According to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, 800,000 Americans are bitten by dogs each year. As recently
as January 2012, the
Marietta Daily Journal reported a local
Marietta dog attack. A man was arrested on charges of misdemeanor reckless conduct
when his pit bull attacked a woman for approximately 10 minutes as he
watched and laughed. The attack happened at a residence on Franklin Road.
Authorities believe the man and victim were dating, and after an argument
she began to leave but was attacked by his pit bull. She was bitten many
times and eventually drove herself to the hospital after finally getting
away from the dog.
There are numerous studies ranking the
canine breeds most responsible for Atlanta serious injuries and deaths, but any dog is capable of attacking and inflicting major injuries.
Georgia dog bite laws currently require victims and their attorneys to
prove an animal was dangerous or vicious, that the owner knew this and
was careless in the management of the dog, or it was allowed to run free.
The victims’ attorneys have to prove that the animal was unleashed
under the relevant local authority ordinance. Proving liability for Georgia
dog bites can be complicated under the state’s current laws.
Georgia’s Dog Bite Laws May Be Strengthened
A rise in the number of dog bites in Georgia has led to our General Assembly
moving forward with its efforts to pass a stronger dog bite law. It would
hold owners of unsafe and vicious dogs more accountable for their pets’
bad behavior. Although it is not certain if exact breeds will be classified
as dangerous and vicious, the improved law will fix a number of things.
If passed, Georgia citizens will be required to purchase liability insurance
providing coverage of a minimum of $50,000 before they can own a dangerous
or vicious dog. This is helpful to Atlanta dog bite victims because at
present many dog owners do not have insurance. With this required insurance
coverage, dog bite attorneys could more easily win significant monetary
damages for their clients’ medical bills, emotional and physical pain and
Also, the potential Georgia law requires vicious and unsafe dogs to have
a microchip inserted into the animal to keep track of its whereabouts.
Current Marietta dog bite cases require injury lawyers to prove that the
dog was the biting dog, and this new traceability will make it easier
to determine if the dog was loose at the time of the bite. Vicious dogs
will also be required to be locked away from the public, and if not on
a leash must be muzzled at all times.
Finally, penalties for vicious dog owners will be much greater under the
improved law. Even if the dog doesn’t attack anyone, owners
could be fined up to $1000 and face jail time if they do not adhere to
these new regulations. As an Atlanta dog bite injury firm, Jones &
Swanson is hopeful that this bill will offer greater protection for the
public as well as to make it easier for dog bite victims to recover for
Need an attorney for a dog bite case in Marietta?
The damages and costs associated with a
Marietta dog attack can be extensive. Under Georgia dog bite laws the owner of any dog that
attacks a victim can be held liable to pay medical expenses, the cost
of wages lost, and damages for pain and suffering resulting from the attack.
If you are attacked by a dog, contact our experienced Marietta
personal injury attorneys immediately so we can help you recover the most for your injury.
Jones & Swanson has experience representing serious dog bite cases
in which clients have suffered terrible injuries when bitten by a dangerous
dog. If you or someone you know have been injured by a dog, contact our Marietta
dog bite lawyers today at (770) 427-5498 for a free consultation and affordable representation.