Dog Bite Cases

Personal Injury

Dog bites are a problem in Georgia, especially when it comes to young children.

Most people assume dogs are friendly because most are, but some are not so friendly. A dog owner can be held liable or financially responsible for bites or other injuries their dog inflicts on others. Typically injuries from Dog Bites are severe.

Any person bitten by a dog that was being negligently supervised is entitled to reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages, any lost future income, any future medical bills, any permanent injury or disfigurement, and reasonable pain and suffering. Most claims are pursued against the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy. This type of case is much less common than a car accident and you more than likely need an attorney with experience in Dog Bite cases to properly pursue a claim.

The most statistically dangerous breeds are Pitbulls, Rottweilers, German Shepards, Huskies, Malamutes, Doberman Pinschers, and Chow Chows. However, any dog can attack under the right circumstances.

Under Georgia law there is a presumption that all dogs are harmless. Typically it is necessary to prove that the dog owner had previous knowledge of the animal’s propensity to be dangerous. However liability can be established if there has been a violation of a local lease law ordinance. The problem is that every local entity has their own ordinance and all of them can vary.

The Statute that controls injuries caused by animals is as follows:

O.C.G.A. 51-2-7 (2010) LIABILITY OF OWNER OR KEEPER OF VICIOUS OR DANGEROUS ANIMAL FOR INJURIES CAUSED BY ANIMAL

A person who owns or keeps a vicious or dangerous animal of any kind and who, by careless management or by allowing the animal to go at liberty, causes injury to another person who does not provoke the injury by his own act may be liable in damages to the person so injured. In proving vicious propensity, it shall be sufficient to show that the animal was required to be at heel or on a leash by an ordinance of a city, county, or consolidated government, and the said animal was at the time of the occurrence not at heel or on a leash. The foregoing sentence shall not apply to domesticated fowl including roosters with spurs. The foregoing sentence shall not apply to domesticated livestock.


If you or a loved one have been a victim of a Dog Bite, you need an experienced attorney to protect your rights and get the just and fair compensation your family deserves.

If you would like to find out more about how to proceed with your Dog Bite Case, please contact Nicholas J. Rego at (770) 574-7686

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