Dogs are furry creatures that provide love and comfort to families across the nation. While most are spunky and friendly, many dogs are protective over those they care about. Others are aggressive by nature. When a dog becomes protective or is aggressive in nature, there is a high possibility that it will attack the person or thing that becomes a threat. There are thousands of dog bites that occur each year in the United States. When a dog attacks, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. For a risk-free initial consultation, contact the Persons Firm today.Lawsuits After Dog Bites
There are a few different ways in which an individual can assert liability against a dog owner after an attack. Some common ways victims seek compensation include:
- Violation of a law: Different counties and cities have ordinances in place that impose certain requirements on dog owners. If an owner fails to comply with these ordinances, that individual could be held liable if an attack occurs. One example of a common ordinance is requiring a dog to be on a leash once the dog leaves your private property.
- Viciousness: An owner may be found liable in any case in which an individual knew of the dog’s dangerous propensities. There are no set factors that establish dangerous propensities. The court may look at whether the dog has bitten another pet or individual or whether the dog has growled or snapped at another.
If you or your loved one believe you have a claim for relief it is best to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. A statute of limitations is the timeframe in which an individual can bring a suit. The statute of limitations for dog bites in Georgia is two years from the date of the incident. Although the timeframe is two years, which seems like a significant period of time, it is best to speak with an attorney sooner than later to preserve the best evidence for your case.Gathering Evidence
After a dog bite occurs, it is important to gather evidence to create a strong claim. Any incident should be reported immediately. If you do not know the owner of the dog, you should be prepared to describe as may characteristics of the animal as possible. Other relevant evidence includes testimony by witnesses, video of the incident, and vet records. Meeting with an experienced attorney will help you determine the types of evidence you or your loved ones need.Speak with the Persons Firm
If you have been injured in an accident or incident with a dog, you need an experienced attorney on your side. When you meet with The Persons Firm for an initial consultation, you will have a clear understanding of your right to relief, which will allow you to make an informed decision on how to proceed. The Persons Firm is located in Marietta, Georgia. Contact us today to determine how we can help you obtain relief.