Dog Bites

The Athens Dog Bite Lawyer

Experienced Legal Representation You Can Trust

Dog bite injuries can encompass the full spectrum of imaginable injuries, up to and including 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

The Athens dog bite attorney has achieved impressive results in resolving personal injury cases that arise from dog bites in the Athens and Atlanta area. Call us today at (706) 760-9220 to begin with a free initial case evaluation.

Understanding Dog Bite Claims

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.

Troublingly, 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.

What Is Georgia's Dog Bite Law?

Under Georgia's dog bite statute O.C.G.A. 51-2-7, owners of dangerous dogs and their insurance companies can be held responsible for any injuries and damages that their dogs cause as a result of carelessness. According to Georgia law, dog owners must pay damages to victims if they knew or should have known that their dog had a tendency to bite.

To prove that a dog owner is liable, injured persons must be able to show:

  • The animal is vicious or dangerous
  • The owner was careless with the animal or let it "go at liberty," and
  • The injured person did not provoke the animal in any way

What Is Georgia's Dog Bite Statue of Limitations?

Georgia's statute of limitations for dog bite lawsuits is two years from the date of the bite. In other words, you have until the second anniversary of a dog's attack to bring a case against the owner in court.

If you file a claim after this deadline has passed, the courts will almost certainly refuse to hear your case and you will be permanently barred from pursuing legal recourse. For this reason, it is crucial you act fast after a dog bite and contact a skilled attorney to ensure your rights are protected.

Call for a Free Initial Consultation

If you or a loved one were injured in an animal attack, it is important to act decisively. The more time you give your legal team, the better position you will be in to achieve maximum compensation to put toward recovering.

Schedule your appointment with us by calling (706) 760-9220. We are ready to help you take the first steps towards fair compensation.

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    - Rachelle, Personal Injury Client
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    - Gwen, Personal Injury Client
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    - The H. Family
  • You don't just get an attorney, you get a friend.

    “When you hire Josh Branch as your attorney to represent you, you don't just get an attorney; you get a friend. When he represented my daughter, he treated my family with compassion and empathy, and he also really protected her and fought for her.”

    - Gina, Former Client
  • Thank you for all you have done for me!

    “May God Bless you and your staff for a job well done.”

    - Lizzie, Personal Injury Client

Millions of Dollars Recovered

for Our Clients
  • $1,500,000 JB Client vs. A.O. Brickman

    The client was severely injured by a negligent driver and the at-fault insurance company had policy limits.

  • $1,400,000 JB Client v. State Entity

    The client tragically lost her life after another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction lost control.

  • $1,050,000 JB Client vs. Corporation

    The client was severely injured by the acts of a corporate employee in a horrible motor vehicle collision.

  • $700,000 JB Client vs. Trucking Company and Fabricating Company

    The client was severely injured during a serious collision.

  • $650,000 JB Client vs. Individual
  • $650,000 JB Client vs. Pizza Delivery Franchisee

    A texting pizza delivery driver caused the death of our client's spouse.

  • $650,000 JB Client vs. Negligent Driver

    A collision between a negligent driver and our client resulted in serious injuries for our client.

  • $605,000 JB Client vs. Home Health Care Company

    A horrible and tragic event when the mother of our clients was under the care of a home health care company

  • $580,000 Confidential Parties

    Hazardous danger to our client when they collided with a tractor-trailer that was left in the roadway wherein no one could notice.

  • $550,000 JB Client vs. Negligent Individual Driver

    The client sustained severe injuries and then had additional complications.


Why Hire Us

  • Personalized Approach
    We pride ourselves on providing personalized client care with tailored solutions.
  • Reputation for Excellence
    We are proud of our legacy of positive client testimonials and recognition in our community.
  • Commitment to Clients
    Our passion for helping clients recover from personal injuries is the core focus of our firm.
  • Fearless Advocacy
    We are not afraid to go to trial and we will fight to get the best possible result for our clients.
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The Law Office of Joshua W. Branch, LLC has successfully helped thousands of injured victims receive the justice they deserve.