If you've been bit by a dog, you need a dog bite lawyer in Gwinnett County.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of a dog bite, knowing which dog bite lawyer in Gwinnett County to hire is difficult. Not every personal injury lawyer has the knowledge needed to be a dog bite lawyer in Gwinnett County. Given our knowledge and experience as a dog bite lawyer in Gwinnett County, this article will provide the information that you need to hire the right dog bite lawyer for your case.
How is a dog bite lawyer in Gwinnett County different from a personal injury lawyer?
A dog bite lawyer is a personal injury lawyer with additional experience in dog bite law. A dog bite lawyer in Gwinnett County will know and understand Gwinnett County’s unique animal regulations and requirements. Never hire a generic personal injury lawyer to be your dog bite lawyer in Gwinnett County unless they have experience and knowledge regarding Gwinnett’s specific and unique dog bite laws.
What are Gwinnett County’s dog bite laws?
When a dog is off the owner’s property: Gwinnett County has regulations that require that dogs are always on a leash when outside the property of the owner. If a dog is outside of the owner’s property and roaming free without a leash, the owner is responsible for any dog bites that occur. A dog bite lawyer in Gwinnett County knows Gwinnett County’s leash law and will use this law to support your case against the insurance company.
Further, the cities of Buford, Duluth, Berkley Lake, Snellville, Lawrenceville, Dacula, Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Lilburn, Sugar Hill, Grayson, Loganville, and Suwanee have their own leash regulations for within their city limits. Each city’s regulation is a little bit different. An experienced dog bite lawyer in Gwinnett County can explain each city’s specific leash requirements, which leash law applies, and how the law affects your case.
When a dog is on the owner’s property: If a dog bites another person on the owner’s property or while on a leash, a dog bite lawyer in Gwinnett County still can make strong arguments to support your case using state law. Dog owners are responsible for dog bites when the owner had knowledge that the dog was dangerous and did not take action to protect others from the dog. One way that a dog bite lawyer in Gwinnett County can show that the owner had knowledge of the danger is by showing that he or she knew that the dog had bitten someone before. This is often called the “one bite rule.” Knowledge and facts about the dog’s history can be critical to win the case.
What is the average settlement for dog bite cases?
The average settlement for dog bite cases varies based on the severity of the bite, the amount of the medical bills, and the amount and location of any permanent scarring. Juries tend to value scarring on visible areas of the body the highest, and thus scarring on visible areas, like the face, are important in calculating settlement value. Unfortunately, many dog bites involve children, and the trauma of a dog bite to a child is also part of the equation. A dog bite lawyer in Gwinnett County can take all the specific facts of your case and injury and provide the “average” settlement for dog bite cases like your own.
How much will I have to pay a dog bite lawyer in Gwinnett County?
Nothing out of your pocket. Our firm does the case on a contingency fee basis, meaning we just take a percentage of the settlement. Unlike a simple car accident case where we charge one-third (33.33%) when no lawsuit is filed and forty percent (40%) once suit is filed, most dog bite cases require a lawsuit to be filed. Therefore, our firm charges a straight 40% of the settlement for dog bite cases. While studies show that most clients walk away with more money from a settlement when they hire a lawyer (even with paying the fees), a trustworthy and reputable dog bite lawyer in Gwinnett County will tell you honestly if your specific case is worth the expense of getting a lawyer involved. At our law firm, the case evaluation and consultation are free.
Who pays the settlement in a dog bite case?
The dog owner’s homeowners’ insurance company will generally pay the dog bite settlement. Insurance covers most dog bite cases, so generally, the dog owner will not be responsible for paying medical bills or the settlement. Sometimes, dog owners are not willing to disclose the name of their insurance company, so a dog bite lawyer in Gwinnett County can use certain tools to attempt to locate the insurance company of the dog owner to cover the settlement.
Will the dog have to be put down after a dog bite settlement?
The decision to put down the dog belongs to the owner, the Gwinnett County Police Department, and Gwinnett County Animal Control. The decision to put the dog down is outside of our control. A dog bite lawyer in Gwinnett County will work to reach a settlement with the insurance company to ensure that you receive proper compensation for your dog bite injury, and the county will determine if the owner can keep the dog.
Should I call Gwinnett County Animal Control or the Gwinnett County Police Department after a dog bite?
We always recommend that a formal report is made after a dog bite occurs. You can make a report with Gwinnett County Animal Control or the Gwinnett County Police Department. The trained staff at these organization can provide you with information they need to properly document the incident. A dog bite lawyer in Gwinnett County can then take the information in the report to maximize the settlement for your dog bite case.
If you have any additional questions or if you would like a free case evaluation, please contact our law firm to discuss your case with a dog bite lawyer in Gwinnett County near me today.