Dog bites are so much of a threat nationwide that many states have launched programs to raise awareness and reduce the number of incidents. The first thing to understand about dog bites is they are much more common than you think, and fatalities are often the result of a dog attacking humans.
From 2003 to 2014, the average cost of dog bite claims increased by 67 percent. That includes statistics on total settlement amount, medical expenses, and the verdicts delivered from judges and juries. Georgia has consistently floated in the top ten states for dog bite settlements. On average, $32,000 is the payout for a dog bite claim in the state. This is nowhere near the highest average, with New York cases paying out around $53,000 on average.
Over half the dog bite attacks on children will end in a fatality. Due to a child’s relative size and strength, even an average-sized dog can overpower them and cause serious injury. Children are also more likely to approach a potentially dangerous animal without fear – often trespassing on private property to do so.
Pit bulls and Rottweilers are large and powerful, which is why they consistently top the list of animals that cause serious injury or death when they attack. However, smaller dogs, such as Chihuahuas, are more likely to attack humans; their bites do not usually result in fatalities.
Legal Programs & Prevention
It is important that communities in Georgia work together to reduce the number of dog bites. Legal enforcement of ordinances and leashing and fencing regulations play crucial roles in helping to control potentially dangerous dogs. It is also worth noting that Georgia favors dog owners, compelling the victims of dog bites to provide evidence that the owner was negligent in incidents where a dog attacks.
If you have suffered injury as the result of a dog bite in Georgia, you may want to consult with an experienced lawyer who can help you build a case for compensation. Proving the owner was negligent and you did not provoke the attack can prove difficult without the support of a lawyer who understands relevant areas of the law.
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