Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to dog bites, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. When an animal attacks, leading to personal injury, overall statistics pale in relation to the trauma and harm that an individual dog attack victim experiences.
People of any age can suffer harm in an animal attack. Getting proper medical attention is critical after a dog bite. Animal attacks, however, can lead to long-term effects such as scarring, disfigurement and emotional trauma. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in an attack by a dog or other domestic animal, you need to hire a seasoned trial lawyer to ensure that you receive adequate compensation for your medical costs and pain and suffering.
At Eberhardt & Hale in Athens, we are experienced in representing people injured as a result of dog or other animal attacks. Often, the responsible party in such cases has insurance to pay for the injuries, but unless a skilled attorney is involved, the claims may be undervalued or not paid at all.
In general, dog and animal owners are responsible for maintaining control over their animals. Dogs, however, often get away and run free - potentially putting others in the neighborhood at risk for an animal attack. Similarly, dogs may become aggressive out of fear at dog parks or as their owners take them for walks. Some people are injured in animal attacks while visiting friends.
We take care of the details of investigating liability, which often includes insurance coverage issues. We do the footwork to prepare and present a compelling claim to maximize compensation for victims of animal attacks. When litigation is necessary, our lawyers have substantial courtroom experience and will fight to obtain the best outcome possible.