Georgians often treat their pets like members of the family, and it’s easy to see why. Pets can be a source of joy and unconditional love. Unfortunately, they sometimes harm other people, like when a dog bites another person, unprovoked. Victims and pet owners may not understand exactly who is at fault in these situations, but the legal system can help determine that. In one recent case a mayor has filed suit against Delta Air Lines over a dog bite that he suffered on a flight a couple of years ago.
The incident happened when the mayor says that he was on a flight when a boarding passenger’s dog bit him. He says he was seated in his assigned seat when the attack happened. He claims that he asked Delta Air Lines to provide proof that the dog was properly vaccinated, but he says the airline refused. He says he also requested the contact information of the dog’s owner and the dog’s medical history, but did not receive it.
The mayor reports that he suffered serious and permanent injuries to his left lower leg due to the attack. He says that he had to endure rabies treatments since the airline wouldn’t give him information about the dog’s rabies status, and that those treatments were painful. He says he has had to pay unexpected medical expenses due to the incident and Delta’s failure to prevent the problem in the first place. There is no word on the amount of damages he is seeking in his lawsuit.
No one wants to think that his or her faithful, furry friend would ever harm another person, but it happens all too often. A dog bite attack can have serious consequences for a victim, potentially causing the individual permanent physiological and psychological damage. Victims of dog bites here in Georgia may want to talk to an attorney about potential civil litigation and how it may benefit them.