Dogs have earned their moniker for being “man’s best friend” for several reasons — they are sweet, loyal, and they give unconditional love to their masters. However, dogs are still animals capable of dangerous attacks and when an owner endangers others by improperly securing their dog, they can be held responsible.

A dog bite injury can occur due to a variety of reasons; Dogs can be possessive, territorial, protective, and also may attack when they afraid or in pain.  In theory, any dog can potentially bite humans. Apart from providing food and shelter to a pet, a dog owner should invest ample time in training and socializing a dog in order to prevent aggressive behaviors such as biting.

What do I do first?

The first thing that you need to do after you or someone you love suffers a dog bite, after getting medical attention, is to contact the owner of the animal, ideally through a letter. This letter should outline the details of the incident as well as the expenses involved in the treatment of the dog bite. The letter should also include a deadline for payment and the action you will take if your demands are not met.…

Five Immediate Steps to Take After a Dog Bite

When a dog has bitten you or someone you love, your first concern should be to get medical treatment. This five-step plan outlines what you should be doing to help your legal case while still focusing on the most important thing, getting proper medical treatment.

1. Document the Scene – Take down information about exactly what happened and where it occurred. If you can figure out who the dog is and where he or she came from, this will make medical treatment easier and help you later if you wind up taking the case to court. Any information you can provide concerning the accident or the scene of the accident is important and worth detailing in your files.

2. Seek Medical Care – Get the medical care you need as soon as possible. If the incident is severe, you may want to call 911 and allow an ambulance to pick you up and take you to the hospital. Driving when you are in severe pain or have lost an extreme amount of blood is dangerous. Make sure you follow all instructions given by the medical professional and keep records of all …

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A 23-year-old Georgia Perimeter College student and animal rescuer was recently found mauled to death in her Decatur home. According to DeKalb County law enforcement officers, Rebecca Carey succumbed to multiple dog bites from at least one of the dogs she sought to save. Carey’s body was reportedly discovered by a friend, Jackie Cira, after she failed to call or come in to work at the Loving Hands Animal Clinic in Alpharetta. According to Cira, it appeared as if Carey had fallen and hit her head. At the time of her death, Carey reportedly had five dogs in her home including a large Presa she was watching for a friend.

Although DeKalb police officers initially believed Carey was the victim of a homicide, they later determined the woman died as a result of dog bite wounds. All five dogs found n Carey’s home at the time of her death were euthanized. Cira believes animal control officers were too quick to euthanize the dogs. She also said due to the variation in size among the five dogs, it should have been possible to determine which dog actually bit Carey. The Interim Director at DeKalb County Animal Control, Tim Medlin, stated safety …

According to the Insurance Information Institute, insurers in the United States paid out about $479 million in dog bite claims last year. Institute spokesperson Loretta Worters stated insurance companies paid approximately $66 million more in dog bite claims in 2011 than in the previous year. Last year, State Farm Mutual Insurance Company alone processed nearly 3,800 dog bite claims totaling over $109 million across the U.S. That number was up from 2010 by approximately 300 claims valued at almost $20 million. At State Farm, the mean cost per dog bite claim in 2011 was reportedly $28,799. A representative from State Farm said the company is currently attempting to determine the cause of the spike in dog bite claims.

The nation’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated almost 5 million people are bitten by dogs in the U.S. every year and approximately 800,000 victims seek medical attention for their wounds. Although fewer than half of those who seek medical attention require treatment, about 16 people are killed by a dog each year. At least half of dog bite victims across the country are children. Additionally, senior citizens and postal carriers are also at an increased risk for dog bites.

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The Georgia Court of Appeals recently held that in order to recover against an allegedly negligent owner, the dog bite victim must prove the defendant actually owned or kept the dog. A Georgia woman sued the owner of the home in which she was bitten, but the trial court ruled in the owner’s favor. The court explained that the woman did not present sufficient evidence showing the homeowner actually owned or kept the dog. She also failed to point to any local ordinance that would impose strict liability on the owner. As such, the defendant could not he held liable.

Annie Cormier provided home health care to an elderly patient in Augusta, Georgia. The patient lived in the home of her son-in-law, Joseph Willis. On July 2, 2009, Cormier went to Joseph’s home to take care of his mother-in-law. Joseph was out of state on vacation at the time. But his daughter, Carmaleita, 27, was there, visiting from Atlanta. She brought her pit bull, Kain, with her to the house. When Cormier pulled into the driveway, Kain was chained on the porch. But the dog slipped out of his collar and jumped through the open front passenger window into Cormier’s …

This week, DeKalb jurors heard testimony about a dog mauling that took the left arm of an eight-year-old girl. The Solicitor-General played tapes of a frantic 911 call during the attack as well as the testimony of the dog owner, who showed remorse for the little girl. The judge should make a ruling after hearing closing arguments, scheduled for the end of this week.

Erin Ingram, 8, was waiting for friends outside her home in Lithonia when she was attacked by two neighborhood dogs. Twyann Vaughn owned the two Staffordshire terrier mixes and left the dogs unattended while she packed for a move. A neighbor heard Erin screaming and called the police. While waiting for the police, one woman tried to scare the dogs away with her car; another tried to beat them with an umbrella. A DeKalb police sergeant arrived and hit the canines with a metal baton. After repeated blows, the dogs let go of Erin and turned on the officer. He shot one of the dogs the other ran home. The second dog was later euthanized. After the mauling, doctors had to amputate Erin’s left arm. She was in third grade.

Dog owner Vaughn was charged with …

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