Georgia’s Top Dog Bite Lawyers Serving Atlanta, Jonesboro, Stockbridge, Morrow, Riverdale, Macon, and Augusta Animal Attack Victims
Dogs are part of the American family. Most of us have neighbors or friends who consider ourselves dog lovers, and you may even have a few dogs as pets yourself.
But as loveable as “man’s best friend” can be, when a dog attacks, the outcome is anything but friendly.
In just a few short moments, an aggressive dog can cause devastating injuries. They’ve even been known to kill human beings. Children, the elderly, and the disabled are at especially high risk, but able-bodied adults are not immune from harm, especially where large dogs are concerned.
While it is always wise to exercise caution around dogs showing signs of aggression, the truth is that even animals that are usually calm and well behaved can attack out of nowhere. All it takes is for the animal to misunderstand a situation or a stimulus.
The consequences of an animal attack are both tragic and costly. Victims frequently face expensive medical bills, and time away from work, and might even require counseling for the psychological trauma that a life-threatening encounter with a vicious dog inflicts.
As a general rule, dog owners are legally liable for any damages that their animals cause. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by an aggressive dog in Georgia, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation. Our Georgia dog bite lawyers can help.
T. Madden & Associates, P.C. is a longstanding, experienced, and highly respected injury law firm in Georgia. With offices throughout Peach State, we’re able to serve the people of Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Sandy Springs, Savannah, and beyond. Wherever you are, we want to help. In fact, if you can’t come to us, we can usually come to you!
We are proud to stand among Georgia’s top dog bite lawyers. We are ready to put your case on our shoulders and fight to maximize your financial compensation. Our job is to get you as much money for your injury as possible. We have a long track record of holding powerful insurance companies to the highest standards of justice. If you need justice, call the Georgia dog bite attorneys at T. Madden & Associates, P.C. today.
What Can I Recover in a Georgia Dog Bite Lawsuit?
Our ultimate goal is to see you fully compensated. That means that you recover everything you lost financially as a result of the attack, as well as additional money to make up for the physical and emotional hardships you’ve endured as a result.
As you might expect, insurance companies make that tough. Even if you have a legitimate case, they will work hard to either deny your claim or pay out less than you’re really owed. (Warning: Insurance companies can be misleading or downright deceitful – don’t let them tell you how much you deserve without talking to an experienced attorney first.)
We wouldn’t count ourselves among Georgia’s top dog bite attorneys if we weren’t ready to do whatever it takes to put you in the best position for success. Unlike many other law firms, we aren’t looking to “chew your case up and quickly spit it out.” We’re looking for real justice.
Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, your recovery might include compensation for:
- The physical pain of an animal attack,
- Emergency / hospital treatment,
- Ongoing medical treatment,
- Cosmetic procedures,
- Treatment for scarring,
- Treatment for infections related to the attack,
- Physical or psychological therapy,
- Lost income due to time away from work (past and future),
- Property damages,
- Wrongful death damages for the loss of a loved one, and
- Other losses reasonably related to the injury
Every Case Is Different
In most dog bite cases, the dog’s owners are on the hook for the damages. Sometimes, though, additional parties might share in the liability – landlords, security companies, police officers, local governments, and more. Let our Georgia dog bite attorneys explore every possible source of liability.
We handle more than just dog bites. Many kinds of animals, domestic and otherwise, have been known to inflict real injury on Georgians. Whatever the animal in your case may be, we want to help.
How Long Do You Have to Resolve a Dog Bite Case in Georgia?
Georgia law establishes a legal deadline by which you must file a lawsuit. This deadline is called the statute of limitations. In most dog bite cases, you must file a lawsuit within two years of the date of injury. If you fail to file a lawsuit in time, the court will most likely dismiss your case entirely. Even if you have strong evidence supporting your liability position, the defendants will owe you nothing if you don’t file a lawsuit within the required timeframe.
Just because the law allows you two years to file, you don’t necessarily want or need to wait that long. If the insurance company denies your claim early on, it might be better to file a lawsuit rather than wait.
It’s not uncommon for insurance companies to deny dog bite cases. You may need to file a lawsuit against the dog owner directly. That is why it’s crucial to preserve evidence and potential witness testimony in your case. Fortunately, our skilled Georgia dog bite lawyers can help.
Hiring an attorney early in the claims process is better, despite what the insurance companies will lead you to believe. We will initiate a full investigation and do our best to obtain all evidence and track down potential witnesses. We will look for any records of prior attacks, get scene photos, order your medical records, handle all communication with the defendants, and more. We want you to concentrate on healing and getting back to work. Let us handle the complex legal tasks.
Schedule a Free Consultation Today with Our Georgia Dog Bite Attorneys
T. Madden & Associates, P.C. will not charge you unless and until we get you money. You have nothing to lose. But strict statutory time limits do apply to Peach State injury claims, so please don’t delay.
Remember: We aren’t just Georgia dog bite attorneys – we are actively involved in representing victims and families. Can’t come to us? No problem! Chances are good that we can come to you!
Contact our office and ask for a free consultation with our Georgia dog bite lawyers today!