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Athens, GA Dog Bites Injuries Lawyer

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 who specialize in defending underage victims who a pit bull, Rottweiler, or another vicious dog breed has wrongfully attacked.

Why Are Children at Risk of Dog Attacks?

Unfortunately, children face a heightened risk of sustaining dog bite injuries due to a combination of factors. Their smaller stature renders them more vulnerable to severe injuries, particularly to the head and neck areas, which can have lasting consequences on their physical and emotional well-being. Additionally, children’s natural curiosity and lack of understanding of canine behavior may lead them to approach or attempt to interact with dogs without recognizing potential warning signs of aggression. According to the National Center for Biotechnical Information, a division of the National Institutes for Health, the prevalence of dog bite injuries among children is alarmingly high, with approximately 400,000 cases requiring medical treatment annually in the United States alone. These statistics underscore the urgent need for increased awareness and proactive measures to prevent such incidents from occurring. Dog bites not only pose a significant public safety concern but also carry serious legal implications for owners who fail to responsibly manage dogs exhibiting aggressive tendencies. It is imperative for dog owners to take proactive steps to prevent dog bites, including proper training, socialization, and supervision of their pets, to ensure the safety of both children and the general public. Moreover, educating children and adults alike on appropriate interactions with dogs and recognizing potential signs of aggression can help mitigate the risk of dog-related injuries and promote a safer environment for all.

Dog Bite Injuries and Fatalities Caused by Pit Bulls

While it’s important to acknowledge that not all pit bulls exhibit violent behavior, it’s undeniable that the breed has garnered a reputation for aggression, particularly when it comes to interactions with children. Reports from reveal the following alarming statistics:

  • Pit bulls account for over 60% of dog bite fatalities from 2005 to 2016
  • When combined with Rottweilers, these two breeds contribute to more than 75% of all dog bite fatalities during the same period
  • Proper management and supervision are crucial in mitigating risks associated with certain breeds

In addition to breed-specific concerns, it’s essential to recognize that any dog, regardless of breed, can potentially pose a threat if it exhibits aggressive tendencies or is inadequately trained and socialized. Dog owners have a legal obligation to exercise reasonable care in preventing their pets from causing harm to others. This includes taking proactive measures to address and manage any known aggressive behaviors, as well as complying with local leash laws and other regulations designed to promote public safety.

In cases where a dog attack occurs, the owner of the dog can be held liable for the resulting injuries and damages. This liability extends not only to instances where the owner had prior knowledge of their dog’s aggressive tendencies but also to situations where the owner failed to take reasonable precautions to prevent an attack. Neglecting to adequately control a dog with a known history of aggression can have devastating consequences, particularly when children are involved.

At Burnside Law Firm in Athens, Georgia, we understand the profound impact that dog attacks can have on victims and their families. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to holding negligent dog owners accountable for their actions and seeking justice on behalf of those who have been injured as a result of a dog bite or attack. By advocating for our clients’ rights and pursuing maximum compensation for their injuries, medical expenses, and emotional trauma, we strive to help them recover and move forward with their lives. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog attack, don’t hesitate to contact us for a confidential consultation. We’re here to provide the support and legal representation you need to seek justice and hold responsible parties accountable.

Contact Burnside Law Firm to Discuss Your Case

Throughout our tenure, Burnside Law Firm has successfully navigated many dog bite cases and pit bull attacks in Athens, Georgia. Among these cases, we’ve encountered scenarios where innocent children have sustained severe injuries due to the negligent actions of dog owners. With a wealth of experience in this field, our seasoned attorneys possess the insight necessary to meticulously investigate each case, strategically uncovering evidence to establish the liability of the dog owner. We are committed to advocating tirelessly on behalf of our clients, ensuring that they receive the justice they deserve. From covering medical expenses to addressing the emotional toll endured by the victim and their family, we leave no stone unturned in seeking comprehensive compensation for the harm inflicted. Trust in our firm to navigate the complexities of your case with diligence and determination, safeguarding your child’s rights and securing the restitution owed to them.

If your child has been injured by a pit bull or another dog breed, contact Burnside Law Firm today. We can offer a free consultation from a skilled attorney in Athens, Georgia.

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2919 Professional Pkwy

Augusta, GA, 30907

Phone: (706) 432-8320


325 North Milledge Avenue

Athens, GA, 30601

Phone: (706) 227-4264

We have recovered tens of millions in settlements and verdicts

The attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP have over 30 years of collective experience handling personal injury claims. Over that time, we have helped hundreds of injured people recover the compensation they deserve and need in order to begin putting their lives back together. This list is just a sample of the recoveries we have obtained for some of our clients here and during our time at our former firm, Burnside Wall LLP. Obviously, success in obtaining significant judgments and settlements for other clients is no guarantee of success in your case. Each case must be evaluated and handled based on the individual merits of that particular case. To discuss the facts of your case and learn more about your legal rights, contact one of the personal injury attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP for a free initial consultation.

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Thomas R. Burnside III Personal Injury Attorney

Thomas R Burnside III

Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Garon Muller Personal Injury Attorney

Garon Muller

Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor is an experienced trial attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina. At the Burnside Law Firm, Robert devotes his practice to protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness and represents those who have been injured in automobile collisions or tractor-trailer accidents; because of a slip and fall; and in other general negligence actions.

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Ashton Revollo

Ashton is a trial lawyer in Augusta, GA who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered serious injuries or damages due to the negligent or reckless conduct of others, including automobile wrecks, job-related accidents, unsafe premises, or defective
products. Before beginning his practice, Ashton obtained his J.D., at Emory University School of Law, where he gained valuable courtroom experience as an intern assisting the District Attorney for DeKalb
County. After his time at Emory, Ashton received experience as a trial attorney at a respected personal injury firm in Atlanta before moving to Augusta. Over the course of his career, Ashton has assisted deserving clients in recovering millions of dollars in injury cases throughout Georgia.

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Erin Wren

After my car accident they helped me every step of the way! They were up front and answered any questions I had! They negotiated the insurance and got a higher settlement than was offered! I would definitely use them again!

Debbie Walker

In November 2017, I was in a car accident and I decided to seek out legal assistance. I chose to go with Burnside Law Firm, LLP because of their five star rating. My inital consultation was with attorney, Mr. Garon Muller. I knew immediately that I wanted Mr. Muller to take my case. His professionalism and expertise in personal injury made my decision easy. Mr. Muller maintained his professionalism throughout my case. He kept me updated on a regular basis via telephone or email. He was always available to me when I call. I did not have to wait 24 hours to get a call back from him. I would greatly recommend Mr. Muller and the Burnside Law Firm, LLP.

Rick Estep

Burnside Law Firm is who you want to represent you. Mr. Muller came to our house for a free consultation without hesitation. He guided us and overcame every obstacle we encountered. He secured the maximum insurance limits for us and we couldn't be more happy. If you are injured, DO NOT attempt to recoup compensation without the expertise of a trusted, skilled and able law firm to be your voice. THANK YOU MR. MULLER!!!

Alexander Hughes

Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm makes client satisfaction his priority. Mr. Muller made sure that I had a lucid understanding during every discussion. He never made a decision without my input and made me feel like we were partners. Garon Muller was very professional and push for the maximum dollar amount from the insurance company. Me and my family considered ourselves blessed to have been represented by Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm. We highly recommend Garon Muller and Burnside Law Firm! Burnside Law Firm staff are exceptional and exceeded our expectations.

Lynn Eldridge

I have known the Burnside family for many years. Recently Thomas was most helpful in getting my check following an auto collision. I highly recommend their firm.

Damien Williams

I definitely felt comfortable in there hands really good people.

Jacob Clements

Very very good law firm. Went above and beyond to make things right. Highly reccomend.

Barbara Huskinson

Burnside Law did what they said they would do. Garon Muller was great in communicating and looked out for my best interest in getting what was fair in my settlement. I would recommend Burnside to anyone.

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    2919 Professional Pkwy

    Augusta, GA, 30907

    Phone: (706) 432-8320


    325 North Milledge Avenue

    Athens, GA, 30601

    Phone: (706) 227-4264