Of course we all love man’s best friend, but that doesn’t mean that accidents with dogs don’t happen. We’ve seen a number of cases here in Atlanta where people have been injured by a neighbor’s dog. Luckily, you can get compensated.
Before you do anything, make sure you are out of danger. Here are a few things to do immediately after the dog attack:
- For minor wounds, clean with running water then use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Make sure to use a topical antibiotic and bandage over it.
- For more serious puncture wounds, after a few minutes see if you can apply pressure to stop the bleeding. If it stops, clean the wound with soap and water. If you can’t get the blood to stop, call for emergency help right away.
Once you’ve guaranteed your safety, it is time to seek legal counsel.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Don’t hesitate to seek damages from the dog owner. Dog owners are responsible for training and keeping an eye on their pets. Dog owners can be held responsible if they do not properly handle a dog they know to be dangerous, as well as if they do not the obey leash laws required by their city or county. For example, The city of Atlanta and Fulton county both have leash laws. Don’t let them get away with neglect. It can be hard to prove your claim against the owner, so seek legal counsel so we can get your medical bills paid for.
- The dog owner’s renter’s or homeowner’s insurance can pay you for the costs of your medical bills.
Whether you are in the city of Atlanta, or outside of the metro area, we at Steven Gardner Injury Law can provide you with top-notch service to get your dog bite expenses paid for and your life back on track.
*Want to find out more about your city or county leash laws? Try searching google for dog leash ordinances in your area. Ex: “Dog leash ordinance [Pickens County, Jasper, Ellijay, Atlanta, Talking Rock, Nelson, or any city/county of your choice]”