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Tips for proving liability for dog bites

On Behalf of | Apr 6, 2017 | Dog Bites, Firm News |

Dog bite cases are tricky in Georgia. If you suffered from a dog bite injury and need to seek compensation, you will need to navigate through the state’s laws so you can determine how you are going to handle the situation. One thing that you should be prepared for is the need to prove liability in the case.

In order to prove liability, you might have to do some investigative work. One thing that you need to look into is whether the dog has been the subject of any prior complaints or issues. This isn’t always easy to find out. Of course, if the reports were made to the authorities, it might be a bit easier to find. You may have to speak with people around the area to determine if they know anything you need to check into.

You will likely have to find out why and how the dog was kept. Why the owner had the dog can be a big factor. If the answer to that is to fight or because of a desire to have aggressive home protection, that information might prove valuable. How the dog was kept is important because dogs that are on chains for their entire life might be a bit more aggressive.

The location of the attack might also come into the picture. Was the dog adequately confined to the owner’s property? Or, was the dog loose? You might be able to easily prove the dog owner was liable for the attack if the dog was running loose when you were viciously attacked.

Source: FindLaw, “How to Prove Fault in States Without Dog Bite Laws,” accessed April 06, 2017