Yes, in most cases a dog bite lawsuit can be pursued if the owner of the dog that inflicted injuries is not insured. It may be in the best interest of the victim to first talk with a Peachtree City dog bite attorney about the viability of a claim following the dog attack.
Filing a Dog Bite Lawsuit against a Dog Owner
The fact that someone doesn’t carry insurance doesn’t diminish responsibility for negligence. Just as this is true with someone who owns a car and injures another person, so it is with an owner whose dog causes serious or life-threatening physical harm to someone else in a dog attack.
Ideally, a victim would be able to recover compensation from homeowner’s insurance, renter’s insurance, auto insurance (if the bite occurs in an automobile) or even animal insurance. But if the dog’s owner doesn’t have any type of insurance, or there are exclusions in the policies that prevent recovery of damages for dog bites, the other option would be to file a lawsuit.
Before steps can be taken to pursue legal action, the victim needs to collect all evidence that will be necessary for the case. Evidence might include medical records, photographs of the wounds, statements from those who might have witnessed the dog attack, documentation that the individual is the dog's owner and anything else that is relevant to the incident and injuries.
Help from a Peachtree City Dog Bite Attorney
To get a good understanding of the types of damages that may be available, it’s a good idea to seek legal advice. An attorney will review the evidence that has been compiled.
This should all be done as soon as possible. By acting fast, all evidence may be better preserved. Also, there is the risk of running out of time to file the claim. The statute of limitations for a personal injury case in Georgia is two years.
A Peachtree City dog bite attorney at the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz can assist those who have been injured by a dog bite and wish to file a dog bite lawsuit.