The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that children account for approximately half of the 800,000 Americans who seek medical treatment for canine-inflicted injuries annually. These attacks result in emergency department treatment for 386,000 injuries and 16 deaths annually. A vicious dog attack causes physical and psychological scarring, disfigurement, and even death.

Taking legal action following a dog bite is critical in recuperating the costs of recovery. Dog bite victims can proactively further their cases by taking these actions:

  • Seek medical attention — Your health is the most important factor.
  • Obtain copies of your medical records — Medical reports are the best evidence to prove your injury.
  • Memorialize your injuries and the attack scene — Ask someone to take clear photos or videos of your injuries and, if safe, the scene of the attack and the dog.
  • Communicate with neighbors — Your attack may have been witnessed, and a neighbor may have additional evidentiary information. Record detailed notes of conversations and save emails.
  • Speak with dog’s veterinarian — The dog’s veterinarian may know if the dog has a history of vicious behavior. Make notes of the veterinarian’s comments and observations.
  • Obtain copies of the dog's medical history — The dog’s medical history is a good indicator of responsible (or irresponsible) dog ownership.
  • Obtain obedience school records — These records indicate aggression issues addressed in training and the dog’s personality traits.
  • Obtain Animal Control records — If the dog is “known” to animal control, chances are it’s a repeat offender.
  • Obtain police reports — If the dog’s owner or keeper is “known” to police, chances are he (or she) is a repeat offender.

If you have been injured by a dog through owner negligence, such as poorly maintained boundaries or disobedience of the leash law, contact an experienced Georgia personal injury lawyer at Tate Law Group, LLC.