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Savannah Injury Lawyers Help Dog Bite Victims Recover for Trauma

Determined representation focused on obtaining full compensation

Dog bites are painful, traumatic, and can even result in lifelong disability. Because of the risks associated with dog bites, dog owners are required to keep their dogs on a leash and under control when outside their yards. When they fail to do so, they can put other people at risk. Hundreds of thousands of people need medical attention each year because of dog bites, and many of those victims require treatment in emergency rooms. If you or a loved one were injured by a dog that wasn’t restrained, enclosed, or leashed, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. The Savannah personal injury attorneys at Owens & Mulherin Injury Lawyers want to investigate your dog bite case and work hard to get you the money you deserve.

Our attorneys have handled cases of dogs knocking over cyclists, disfiguring faces, and causing the loss of skin so severe that skin grafts were required. We have nearly 20 years of experience assisting victims like you, and our No Fee Guarantee® means you have nothing to lose when you put your case in our hands.

U.S. and Georgia dog bite facts

The truth is, our canine best friends are not always on their best behavior. Statistics from across the country show that:

  • Approximately 4.7 million persons are bitten by dogs bites every year.
  • Only about 17 percent of dog bites are reported.
  • Almost 800,000 dog bites require medical attention every year.
  • Half of dog bites getting medical care were to children.

Closer to home, dog bites are also a great concern. County health department reports indicate the scope of the problem in Coastal Georgia as far back as 1999:

  • 152 dog bites per 100,000 population in Chatham County
  • 87 dog bites per 100,000 population in Bulloch County
  • 24 dog bites per 100,000 population in Effingham County

In response to the problem, these counties all implemented a dog-bite reduction program that include strong local ordinances, stepped-up enforcement, consistent reporting of dog attacks, and community-wide education.

Lawyers fighting for Georgia dog bite victims

For victims to pursue claims for compensation after dog bites in Georgia, one of two criteria must be met:

  • The owner’s dog is known to be dangerous due to a previous bite incident.
  • The owner lives in an area of the state that has a city or county ordinance that requires all dogs be leashed, but the dog was unrestrained and was allowed to roam free.

In addition, other stipulations also may be involved, including conditions that must be met for dogs to be taken off private property and even the maximum length of their leashes.

What compensation is available after a dog bite?

While some dog bites are minor wounds that heal without much treatment, others can be severe and even life-threatening. If you were bitten by a dog that wasn’t properly restrained, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for the following expenses:

  • Medical bills — Treatment for a dog bite can be expensive — especially if it requires immediate emergency medical attention and plastic surgery. Whether you needed to be transported to the hospital in an ambulance, required surgery to clean out bacteria and repair tissue damage, or were prescribed medications to control pain and prevent infection, you may be stuck with big medical bills that you can’t afford. You may also face prolonged rehabilitation and therapy to regain control and function in the part of your body where you were bitten.
  • Lost wages — Dog bites can often result in complications that go beyond initial tissue damage and bleeding. You may have suffered nerve damage, ligament damage, and infection that destroyed healthy tissue and even spread throughout your body — all conditions that can make it difficult or impossible to go back to work. And if the complications are severe, you may lose a limb or body part due to trauma or amputation.
  • Pain and suffering — The initial recovery period after a dog bite may be just the beginning for how the incident will affect your life. You may suffer from anxiety or develop a fear of dogs and other animals. In addition, the bite may cause chronic pain that can’t be controlled with medication, making it hard to work or enjoy time with your family and friends. Scarring, which can result in self-consciousness and lowered self-esteem, is also possible.

Unfortunately, some victims of dog bites experience all three of these outcomes. At Owens & Mulherin, we believe innocent people should never have to pay for an injury that was caused by a dog owner’s negligence. If you or a family member suffered a dog bite, contact our lawyers today for a free case review.

Contact us today to get the help you deserve after a dog bite

Although dog bites can be disfiguring, painful, and even disabling, filing a successful claim for compensation against dog owners isn’t always easy. At Owens & Mulherin Injury Lawyers, we have represented dog bite victims like you for the past two decades, and we know what it takes to build a strong injury claim on your behalf.

We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us at 912-212-2100 or contact us online to get in touch. All our initial consultations are free, and we’ll be here to answer your questions and address your concerns every step of the way.

Reviews From Our Clients
  • "I was pregnant and injured in an automobile accident. Mr. Owens, personally, came to the hospital. He told me he would handle everything, I just needed to get healthy for the baby and myself. Mr. Owens did everything he said he would. I highly recommend Owens and Mulherin. Everyone in their office is friendly and informative. You're not just another client with them, they genuinely care." - Lindsay Chadwick

  • "Highly recommend working with this group!! They are very friendly, understanding, caring people and very easy to talk to. They Gave us plenty of time to talk with them. Did not make us feel rushed and explained everything thoroughly. Made the experience the best possible and we had a positive outcome during a tragic time. Thank you to the attorneys and entire staff." - Cindy Shuman

  • "I found Mr. Owens to be very professional and extremely sympathetic towards my needs as a result of my injuries. His experience helped guide me through my case and we ultimately won in the end...settled out of court! Thanks for all your help!" - Diane Calahan

  • "Following an automobile accident I sought representation from Wil Owens. Throughout the process he and his staff were always very kind, informative, and diligent in protecting my rights and interests. I knew my case was minor comparatively speaking, however, they never minimized the importance of my situation or claim. I would highly recommend this local law firm!!Sincerely,Christi (Fry) Vinyard" - Christi Fry

  • "This was my first time having to get an attorney and my experience was great. They make sure you fully understand everything that's going on and make sure the case is settled in your favor. I highly recommend this attorney office if you need one." - Dee James

  • "Absolutely 100% the best law firm around. I was completely blown away by the staff with all their generosity and helpfulness every step of the way. Wilbur Owens is hands down the best attorney I have ever met. He was caring, professional, and helpful in all aspects of my case, from the very begining with all my treatments to the very end with my settlement. He was highly recommend to me and I have heard nothing but great things about him and his firm. They truly are the best around and if ths need were to arise again in the future I will gladly come to the law firm of Owens and Mulherin. Wonderful people and they gave me my life back as well as piece of mind, and for that I am and always will be truly thankful." - Courtney Graves

  • "I had a good experience with Mr. Owens and Ms. Teresa. They were very professional and was on point. It was a long process but it was worth the wait. I would recommend anyone to this lawfirm." - Ashley Robertson

  • "My thanks to Mr. Owens and his crew. After getting injured at work , and not knowing what to do I found them thru a local web search. Everyone in the office was great, Will walked me thru my case and explained how it would go. After everything I would highly recommend this law firm. I can't say enough of Mr. Owens and his staff . Thank you for your help!" - Mark Kalla

  • "I worked with Mr. Ownens and his team for my most recent accident involving 2 uninsured motorists, and I am extremely pleased with the way my case was worked, as well as the outcome. I cannot say anything negative about the law firm whatsoever, but I can tell you that being hit by uninsured vehicles is a nightmare." - Nic Schuman

  • "Loved working with me. Mulherin. Didn’t make me feel rushed or pinned against a wall. He gave me the beat and worse case scenario. Went to bat for me when the insurance company thought they could get away with being cheap. Brooke was amazing to work with to. Always answered calls or emails in a timely manner." - Natasha Campbell

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Wilbur D. Owens

Mr. Owens devotes his practice exclusively to representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death claims. His primary focus is automobile/tractor-trailer accidents, dog bites, slip/trip and falls, medical malpractice, injuries from dangerous products, job injuries and nursing home abuse. Before joining forces with Mr. Mulherin to open Owens & Mulherin in 2001, Mr. Owens worked…

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Joseph A. Mulherin

Mr. Mulherin represents individuals in personal injury cases. His primary practice areas are automobile accidents, tractor-trailer collisions, medical malpractice claims and workplace injuries. Before forming Owens & Mulherin with Mr. Owens in 2001, Mr. Mulherin practiced at Bouhan, Williams & Levy, LLP, from 1984 - 2000, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury cases.…

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