The Williamson Law Firm Articles Some Facts to Know Regarding Dog Bites in Georgia

Some Facts to Know Regarding Dog Bites in Georgia

By Williamson Law Firm  Apr. 1, 2011 7:14p

Having a basic understanding of the laws about dog bites is good to have in case the need ever arises. Dogs can be unpredictable and can cause serious injury to children, teens and adults. Georgia law defines a "dangerous dog" as one that injures people without being provoked. If a dog owner knows that his dog is dangerous, he can be held liable for any injuries the dog causes. Here are a few facts you should know about dog bites in Georgia:

  • Dogs that are found to be dangerous or even potentially so must be registered
  • They must be restrained in a secure fashion both in and outside. If the dog is kept outside it must be placed within an enclosed fence or other secure structure so the animal can't escape and so others cannot get in.
  • If the dangerous or potentially dangerous dog is kept outside but not in an enclosed area, it has to be placed on a chain or leash, muzzled and physically restrained.
  • Owners of dangerous or potentially dangerous dogs must put up a sign warning others of the dog
  • Owners who have a dangerous or potentially dangerous dog must carry a minimum of $15,000 worth of liability insurance for personal injury or they can purchase a bond worth at least that amount to cover any dog bite victim expenses.

A dog owner who violates the above can be sued if their dog attacks someone and can be held liable for any damages that occur.

If You Have Been Bitten

If you or someone you love has been bitten and injured by a dog in the Alpharetta or nearby area, you should contact an Alpharetta personal injury lawyer for help. Dog bites can be serious and in some cases require surgery and even reconstruction if bitten on the face. At the Williamson Law Firm, we are competent, experienced personal injury lawyers who can help you get compensation for your injuries and hold those legally responsible who were negligent in handling their animal.

Contact an Alpharetta dog bite attorney in our office to arrange a free consultation and we will go over the details of your case.

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