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Were You Attacked by a Dog in Athens, GA?

While dogs are primarily known as safe, fun-loving pets, this isn’t a guaranteed assumption. When a dog acts violently and harms a person, it can be devastating. If you’ve been bitten or injured by a dog, you need an experienced lawyer by your side. Dog bites can not only be traumatic for those involved, but they can also cause serious injury that may result in medical expenses, physical disfigurement, scarring and even lost wages. It is important to know that in the state of Georgia, the owner or keeper of the animal that injured you can be held responsible. As an experienced dog bite lawyer in Athens, Burnside Law Firm can determine if your pain and suffering were caused by careless management of the animal. This mismanagement may include a leash law violation or neglect to demonstrate prior knowledge of the dog’s vicious tendencies.

Dog Owners Can Be Held Liable for Dog Attack Injuries

If you or a family member has suffered a dog attack or dog bite, it can be difficult to prove that the dog’s owner is liable for your injuries. This is especially true if the owner denies that the dog has demonstrated violent behavior before. In many cases, a skilled lawyer is required to investigate the case and prove that the owner had prior knowledge of the dog’s aggressive or vicious temperament. At Burnside Law Firm, we search for evidence of the dog’s history by interviewing neighbors, postal workers and even the dog’s vet. Reports of previous dog bites, the necessity to use a muzzle at the vet and other similar citations can support a strong case to hold the dog owner responsible for your dog bite injuries.

Violation of a leash law in Athens can also serve as proof of vicious propensity. Burnside Law Firm employs a team of respected lawyers who understand the state and city laws that require an owner to properly restrain a dog. If you were attacked by a dog that was not leashed and should have been, this can serve as critical evidence for your case, even if the dog has never bitten anyone before.

You’ll find that our attorneys are not only diligent about investigating each case to establish a right to recover your specific losses, but we can also help clients identify sources from which to recover the money or compensation. Potential sources may include homeowner’s insurance, renter’s insurance or medical payment coverage from the dog owner.

How To Proceed if a Dog Has Bitten You

If you have suffered a dog bite in the Athens area, we want to help you recover compensation for your injuries, damage and other types of losses. It is important that you take the following steps immediately after you or a family member has been attacked:

  • Seek medical attention immediately: Medical professionals can assess the severity of the injury, clean and treat the wound to prevent infection, and provide necessary vaccinations, including rabies shots if there’s a risk of exposure. Seeking medical attention creates a record of the incident, which can be vital for legal and insurance purposes.
  • Report the Incident: Contact the local authorities, such as the Athens police department or animal control, to report the dog bite or attack. Prompt reporting can help initiate an investigation and prevent further incidents involving the same dog.
  • Photograph your injuries: Documenting your injuries through photographs is essential for building a strong case if you decide to pursue legal action or file an insurance claim. Take clear, detailed photos of the bite wounds from various angles, ensuring proper lighting and focus to accurately depict the extent of the injury. In addition to capturing the immediate aftermath of the incident, continue photographing the progression of your injuries during the healing process to provide a comprehensive record.
  • Get names and addresses: Obtain the names and addresses of all parties involved in the incident, including the dog owner and any witnesses present at the scene. This information is crucial for potential legal proceedings or insurance claims, as it allows for proper identification and communication with relevant parties.

Contact Burnside Law Firm Today

Contact Burnside Law Firm today to schedule a complimentary and confidential consultation with one of our highly skilled and experienced dog bite injury lawyers located conveniently near Athens. Our dedicated legal team specializes in advocating for victims of dog attacks, and we are committed to providing personalized attention and comprehensive legal guidance throughout your case. During your consultation, our compassionate attorneys will listen attentively to your story, evaluate the details of your situation, and offer legal advice tailored to your specific needs and circumstances. Rest assured, we will work tirelessly to protect your rights, pursue fair compensation for your injuries, and hold negligent dog owners accountable for their actions.

Take the first step towards justice and recovery by contacting Burnside Law Firm today. Your initial consultation is completely free, and you’re not obligated to proceed unless you choose to retain our services. Don’t delay; let us help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve.

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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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Meet The Team

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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Based on 38 reviews

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