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      Scott Pryor

      Scott is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is listed in the top 1% of trial attorneys in the nation by the Litigator Awards. He is also a member of Super Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association—Champion Level and sits on the Communications Committee of GTLA, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

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      JJ Timmons

      J. J. Timmons graduated from Mercer Law School in 2000. He spent many years thereafter doing insurance defense work in general liability and workers’ compensation for several insurance companies and a major automobile manufacturer. He eventually realized that he was working on the wrong side and has been representing plaintiffs and injured workers for the last seven years.

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      Kurtis Badger

      Kurtis graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law – a top-ten law school – in 2019. Following graduation, Kurtis began practice in corporate litigation and defense at a top-20 law firm worldwide. Kurtis gained experience in sophisticated, complex, multimillion-dollar litigation, and successfully defended international corporations against many single-plaintiff claims. With a desire to be “on the right side of the table,” Kurtis joined Scott Pryor Law in August 2021, and has been helping injured plaintiffs obtain justice ever since.

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      Zahra Jacobs

      Zahra has a background in Project Management and Change Management with 18 years of experience in financial services. Throughout her career Zahra has implemented large scale transformation initiatives of processes and applications keeping people at the forefront. Zahra is very driven and solutions oriented and cares about people. She is also bilingual. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband, beautiful daughter, and their many pets (2 dogs, and 3 cats).

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      Angie Hemmings

      Angie Hemmings joined Scott Pryor Law just last year, and has already made her mark on the Firm. Her previous employment on staff at a local church prepared Angie for her current role in client relations and marketing. Meeting prospective clients, checking in regularly with current clients, and staying in touch with former clients are what Angie is passionate about. She wants you to know that you and your family are important to her.

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      Gilbert Abad

      Mr. Abad is an expert with over eighteen years of experience in the legal field, holds numerous degrees, and is bilingual. Over his career, Mr. Abad had the pleasure of training attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, and office staff on legal issues and procedures. He has also taught Introduction to Law and Legal Research and Writing as an adjunct professor at Gwinnett College. He has served in the U.S. Army, and has served with the United Nations in Macedonia as a U.N. Peacekeeper.

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      Kianna Lanier

      Having recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Political Science, Kianna Lanier has long term goals to pursue a career as an attorney. She first recognized her interest in law through her studies in journalism which allowed her to build proficient writing skills. From there she was able to secure multiple internships where she acquired immense knowledge in legal research.

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      Amanda Wood

      Amanda is a great recent addition to the Scott Pryor Law team, and is making a difference daily with her great organizational skills and tenacity.  A transplant to Georgia, she moved to Gwinnett county about six years ago with her husband, two children, and two dogs. When not at work, she enjoys reading, crafting, spending time with her family, and spoiling her new grandbaby.

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Georgia is one of a few states that still utilizes the concept of the one-bite-rule. In short, this means that a dog’s owner is not liable for an accidental attack unless the plaintiff can prove that the owner knew or should have known about the dog’s violent history.

However, other portions of the law allow a plaintiff to bypass this requirement if the owner was so negligent as to ignore local animal control laws or if an owner allows a known dangerous animal to run free.

A Columbus dog bite lawyer could help you to pursue your claim following a dog bite injury. A seasoned legal professional could work to establish your rights under the law, investigate the principal incident, and look into the animal’s history to determine any past incidents of violence.

Pursing Claims Under Statutory Law

While state law still gives dog owners the benefit of the doubt after an accidental attack, dog owners still carry responsibility. According to O.C.G.A. §51-2-7, the keeper of an animal may be liable for an attack if the animal has a “vicious propensity.”

As a result, an injured person may pursue damages from a dog’s owner if the attack happened in a place where the owner had a duty to keep the animal on a leash. Because Columbus law requires all dog owners to keep their animals on a leash when not on the owner’s property, an owner is likely liable for an attack.

However, this same statute provides a possible defense for defendants. Defendants may attempt to present evidence that a plaintiff teased or otherwise antagonized the animal causing the incident. A dog bite lawyer in Columbus could help defend against counterclaims of enticing a dog to attack and preserve a plaintiff’s ability to recover compensation.

Cases Centered Around Common Law

The State Supreme Court case of Steagold v. Eason, GA: Supreme Court (2017) finds that a dog owner may be liable under a theory of common negligence. This means that an owner may still be responsible for an attack that happens on their land if the plaintiff can show that the owner had a reason to know of the dangerous nature of the animal. This is in line with traditional one-bite rules.

As a result, many dog bite cases rely on a plaintiff’s ability to investigate the dog’s history of violence and discipline. It may also require a plaintiff to evaluate the owner’s knowledge of that past. A Columbus dog bite attorney could perform the necessary discovery work to determine if a claim based around common law negligence is appropriate.

A Columbus Dog Bite Attorney May be Able to Help You

The aftermath of a dog bite may leave you scared and confused. Dog bites and other attacks can result in serious injuries that leave physical damage, financial losses, and emotional trauma in their wake. However, determining if a dog’s owner is liable for that attack may involve a complex combination of statute and case law analysis.

A Columbus dog bite lawyer could help you to make the necessary legal argument to collect compensation for your losses. They could also help measure those losses and pursue your case within the two-year statute of limitations. Contact a Columbus dog bite lawyer today to discuss your options.

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