Dog Bites

Personal Injury and Dog Bite attorney Mr. Joshua W. Branch has impressive results in resolving personal injury cases that arise from dog bites in the Athens and Atlanta area. Dog bite injuries can encompass the full spectrum of imaginable injuries with the most gruesome being death.

According to recent statistics from the Insurance Information Institute, almost 78 million dogs are owned as pets in the United States. While most family dogs are man’s best friend, a shocking 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year, as estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of these victims, about 885,000 require medical attention for their injuries. Another disturbing statistic from the CDC indicates that in 2012, more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs

More troubling still, nearly half of patients treated for dog bite injuries are children. The CDC also reports that about 20% of dog bites become infected, requiring extensive treatment and costly medical bills. With such high statistics, an American has about a one in 50 chance of being bitten by a dog every year. In 2015, dog bites and other related injuries cost more than $570 million nationwide, accounting for more than a third of all money paid out in homeowners insurance liability claims. These shockingly high claim values are why the Athens community needs the expertise of personal injury and dog bite attorney, Josh W. Branch.

Georgia ranked within the top-10 states for dog bites in 2015, with 381 reported claims and an average cost of $37,000 per claim. Adequate legal representation is crucial in dog-bite claims, as the medical costs associated with these injuries have risen in the past decade and compensation may be hard to obtain. Fortunately for the victims, the average cost per claim and awards given to plaintiffs by judges and juries has been increasing across the country as well. In Athens and the surrounding areas, dog attack injury attorney Joshua W. Branch has proven results in getting fair compensation for his clients.

Leash laws are designed to allow others to feel safe and free from the potential of attacks by others’ dogs; however, many people believe that their dog would never do anything to anyone- until it happens. Laws are designed to help ensure safety but frequently many people choose to ignore those laws and people get hurt, and sometimes they get hurt badly. For those in Athens and Northeast Georgia, dog bite injury attorney Joshua W. Branch can provide guidance and experienced legal help to victims of dog-related incidents.

Imagine you are the following person and that the following scenario happened to you:

“I had been working all week, just waiting for the weekend. I had my fly rod ready and I was going to the river to catch some trout. Saturday morning finally came and I was off. After a few hours fishing from the banks of my favorite river, I noticed a couple playing with their dog and frankly didn’t think much about it at the time. However, next thing I knew when I was trying to get back to my truck, that dog came out of nowhere and bit my calf so bad that chunks of flesh came out. I went immediately to the hospital where they stitched me up. I thought I was going to be okay, but that is when the worst happened. I learned that I had contracted a disease from the dog and that I was going to have to be quarantined. Outside of the shock and pain I was left with little other emotion. What had just happened to my life?

After I was back on the road to recovery, I felt it was only right that the owners of the dog make amends for what their dog had done. They told me to contact their insurance company, which I did. After I spoke to their insurance company it was obvious that their insurance company did not care and displayed that lack of care and concern by telling me that they were not even going to cover my initial hospital bills.

I just wanted what is fair and reasonable, taking into account all of the injuries and their effects upon my life. The insurance company for the dog’s owners was not going to be fair and reasonable, so I needed someone to protect my rights and help me.”

The foregoing brief synopsis is based upon facts from a previous dog bite case that Josh W. Branch resolved with a very happy client after receiving a favorable outcome. Most of these stories share a common theme – the lack of care and concern for the injured victim until they hire Joshua W. Branch to represent them. The injured victim needs someone in their corner. They need Dog Bite Attorney Joshua W. Branch.

Bear in mind, that as soon as one has been injured or killed, the insurance company for the culpable party begins almost instantly attempts to minimize the appropriate outcome for the injured individual – the insurance company views the injured or the family who has lost a loved one as an alpha-numeric number and the insurance company will attempt to do everything within their power to not compensate the injured or the family of a loved one in a fair and reasonable manner. Insurance companies are strictly driven by profits, not by their compassion for people and doing what is right and just. The insurance company’s focus will rely on one simple principle: profits over people. So, if given the chance an insurance company will even try to resolve a claim before all injuries have been identified and the victim has received appropriate professional medical attention. Those types of actions on behalf of the insurance companies illustrate the vantage point that they take over those who are severely injured and or who have lost loved ones. The vantage point taken is that they do not care about you or your family and that they have no compassion toward what you suffered.

You need someone who is dedicated to justice for you. Someone that will protect your rights, someone that will aggressively work for a fair and reasonable outcome for you and allow you to be able to return to the life that you knew before the incident that was forced upon you, not an outcome that the insurance company will attempt to force upon you but one that is fair and lets you obtain the justice you need and deserve. You need personal injury lawyer Josh W. Branch.

For all dog bite accident cases, timing is crucial in many respects.

The initial stages of any type of dog bite case are crucial for a variety of reasons. The following are some suggested steps to take to ensure you are headed in the right direction toward a fair and just recovery, both physically and financially.

Suggested Steps to Take If You Have Been Injured

Call us for a free initial consultation at (844) 696- 4536 if you are ready to take the first steps towards fair compensation to return to the life you loved before your terrible accident.