As an Atlanta dog bite lawyer, I know a dog bite attack can be an extremely traumatic experience, especially for children who tend to be the most frequent victims of such attacks. A young girl in Lithonia, Dekalb County had to be hospitalized after a vicious pit bull attack just before Christmas.
12-year-old Alexus Williams had gone to pick up a friend. The dog pounced on the girl as soon as the front door was opened. Alexus' mother heard her screams and grabbed a brick and then a knife and struck the dog. Alexus was left with serious facial injuries and multiple dog bites all over her body.
It was a tough Christmas for the family that is already going through hard financial times. It's been heartbreaking to read about Alexus's mother who used whatever money she had saved for Christmas to buy a new bed for the young girl. Alexus needs plenty of cosmetic treatment to take care of her facial scars. Alexus' mother confirms that her daughter is worried she "won't be pretty anymore".
It's important for Alexus and her family to know that they have rights under Georgia's dog bite law and may be eligible for compensation from the owner of the dog and/or the owner of the property where the attack occurred. As an Atlanta premises liability lawyer, I notice very often that victims are very hesitant to claim damages in attacks that occur on a friend's property. It's important to for victims to know that it's not the property owner who will be paying the damages, but their insurer.