georgia Animal Bite Attorneys
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of an animal bite, such as a bite from someone else’s pet, the injuries incurred can be extremely serious and can have significant overarching health concerns that extend far into your future. Consulting with an experienced Georgia animal bite attorney is the best way to ensure that you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled in order to be made whole.
The State of Georgia’s Responsible Dog Ownership Law
Georgia has a statewide law that establishes minimum standards that counties must implement related to the regulation and control of dogs (which are often the focus of animal bite claims). This Responsible Dog Ownership Act (RDOA) was signed into law in 2012 to help protect citizens from dangerous dog attacks. This legislation helps to diffuse the legal dispute regarding liability that tends to arise in animal bite claims.
The Dog Owner’s Responsibility
Georgia’s RDOA is quite clear on the matter of responsibility related to dog bites. In short, the owner of the dog that attacks a person or another animal – or the custodian who is in control of the dog at the time (if the owner can’t be found) – is responsible for the injuries caused when this happens on someone else’s property (or takes place anywhere that isn’t the pet owner’s property).
The Ownership Defense
The State of Georgia takes responsible dog ownership seriously and does not have patience with defendants who claim not to actually own the dangerous dog in question. In fact, the state amended the meaning of pet ownership to be flexible enough to cover the person in direct possession of the dog at the time of the incident. The law extends ownership to anyone who can be described as engaging in any of the following:
- Possessing the dog in question
- Harboring the dog in question
- Having custody of the dog in question
As such, even someone who is simply looking after a dog can be found liable. This approach helps squash excuses such as:
- “It’s my kids’ dog.”
- “I’m just helping my neighbor out by watching his dog.”
- “I’m dogsitting for a friend.”
Parents, therefore, can’t skirt responsibility for a dangerous dog by saying that it belongs to their child. Needless to say, cases involving animal bites may be surprisingly complicated, and you need a dedicated Georgia animal bite attorney on your side.
Seek the Legal Counsel You Need from an Experienced Georgia Animal Bite Lawyer Today
Animal bites are often especially dangerous and can lead to considerable financial, physical, and emotional damages. If someone else’s pet bites and injures you or someone you love, the Forsyth County animal bite attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland are committed to skillfully advocating on behalf of your most favorable case resolution. We’re here for you, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 770-887-1209 for more information today.