According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year. While some dog bites may seem like a trivial matter, they have the potential to result in serious injuries that require intensive medical care. In some cases, dog bites can even be fatal, particularly when infants or toddlers are victims. Fortunately, victims and their families may be eligible for significant financial compensation, provided that they are able to bring a claim under Georgia’s dog bite statute. Because of the unique nature of Georgia dog bite law, it is important for victims to discuss their case with an experienced attorney as soon as possible after an incident occurs.
Dog Bites can Cause a Variety of Injuries
While some people may think of a dog bite as an injury in and of itself, it is actually an incident that can cause a number of different and distinct injuries. Some of the more common include the following:
- Broken bones
- Loss of fingers or toes
- Muscle damage
- Brain injuries
These injuries have the potential to keep victims from working for an extended period of time as well as require intensive medical treatment. In addition, non-economic damages can also occur, such as emotional trauma or pain and suffering. Often, the first step in recovering for these and other losses is discussing your case with an attorney who is familiar with litigating dog bite cases in Georgia. Victims should be sure to act soon, as the statute of limitations significantly limits the amount of time in which you can bring a claim.
Contact a Brooks Personal Injury Attorney for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog bite incident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.