Most family pets bring companionship, loyalty and love; however, some dogs can be untrained, out-of-control and downright vicious. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, approximately 1,000 Americans seek emergency treatment for dog bite injuries every day. (Less than 1/5 of bite victims require emergency treatment.) Here in Georgia, dog bites occur frequently, and can cause permanent damage or even lead to death.
In 2011, Georgia was the 9th state on State Farm’s list of top 10 states for dog bite claims, with 121 claims paying an estimated $17.1 million. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog in the Savannah area, you need a ferocious lawyer to fight for your justice. The Eichholz Law Firm’s dog bite injury lawyers offer comprehensive legal representation to victims of unruly dogs on a contingency basis, so you don’t pay us unless we obtain compensation for you.
Dog Bite Lawsuits
Georgia tragically lost 3 of its citizens to fatal dog bite injuries in 2012: Tim Thomas, 49, of Douglas County, Rebecca Carey, 23, of Decatur, and Bryton Cason, 4, of Donalsonville. Not one of these victims should have been so senselessly killed.
Dog attacks can be brutal, leading to physical and emotional scars that can last a lifetime and while any dog can attack without warning, the most lethal dogs are generally the larger breeds such as Pit Bulls and Rottweilers.
Our dog bite injury lawyers represent victims in dog-bite-related accident cases that involve:
Unfortunately, the majority of dog attacks happen to children. In fact, approximately 50% of those seeking medical care are children, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Children aged 5 – 9 are bitten most frequently and the rate of injury is much higher amongst boys.
Dog bite lawsuits boil down to liability – the owner of a dog is responsible for any dog that attacks or injures someone whether or not the owner knew the dog was dangerous. If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog and is seeking legal recourse, it is important to contact experienced dog bite injury lawyers as soon as possible. Your legal team can track down the owner of the dog and obtain copies of your medical records to build a robust case for you.
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Legal Information for Dog Bite Victims
About 4.5 million Americans are attacked by dogs each year, according to CDC data. Although some dog attacks are much more grievous than others, a bite from any dog has the potential to carry serious, life-threatening diseases. Infections are known to dwell in canine saliva, and can be transmitted to a dog bite victim when the flesh is cut or torn during an attack.
Consequently, all Savannah-area residents should be aware of the steps to take following a dog bite.
Steps to take if you have been attacked or bitten by a dog:
- Seek immediate medical attention
- Get contact information for the dog’s owner and anyone who witnessed the attack
- File a police report and request a copy
- When possible, take pictures of the dog, the location of the attack and your injuries
- Do not sign any paperwork before contacting an attorney
- Do not communicate with the owner’s insurance carrier before contacting an attorney
Not every dog carries a disease, but victims of dog bites are warned to act fast in order to receive treatment if an illness or disease is present. Medical professionals will also be instrumental in assessing your wounds, and medical reports can be extremely helpful in a dog bite injury lawsuit. After seeking treatment, you are encouraged to contact a Savannah dog bite attorney.
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Contact Our Savannah Dog Bite Injury Lawyers
Becoming the victim of a vicious animal can be psychologically traumatizing, not to mention the pain and sufferingone can endure from bite injuries. If you or someone you love has suffered dog bite injuries from a canine attack in the Savannah area, the victim could have a claim for compensation.
The personal injury attorneys at The Eichholz Law Firm understand how a dog bite injury can affect a victim’s life, and we pursue the MAXIMUM compensation to justify the trauma of an animal attack. Dog bites can cause permanent scarring and disfigurement, and severely affect your life. We believe the dog’s owner should be held accountable.
We are proud to provide dog bite victims in the Savannah area with comprehensive legal representation, helping clients in the following areas:
- Garden City
- Richmond Hill
- Isle of Hope
- …and other communities in the Savannah area
Call (866) 947-7449 today to discuss your legal options with our professional staff, completely free and confidentially.