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We are proud to be lawyers dedicated to representing people and their loved ones who have suffered serious personal injury or death. We strive to make a positive difference in our clients’ lives by safeguarding their legal rights and holding accountable any individual, corporation or government who causes personal injury or death. For over 23 years we have battled insurance companies in order to protect your interests!

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Dog bites are very common injuries for both adults and children. People bitten by a dog can have permanent disfigurement, psychological trauma, and worse, even death. It is therefore necessary to always provide great care when dealing with dogs, even those that are considered as pets.

Precautionary measures are provided by experts and medical practitioners to avoid getting bitten. However, when one gets dog bites, one should know his/her rights, especially when it comes to recovering damages.

If you or a family is bitten by a dog, you should:

Try to identify the dog. If the dog has rabies, it is important that you should seek medical care and get the appropriate vaccines against the rabies.

Do not argue with the owner of the dog. Arguing won’t do any good, especially when the owner doesn’t want to believe what happened. Many owners believe in the goodness of their pets that’s why it’s hard for them to accept that their dog would bite without severe provocation.

Do not sign any papers or make statements on record. The dog owner, property owner or their insurance company might try to get you to sign papers or record your statements on tape. Take note that their primary goal is to get you to make statements that will help in their cause to avoid possible liabilities for your injuries. If this happens, you should consider having a lawyer present to assist you.

Make a report to the police. Report the incident to the police and they will investigate the circumstances of the dog bite. They will then provide a report that may help establish the incident.

Seek medical care. The dog that bit you may have rabies. In that case, you will need appropriate vaccines to counter the effects of rabies. On the other hand, dog bites involve puncture wounds from fangs. These can be easily infected. Also, you may have scrapes and abrasions from protecting yourself during the attack. An infected wound can result in a worse scar, and even serious complications and consequences.

Consider consulting a lawyer. A reliable lawyer can help you get back your financial losses as well as the emotional and psychological effects from the injuries caused by the incident. Even if the insurance company offers to give you payment, it helps to have a lawyer review the proposed settlement. A lawyer you can trust can help you obtain a fair outcome.

The Law

Different laws on dog bite injuries are provided in different states. In Michigan, victims of dog bites can easily establish liability on the part of the owner. Under Michigan law, it doesn’t matter if the dog has never bitten another person. There is no “free bite rule”. Dog owners are liable even if it’s the first time that they’re dogs bit somebody.

On the other hand, people may also be injured even without getting bitten by a dog. An attack may cause injury through the dog’s claws, when the person was knock over, or when the driver of a bicycle was upset by a dog. If injured, these individuals may file claims, and recover damages from the dog’s owner.

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Most people are frightened by dog bites. Considering the effects of these instances especially when the dog carries those sicknesses which are not curable and can even cause death, it’s really a big scare to many people. Every year, dog bite cases continue to get higher and higher. Children are the most prone to such cases; they are the usual victims of dog bites. Expect for lots of dog bite lawsuits to come out in the future. After all, the compensation for such injury is fairly high too.

Following a dog bite incident, here are the things that you must do. First, get proper medical treatment so that your bite will not get infected. You can either do this by yourself or in the hospital. Then, you have to identify the attacker. If you cannot find the dog or if you suspect that the dog is at large, you will be advised by your physician to get rabies shots for the victim because after all, only a little percent of a dog bite victim survives rabies infection. When the symptoms start to show, it will be hard to stop the spread of the disease.

From the medical treatment, you can now take legal actions against the owner of the dog. Getting the right dog bite lawyer for your claim is a big advantage. You just need to gather and present the necessary evidences and documentations during court proceedings. These lawyers specialize in getting settlements for those people who have been injured by animal attacks. Given the extent of the problem, it’s common for dog bite victims to go to court and fight back against the animal owners.

However, the big problem that the world faces now about these dog bite cases is the fact that the number of stray and wild dogs have increased tremendously through the years. Despite all the efforts to catch these dogs in many countries, it’s really hard to catch them all. The fact that most of the pet owners decline to have their dogs spayed for fear of weakening them makes it more complicated. In reality, however, it’s really hard for a plaintiff to prove abuse or negligence in case of dig bite injury.

At this point, it’s quite appropriate to thank the current approach of the media regarding dog bite cases. At present, many judges and lawyers take these cases more seriously because they realize the intolerable effects that they can cause its victims. In general, we can certainly live in a more humane world if we’ll all make sure that animal owners will be held liable for their pet’s actions.

Not all personal injury law firms are the same.

There are types of attorneys. If you have been in an accident, whether at work, in an automobile or under some other circumstances, you may be wondering if you need to seek the advice and counsel of an attorney. On one hand there are the advertisements by lawyers on television that insist that you need their help to protect your rights. On the other hand, the insurance company that is handling your claim may insist that they are doing everything necessary for your interest and health. Who should you believe?

Life can change in a blink of an eye. If you feel someone you loved was victim of dog or animal bites and now need a lawyer. But how do you know when to call one?  Call now each case is different and hesitation could become a liability. The consultation is always free and we at Singleton Law Firm the Atlanta Dog Bites lawyer is here to help.

Dog bite statistics 2015

Breed Bodily harm Child Victims Adult Victims Deaths Maiming % of dog population
Pit bull 2235 911 806 233 1268 4.4
Rottweiler 495 278 131 81 277 2.2
Husky 71 44 5 24 20 0.05
German shepherd 96 60 28 14 59 2.3
Chow 55 36 16 7 37 0.01%

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