Has your child been attacked or injured by a dog? Besides your child’s physical pain and mental suffering from the incident, you may also be facing medical expenses, scarring, disfigurement and even wrongful death. Dog bites are taken seriously in the state of Georgia. There are specific laws that can hold a dog owner liable if the dog attacks or injures a child. To ensure you are adequately compensated for such a traumatic event involving your child, turn to the experienced lawyers of Burnside Law Firm. We have attorneys that specialize in defending under-age victims who have been wrongfully attacked by a pit bull, Rottweiler or another vicious dog breed.
Unfortunately, children are more susceptible to dog bite injuries. Their small size makes them an easy target for head and neck injuries. Their youthful demeanor often means that they approach or attempt to play with the dog without warning. According to the National Center for Biotechnical Information, a division of the National Institutes for Health, approximately 400,000 children receive medical treatment for dog bite injuries every year in the United States. Dog bites are a significant public safety issue, and the consequences for carelessly managing a dog, who has violent tendencies, is no less serious.
Dog Bite Injuries and Fatalities Caused by Pit Bulls
While not all pit bulls are violent, the breed is known for violent behavior, especially with children. According to reports from www.dogsbite.org, pit bulls were responsible for over 60% of the dog bite fatalities in the United States from 2005-2016. Combined with Rottweilers, these two breeds are responsible for over 75% of all dog bite fatalities.
Regardless of the breed of dog, the owner of a malicious dog can be held responsible for an attack. Dog owners who had prior knowledge of their dog having violent tendencies are held liable and must use extreme caution to keep the dog away from children. This includes abiding by Athens leash laws. Neglecting to manage a violent tempered dog can be catastrophic, and the attorneys at the Burnside Law Firm are prepared to take action on your behalf.
Our law firm has handled numerous dog bite cases and pit bull attacks in the city of Athens, including those that involve serious injuries to children. We are experienced attorneys who understand how to strategically investigate the case to prove that the owner of the dog should be held responsible for your child’s injuries, medical expenses and other suffering.
If your child has been injured by a pit bull or another breed of dog, contact Burnside Law Firm today. We can offer a free consultation from a skilled attorney in Athens.