Dog Bite Lawyers in Atlanta
Suffering from a dog bite, whether you knew the dog previously or were surprised by a vicious stray, can cause severe emotional pain and require serious medical treatment to ensure your well-being is not in jeopardy. Approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States, causing approximately one fifth — or 885,000 — to seek emergency medical treatment.
At The Marks Law Group, LLC, our Atlanta dog bite attorneys do not differentiate between a family dog or an unfamiliar breed that was visiting the same location as our clients when the attack occurred. Pet owners have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for others to enjoy, and when they are unable to do so because of their pet, others suffer as a result. This is where we step in, to ensure victims recover financially, physically and emotionally from these injuries so they can move forward with their lives with confidence.
Dog Bite Injuries and Effects
Approximately 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery in 2012 alone due to dog bite injuries. Eighty percent of these cases were the result of an attack by a neighbor’s dog (50%) or a family pet (30%), which gives validity to the fact that dogs do indeed bite, no matter how familiar you are with their owners or surroundings.
As a result, it is important for our dog bite attorneys in Atlanta to explain to each of our clients that it is possible to pursue the insurance companies of family members and friends, without directly compromising a loved one’s financial standing. In most cases, the property owner’s insurance company will cover the expenses related to a dog bite injury, so you are not jeopardizing your relationship with a trusted companion, but are still able to recover fully from the injuries sustained during a dog bite attack.
Our trusted and experienced Atlanta dog bite attorney group will handle the case from beginning to end by communicating directly with the insurance company representatives so your personal relationship is not at the forefront of our financial recovery requests. Our goal, as Atlanta personal injury attorneys, is to ensure that you receive a proper settlement to undergo the proper medical care, and cover your lost wages and emotional trauma.
The Seriousness of a Dog Bite
Because of the nature of a dog bite, medical care is absolutely necessary immediately following the attack, even if you do not believe you have been injured critically. In fact, the Center for Disease Control believes that only 17% of all dog bites are reported, because most are the result of a family or friend’s pet overstepping their boundaries.
The truth is, your friend, family member, or a complete stranger, has an obligation to their community to ensure that their dog is trained, restrained and contained at all times. When they forego this personal responsibility, they are negligent in their duties and should be held responsible for their actions. Dog bites can be serious resulting in the following medical maladies:
- Emotional Injury, including Post Traumatic Stress
- Fractures Bones
- Loss of Motor Skills in Limbs
- Punctured Skin/Bruising
- Skin Grafting
- Torn Tendons/Muscles
These injuries will require medical care, and possible rehabilitation that will leave you in treatment for months to come. This costly care, and your inability to provide for yourself or your family, should not go unnoticed in any capacity. The negligent party is responsible for your care and financial recovery, and our law firm will pursue that party and their insurance company with fervor to help reduce your recovery time.