Preventing Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bite cases in which a child is killed or seriously injured are some of the most traumatic and emotional cases for children and their families, as well as for lawyers in the personal injury and wrongful death practice areas. We hear all too frequently on the news of children who are mauled by vicious dogs and left with serious disfigurement, scarring, and with death sometimes even resulting. This blog entry is by Lawrenceville, Georgia, based serious injury and wrongful death attorney Richard Armond, who handles cases in Gwinnett County and throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia.
CHOA article highlights safety tips for children around dogs to prevent bites
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) is not only a top flight medical organization for metro Atlanta children, but they also frequently provide useful information for parents to use to keep children safe. One particular resource they have is an article on dog bite prevention (click here for the CHOA article). They note "[m]ore than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States, and 800,000 require medical attention—at least half of them children."
The informative CHOA article includes dog safety tips for children, signs that a dog may bite, and what to do if a dog bites your child. Of particular note is that parents should teach their children how to behave around a dog and should always supervise their children around dogs. If a child is bitten, immediate medical attention should be the number one priority.
The article mentions in closing, and this is very important to protect you and your child's rights to recovery in a civil lawsuit, that you should always report a dog bite to (1) your local animal control and (2) the police in more serious bite cases.
It is important to report dog bites to local authorities
I have written before on Georgia law regarding what must be proved to establish a dog bite case (click here for that previous entry with a more in-depth summary of Georgia law on dog bites). In general, one must establish the dog owner's knowledge of the "vicious propensity" of a dog to prove a claim (unless there was a violation of an ordinance such as a local leash law at the time the bite occurred). That is why it is so important to report dog bites.
There may be no public record showing a past vicious propensity of a particular dog, but local animal control may have knowledge of past issues with a dog in which no formal record was made. It is also, in general, good to have official documentation of an incident. Even in minor dog bite cases the documentation at least makes a record should the dog do harm to another person.
If your child has been attacked by a dog
If your child has been attacked by a dog or other domesticated animal and you would like to speak with a Georgia personal injury and wrongful death lawyer please contact Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation today.
Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585. The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.