Ty Wilson Law Podcast
Ty Wilson Law Podcast
#189 Georgia Workers' Compensation Lawyer - Who is Responsible For a Dog Bite Injury?

So who is responsible for a dog bite injury? Hello, my name is Ty Wilson. I'm a Georgia Personal Injury Attorney and I practice law in the state of Georgia. And our topic for today is, “Who is responsible for a dog bite injury?’ And the question is that depends. It's very fact specific. Who was in control of the dangerous dog? And did they have permission? Was the dog being controlled by a leash of any sort? And so it's very, very fact specific. 

So if you're ever in a situation like that, you want to try to gather as much information as possible. One of the biggest challenges as someone who has handled dog bite cases is finding out and verifying one that the dog has an owner, and is not a stray. Two, that there is insurance coverage for that owner, as that could be critical. If you have a stray dog, you really have no one who is responsible necessarily for that dog. And it becomes difficult to collect on any injuries or get reimbursed for the injuries, which can often be rather expensive. And so those are some of the things you need to figure out. 

What is very important is after it happens, obviously, the first thing it really goes without saying is to get medical care as quickly as possible. But you also want to call Animal control for the County that you're in where the attack occurred. You want to if you can't get a hold of Animal Control, you can call 9-1-1. You can speak with the police, they will come out. They will also make a report and likely turn it over to Animal control if that is their procedure for that County. So those are some of the critical things, but it's very fact specific. 

And so you may not be able to get some of these details. That's why it's important to get the police involved as they'll investigate as well, to see if they can locate who the dog owner is. And if you know who the dog owner is, let them know. And they'll gather the information that may help support if there is in fact insurance coverage or not to be able to reimburse you for the medical expenses that you will be coming out of pocket for. Hope that information is helpful. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at the number on the screen and we'll see you on the next video. Thank you.

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