Dog attacks involving children can be traumatic for both parent and child. They can involve serious injuries, significant emotional stress or even death. If you live in the greater Atlanta area and have a child that has been attacked or injured by a dog, call Burnside Law Firm. Our dog bite injury lawyers have helped countless clients recover from damages and injuries they incurred. We understand what is necessary to prove that the dog owner acted in negligence or poor management of the dog and is therefore liable for the devastating attack on your child.
Dog bites to children involve serious consequences, ranging from physical pain and scarring to medical expenses, mental suffering and even wrongful death. Fortunately, Georgia law takes dog bite injuries to children seriously. Our attorneys are well-equipped to use these statutes to establish liability of the dog owner. If your child was attacked by a dog that has exhibited prior vicious behavior or was in violation of a leash law, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
Dog Bite Injuries and Fatalities Caused by Pit Bulls
Whether it is due to their small size or outgoing approach, children are considered more vulnerable to dog bites than adults. Unfortunately, they are also more susceptible to serious injuries to the neck or head. 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. Pit bulls are responsible for a large number of those attacks. In fact, www.dogsbite.org reports that pit bulls are involved in more than 60% of the dog bite fatalities in the United States from 2005-2016. An experienced lawyer by your side can help you navigate the liability laws surrounding pit bull attacks on children.
Regardless of whether your child was attacked by a pit bull or another breed, it is important to take legal action sooner rather than later. If the dog owner had prior knowledge of the dog’s malicious propensity, they can be held responsible. In such cases, the owner of the pit bull is required to properly restrain the dog and use extreme caution to keep the dog away from children. If the owner is denying a violent history with the dog, let our attorneys investigate the facts. Our investigation may include talking to neighbors, postal workers and the dog’s veterinarian, as well as exposing any violation of leash laws.
We understand that when a pit bull or other dog attack involves a child, it becomes even more important to hold the negligent dog owner responsible. Let our attorneys help. and receive compensation to help you move forward from the tragic event. Begin by contacting our office to schedule your free consultation today.