Augusta Dog Bite Lawyer

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but when pets attack, the injuries can be extremely serious (to say nothing of the profound emotional distress that can follow).

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Companion animals provide protection and unconditional love to a family, but sometimes a dog can become violent. If you or a family member have been the victim of an aggressive dog attack, our Augusta personal injury lawyers are in the key position to guide you through the legal system to attain appropriate compensation for your pain and suffering.

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Although some dog attacks are unavoidable there are ways you can actively control a situation before it leads to an attack. In the case of a companion animal in the home, it is essential that adults are aware of the warnings signs a dog may present that indicates they are feeling stressed and may become aggressive.

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Although some dog attacks are unavoidable there are ways you can actively control a situation before it leads to an attack. In the case of a companion animal in the home, it is essential that adults are aware of the warnings signs a dog may present that indicates they are feeling stressed and may become aggressive.

Some of these behaviors include:

    • Yawning, licking lips, avoiding eye contact – Though these behaviors don’t always mean that a dog will bite they are indicators that a dog may be experiencing stress about a situation.
    • Rigid body – A dog that is feeling anxiety may stiffen their body as opposed to the relaxed posture you are used to seeing in your animal.
    • Low growl or bared teeth – This is one of the more obvious behaviors a dog will express when they feel threatened and may potentially bite.
    • Wagging tail – When a dog is comfortable or excited they will not only wag their tail but their entire body. A sign that a dog is uncomfortable will be a wagging tail that is held straight up while their body remains stiff. Their ears may also be perked.
    • Raised hackles – A dog will have raised fur when they feel threatened or anxious. This indicates a dog is unhappy with a situation.
    • Whites of eyes evident – A relaxed dog will not have the whites of their eyes visible. However, in the case of a stressful situation, they will widen their eyes and focus solely on the apparent threat.

If you notice any of these behaviors, and it is safe to do so, remove your dog from the situation or remove the stressor. Common stressors are a small child that has not learned how to give an animal adequate space or is heavy handed when petting.

Too many injury victims feel that legal action is out of the question due to the legal fees they expect to accumulate. Many are already facing substantial financial burdens due to their accident and hiring legal counsel may seem out of the question.

At M. Austin Jackson, Attorney at Law, we are well-versed with the expenses and concerns injury victims face in the wake of their accident. That is why we often work on contingency fees. That means we charge our clients nothing until we secure them a financial recovery. That way, any injury victim can have access to experienced, vigilant counsel to pursue the relief they know they deserve during this difficult time.

While Georgia law does not require you to hire a personal injury lawyer, doing so may be in your best interest.

That’s because most personal injury claims are filed against an insurance company — a large and powerful corporation that will work very hard to pay you as little money as possible.

Far from the promises they make in their TV commercials, insurers exist to make themselves a profit — not to be your neighbor, friend, or a helping hand.

Taking on an insurance company by yourself can be a real challenge. Insurance adjustors are specially trained in the art of reducing the company’s financial liability whenever possible. Additionally, they have extensive resources and entire legal teams to support them.

By hiring an Augusta personal injury lawyer, you can level the playing field. In fact, insurance companies may view your claim differently the moment you hire a lawyer. After all, their best hope is to make your claim go away as quickly as possible (and for the smallest amount of money possible). The last thing they want is a costly trial, especially if they believe they might lose. Your lawyer can be helpful in persuading the insurer that reaching a fair settlement is in everyone’s best interest.

In a perfect world, insurance companies would always do the right thing, and they would always take accident victims seriously whether they hire a lawyer or not. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.

No two cases are quite alike. The amount of financial compensation available in your claim will depend on a number of factors, including (but not limited to):

    • The severity of your injuries
    • The nature of any other damages you might be able to claim
    • The number of parties liable
    • Whether you were partially at fault too (note that this is not a bar to recovering money in many cases)
    • The relevant insurance policy limits
    • Any statutory caps or limitations that might apply
    • All the other factors and circumstances surrounding your claim.

We understand, however, that your potential for financial recovery is an important part of your decision about whether to take legal action. We also understand how important that money is to you and your family — you’ve suffered real losses, you may have missed work, you have bills to pay, and so on.

While no one can promise specific results in advance, what we can offer you is a free, no-obligation consultation with our Augusta personal injury lawyer. Call us or contact us online, tell us about your situation, and we can help you learn more about the damages you might be entitled to.

We can also tell you how much money people with similar claims have recovered in Georgia in the past.

In some cases, you may be entitled to much more money than you realize. For that reason, it is important to discuss your claim closely (and confidentially) with an experienced attorney before making any decisions about your legal rights.

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