Barnes & Cohen understands Florida and Georgia Laws designed to protect victims of dog bite attacks. Vicious unrestrained dogs have the potential to cause serious injuries especially when the victim is a small child, infant or an elderly person. We know from experience that when a serious dog bite injury occurs, the owner many times knew their dog had exhibited aggressive behavior or even bitten others before the attack. If you or your loved one has been bitten or attacked by an unrestrained dog, you need an experienced personal injury attorney. At Barnes & Cohen, we hold negligent dog owners responsible for the injury and emotional pain they have caused.
Our lawyers, based in Jacksonville, Florida, also serve dog bite victims from our satellite offices in St. Marys and Brunswick, Georgia. If you are too hurt to travel, we will come to you. We offer hospital and home visits. Contact our law firm today at 904-300-1659 or 912-208-2578 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced, knowledgeable personal injury lawyer.
WE UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FLORIDA AND GEORGIA LAW
You may not be aware of this, but liability law regarding dog bites and dog attacks is different in Georgia and Florida. Florida has strict liability laws regarding dog bites, however, those laws apply only to the owner of the dog. Georgia law effectively gives dog owners “one free bite” if the owner did not know that the dog posed a danger to others. The owner can claim ignorance the first time around. However, there are ways to hold a Georgia dog owner responsible despite the statutory protection.
However, the dog owner may be violating a local ordinance, such as a leash requirement. Some apartment complexes, landlords and Home Owners Insurance companies ban breeds such as pit bulls, German shepherds, Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers. If the dog that bit was loose, local leash laws may hold the owner liable. If you were bit by a dog that was not supposed to even be on the premises, we will do everything we can to hold the dog owner and/or the property owner accountable for your injuries.
If you are a Florida resident who was bitten by a dog in Georgia, you need an attorney who understands the laws in both states. Our lawyers have a long track record of success in trial cases across North Florida and South Georgia.
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A dog attack can have long-lasting consequences, such as severe scarring, disfigurement, emotional pain, amputations and even death. Our experienced, fearless trial attorneys know what is at stake for you, which is why they will pursue every available opportunity to get you help. Hablamos español.