What You Need to Know About Georgia Dog Bite Statute of Limitations

Individuals have two years from the day of the incident to file a personal injury lawsuit for a dog bite in Georgia. Here’s everything you need to know about Georgia dog bite statute of limitations.

Individuals can file a personal injury lawsuit following a dog bite if the dog is considered dangerous and the owner was negligent, leading to the attack on the individual. The dog must be considered dangerous under certain conditions. Individuals have two years to file the lawsuit against the dog owner.

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When a Dog Owner is Liable

In most states, a dog owner is liable if they are knowledgeable about their dog being dangerous. However, Georgia law states individuals are liable if they own a dangerous dog AND are negligent in their care for this dog, leading to the injury of another individual/individuals.

When a Dog is Considered Dangerous

In Georgia, dogs are dangerous under specific stipulations.

Georgia law states a dog is dangerous if:

A dog attacks an individual and causes a substantial puncture in the individuals skin with their teeth
An individual reasonably believes that the dog poses an imminent threat to them or anyone else following an attack by the dog
The dog kills another pet animal off the owner’s property.

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Filing a Lawsuit After a Dog Attack

If a dog attacks an individual and the owner was negligent in the care of their dangerous dog, the attacked individual has the authority to file a personal injury lawsuit. The statute of limitations in Georgia to file such a lawsuit is 2 years after the date of the incident. Individuals should consult with an attorney with all the evidence to be supported in filing this lawsuit.

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