Children And Personal Injury From Georgia Dog Attacks

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Our Georgia child injury law firm has represented many kids who have been attacked by dogs. Unfortunately, while most dogs are domesticated and friendly, some are aggressive, bite, and cause serious injury to children. While pit bulls are most commonly associated with dog attacks in Georgia, our law firm has represented kids who have been bitten and attacked by a wide variety of dog breeds. Usually, dog bites and attacks result in facial injuries and puncture wounds to the child’s neck, arms, and legs. Often, these injuries result in scarring that must be treated surgically.

Dog owners in Georgia are responsible for controlling their pets. Generally, homeowner’s insurance provides coverage for dog attacks in Georgia. Many people believe that Georgia follows what is caused the “first bite” rule. That is, every dog is “allowed” one bite before an owner is on notice that the dog is dangerous or unsuitable to be around children. That is not the law in Georgia, but it is a common misconception. Rather, Georgia law holds dog owners accountable for personal injury caused by their pets when they knew, or should have known, that the dog was dangerous or had dangerous propensities. Therefore, the law is a bit more favorable to injured children than many people think.

For example, if a dog has shown dangerous tendencies, such as snapping, growling, chasing people, or the like, that is often sufficient notice that the dog may be vicious or prone to bite. O.C.G.A. § 51-2-7 is the most widely known Georgia dog bite statute, although there are other laws that govern “vicious dogs” or those that have previously attacked.

In addition, many cities and municipalities in Georgia have their own leash laws. As the name indicates, dog are often required to be on leash, or “at heel,” in many places. That is, the dog is required to be under its owner’s control and now allowed to roam freely. Of course, the purpose behind these leash ordinances is to prevent a dog from attacking or even running after innocent people—frequently, children walking or playing nearby.

Injuries That Our Atlanta Child Injury Firm Has Seen From Georgia Dog Attacks:

• Facial puncture wounds and lacerations
• Wounds and cuts to children’s arms and legs
• Broken arms and legs
• Substantial scarring
• Repeated nightmares about the dog attack or other related emotional trauma
• The need for psychological counseling due to effects of the attack itself and/or physical injuries/scarring

What makes a child dog attack case in Georgia different than a situation where an adult is bitten? First, children often process things differently than adults. Some children may “blame” themselves and not understand why a particular dog attacked them. Next, kids deal with injuries, both physically and emotionally, far differently than adults. For example, school age children are far more conscious of, and often embarrassed by, noticeable scarring, than are adults. In fact, there is a tremendous amount of literature about the psychological affects of scarring on young children. Kids who have face, arm, or leg scars-that is, on visible parts of their bodies—spend years answering questions from friends and teachers about how they got the scars. This, in effect, forces the child to re-live the attack countless times. In fact, the story that our child injury firm hears most often from parents is that while the various physical injuries have healed, the child takes far longer to recover from a dog attack, emotionally.

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