Which Careers are Most Susceptible to Dog Bites?

July 1, 2019

In the United States, about 4.5 million people get bitten by a dog every year. That’s more than 12,000 people per day. Additionally, almost one out of five of those who have been bitten seek medical treatment. To make matters worse, nearly half of those are children, followed by the elderly.  However, some people are most susceptible to dog bites because of what they do for a living. These workers are prompt to dog bites when they unintentionally disturb dogs for merely doing their job. According to a report of the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s National Institutes of Health, it indicates that “most attacks are unprovoked, but dogs are not always to blame. Dogs resent being disturbed while eating and dislike being threatened or feeling that their territory is being invaded, and they can be jealous of the attention given to other family members.” That is why it is likely that individuals that work outdoors are more prone to dog bites than others. Careers that are Prone to Dog Bites Jobs whose tasks involve entering into dog owners’ private property get bitten by dogs reasonably frequently. For example, postal workers are being bitten quite often. They are permitted to enter private property to deliver mail and parcels, however, due to a dog’s natural instinct to protect, they may think that they are there to hurt their owners, which is why dogs often attack mail carriers. If you are a mail carrier, it’s important to know that while making sure that delivering the mail on time is important, so is your safety. If you see a dog coming towards you, calmly make your way back to your vehicle. If you are on foot, make sure to retreat from the property as calmly as possible in order to not make the dog feel threatened by your presence in “their territory”. Other careers that have to deal with dogs guarding the properties they have to enter include meter readers, utility workers, painters, handymen, service repair technicians, landscapers, and the like. They have to potentially pass by dogs in the yard to do their jobs, and if these dogs are not friendly to them, they may end up hurt and having to seek medical help for their injuries. Having a career in any of these professions doesn’t mean that you’ll get bitten sooner or later, but it means that you have to be extra cautious. If you are a dog owner and know that you are expecting these kinds of workers at your home, it is best to keep your dog inside for both the safety of the workers and your dog as well as avoiding any potential legal battles at the same time, especially if your dog tends to be aggressive towards strangers. How to Protect Yourself from Getting Attacked Since these jobs are very much prone to getting bitten, it’s essential to know how to defend yourself to avoid months or even years of suffering and even loss of income. Wear a whistle around your neck Dogs are sensitive to high-pitched noises, therefore if a dog ever gets too close to you, […]

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Jury Trial Victory In Dekalb County

June 18, 2019

ATLANTA, GA – February 18, 2019 –Zagoria Law, an Atlanta-based law firm specializing in personal injury cases, is pleased to announce a jury verdict of $218,868.24 in DeKalb County State Court, in the case of Sherry Whitfield v. Veronica Hernandez and Gerson Ventura, Civil Action File Number 17-A-65849-5. On July 9, 2016, Sherry Whitfield was walking down her driveway after collecting her mail.  Defendants’ dog “Jacob” was off property, loose and unrestrained, bit Sherry on her left leg twice and knocked her to the ground.  Sherry was transported by ambulance to Grady and was diagnosed with two bite wounds to her leg.  Sherry would eventually undergo scar revision surgery with Susan Kolb, MD. The defense counsel argued that the Defendants’ were not liable, as they had not carelessly managed their dog.   Even if they were at fault, Ms. Whitfield had no permanent physical injuries and only scarring.  Ms. Whitfield’s medical bills were $20,162.24 “I was very pleased that the jury gave us the verdict we requested in closing”, Zagoria concluded.  The offer from the insurance company-Liberty Mutual prior to trial was $40,000.00.  The trial took four days before the Honorable Mike Jacobs. About Zagoria Law Zagoria Law is an Atlanta-based personal injury law firm dedicated to providing unyielding representation to its clients. Founder David Zagoria has more than 20 years of experience as a prosecutor and trial attorney litigating injury cases in State and Federal Courts throughout Georgia. Honored as a Georgia Super Lawyer, Zagoria’s focus on personal injury cases, specifically dog bites and serious injury-premises liability cases, ensures unparalleled service and dedication from the very beginning of clients’ cases until the end. For more information, please visit http://www.lawzagoria.com. Sign Up for our Newsletter to read more Articles like this. Click to view news stories related to this case

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Zagoria Law Attorneys Recognized As Super Lawyers

February 6, 2019

Zagoria Law is pleased to announce the recognition of attorneys David Zagoria and Brooks Neely by Thompson Reuters at Top Rated Super Lawyers in the state of Georgia. Zagoria was named a 2019 Super Lawyer and Neely was honored as a 2019 Rising star. David Zagoria Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 – 2019 Zagoria has earned the Super Lawyer title for the last four years in a row. He is well known and respected in his field. Zagoria has a reputation as an effective, professional and dedicated personal injury attorney that delivers high-quality legal services. He is also an active member of the legal community. He serves as secretary for the  Animal Law Section Board for the Atlanta Bar Association, is a Champion Member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, member of the American Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice. He has been recognized as a top-rated lawyer by the Super Lawyers rating service 7 times throughout his career, is a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College.   Brooks Neely Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 Neely was awarded the Rising Star title after being recognized by his peers for his outstanding work and commitment to the spirit of the legal profession. He has demonstrated that he is knowledgable, professional, ethical and a sincere advocate of personal injury clients. Neely is also a Champion Member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.    About Super Lawyers Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.   About Zagoria Law Zagoria Law is an Atlanta-based personal injury law firm dedicated to providing unyielding representation to its clients. Founder David Zagoria has more than 20 years of experience as a prosecutor and trial attorney litigating injury cases in State and Federal Courts throughout Georgia. Honored as a Georgia Super Lawyer, Zagoria’s focus on personal injury cases, specifically dog bites and serious injury-premises liability cases, ensures unparalleled service and dedication from the very beginning of clients’ cases until the end. For more information, please visit http://www.lawzagoria.com. Sign Up for our Newsletter to read more Articles like this.

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Jury Trial Victory in Federal Court for Zagoria Law

December 6, 2018

Jury Trial Awards Plaintiff Agustin Rojo 100,000.00 in Dog Bite Case Trial ATLANTA, GA – December 6, 2018 – Zagoria Law, an Atlanta-based law firm specializing in personal injury cases is pleased to announce their most recent jury verdict involving a dog bite. The victim was awarded $100,000.00 in a case that was tried in The United States District Court for The Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division in the case of Agustin Rojo v. Joseph Hillery, Civil Action File Number 1:18-CV-00080-CC. On July 20, 2016, Agustin Rojo, was working as part of a landscaping crew at a client’s home located on Long Lake Terrace in Cobb County, Georgia. Mr. Hillery, who resides in Baltimore, Maryland was visiting his daughter who lived on the same street. Mr. Hillery took his dog, Riley, for a walk and was not able to control the canine. Riley bit Agustin Rojo on the back of his knee causing injury. After the dog bite, Mr. Hillery drove the Plaintiff to the emergency room and to Burger King for dinner and then drove Agustin to his home. The defense argued that Mr. Hillery was not liable, as he never dropped the leash and even if he was at fault, all of Mr. Rojo’s injuries were pre-existing and therefore he should receive nothing. “I was concerned the jury would side with Mr. Hillery, as he was a very nice man and his actions to take care of Agustin after the attack were very admirable. I am very pleased that the jury recognized that Agustin was deserving of this generous verdict”, concluded Mr Rojo’s attorney, David Zagoria. The offer from the insurance company prior to trial was $6,000.00. The trial took three days before the Honorable Clarence Cooper. Images of the injuries

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Zagoria Law and Jeff Klein, P.C. Receive Jury Verdict in Favor of Postal Worker

September 12, 2018

ATLANTA – September 13, 2018 – Zagoria Law, LLC, and Jeff Klein P.C. have received a winning jury verdict on behalf of Katrina Bebee, following an attack by a boxer dog.  The case was originally with Jeff Klein, P.C. Jeff associated Zagoria Law to handle the litigation and act as lead counsel. On February 12, 2016, Katrina Bebee, a postal employee, was delivering a package to the home of Paul and Nicole Jones.  The Defendants had left their canine named Roy Jones Jr. in the care of their eleven-year-old son while they were out of the home.  Roy Jones, Jr. escaped through the front door and attacked Ms. Bebee, as she headed back to her work vehicle. Ms. Bebee sustained bites to her right forearm and right leg.  She suffered severe emotional distress and scarring, as a result of the incident. Also, she incurred $4,296.90 in medical specials, which included a plastic surgery consult with Julian Gordon, MD, DFACS. Roy Jones, Jr. had a history of attacking people and Zagoria Law was able to prove careless management by the Defendants in their response to prior bites. Chad Prather, a FedEx employee, testified that he was bitten in 2013 by the defendants’ dog while delivering a package to a neighbor. Katherine Hoyt, a neighbor of the defendants, was bitten while walking across the street during the 2014 Atlanta snowstorm. Bebee was awarded $75,000 in pain and suffering and $50,000 was assessed against the Defendants for punitive damages. The total jury award was $125,000.00. “Ms. Bebee was simply doing her job when she was attacked by a family pet that was not properly restrained,” stated attorney David Zagoria. “At Zagoria Law, our priority throughout this case has been the physical and emotional well-being of Ms. Bebee.” “We appreciate Jeff Klein, Esq. trusting us to work this case with him and bring justice and closure to Ms. Bebee.” The case was tried in Fulton State Court before the Honorable Susan E. Edlein. Images of the Injuries

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How do you know if you have a strong slip and fall case?

August 14, 2018

What is a Slip and Fall Case?   If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you’re likely to want some compensation for any injuries you’ve suffered as a result. But how do you know if you have a good case? Here are some things to consider. Slip and fall cases usually involve an accident caused by an unsafe condition that was either created or allowed to continue by a person that had those premises under their control. In order to succeed in your claim for compensation, you would need to show that the other party that had the premises under their control owed you a duty of care. You would also need to show that the duty of care was breached and this is what led to your injury.   The duty of care In order to succeed in your personal injury case or insurance claim, you would need to show that the injury you suffered was the fault of the premises owner or occupier. To do this, you need to show that they owed you a duty of care and breached that duty. Generally, every owner or occupier of premises owes visitors to those premises a duty of care. They have a duty to ensure that the premises are reasonably safe. They also have a duty to recognize and defuse any dangerous situation on the premises that can reasonably lead to harm. If the dangerous situation was created or caused by the premises owner or occupier, then they are said to have breached the duty they owe you. An example of this breach is leaving a wet floor in a public place without hazard signs or leaving an oil slick on an aisle. These actions can lead to conditions that could cause someone to slip and fall.   Damage caused by the breach Once there is a duty of care and a breach of that duty, you must show that your injury was caused by the breach. To succeed in showing this, it is necessary that the injury must not have been too remote from the breach. There has to be a cause and effect relationship. The breach must have directly caused your injury and if it is not exactly direct, it must be close enough to qualify. Generally, if you slipped, fell and twisted your knee or ankle, then the injury would be considered direct.   Contributory negligence You need to be careful though because it is possible that you could also be found to be at fault. You can be considered partly at fault for the accident if you did something that contributed to the injury as well. If the court finds that you are partly at fault, then it would hold that there is contributory negligence. The usual result of this is that the possible compensation you could receive from the suit will be reduced by the percentage at which you are at fault. For instance, if you were walking without looking when you fell or if there were hazard signs but you ignored them, you could be held to be partially at fault. […]

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David Zagoria Is Elected to 2018-2019 Animal Law Section Board

July 10, 2018

Zagoria Law Managing Partner, David Zagoria Is Elected to 2018-2019 Animal Law Section Board ATLANTA, GA – July 10, 2018 –Zagoria Law, an Atlanta-based law firm specializing in personal injury cases, is pleased to announce the election of founding partner,  David Zagoria, as new Secretary for the Animal Law Section Board for the 2018-2019 term. The Animal Law Section Board is a subdivision of the State Bar of Georgia organization that provides networking and continuing education opportunities to attorneys in Georgia.  Zagoria was elected to the position because of his extensive background representing victims of dog bite injuries. “I look forward to serving on the board and hope to share insights gained from experience with complex animal law cases such as the recent Mao v. Garcia case,” said Zagoria. Zagoria will begin his term on the board in 2018 alongside newly elected Chair, Betsy Choder, and Vice Chair, Alyssa Meyers. Sign Up for our Newsletter to read more Articles like this. Click to view news stories related to this case

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Zagoria Law Settles Dog Bite Case for $300,000 Policy Limit

June 12, 2018

Personal Injury Firm Wins Maximum Amount Allowed for Client Attacked by Two Pit Bulls ATLANTA, GA – June 12, 2018 – Zagoria Law, an Atlanta-based law firm specializing in personal injury cases, today announced the settlement of Mao v. Garcia (Civil Action File No.: 18C02521-5), a dog bite case, for policy limits of $300,000. The case was pending in the State Court of Gwinnett County, Georgia. Per court documents, Zhongkai Mao was walking on the sidewalk in his neighborhood, near the intersection of Five Forks Trickum Road and Emerald Forest Circle, when he was attacked by two unrestrained dogs. As a result, Mao incurred severe wounds on his left arm and leg requiring immediate surgery. “We believe that dog owners should be held responsible for the actions of their pets, particularly when people are seriously injured,” said David Zagoria, Founder, and Principal of Zagoria Law. “Doctors say that the injuries sustained by our client, Mr. Mao, could require years of rehabilitation. We are satisfied that he will now have the money needed to pay for his medical care.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year, however, only about 17 percent of those bites are reported to authorities. Nearly 800,000 dog bites require medical attention every year. Sign Up for our Newsletter to read more Articles like this. Click to view news stories related to this case

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Zagoria Law Offers Boating Safety and Tips for Georgia Residents

May 22, 2018

ATLANTA, GA – May 22, 2018 – Zagoria Law, an Atlanta-based law firm specializing in personal injury cases, is helping to raise awareness about National Safe Boating Week with safety and accident prevention tips. The annual awareness week will run from May 19 through 25. The effort encourages recreational boaters to take safety precautions and also marks the official launch of the year-round Safe Boating Campaign.  According to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), there were 701 boating-incident related fatalities in 2016. More than 77% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction. Studies also show that the most common causes of boating accidents include negligence, high speed, and operator inexperience. Zagoria Law has handled numerous cases involving serious boating injuries that could have been prevented with a few safety measures. “Our firm has a pending lawsuit on behalf of a young man named Anthony Hendricks, Jr, who suffered deep lacerations on his legs due to a boating accident,” says David Zagoria, founder of Zagoria Law. “It’s important that boaters understand their legal obligation to operate vessels in a safe and lawful manner.” As the weather gets warmer in Georgia, many families will begin to plan recreational water activities such as fishing, sailing, and jet-skiing. Zagoria Law would like to educate the community on the importance of safe boating with the following guidelines and tips: Georgia operators born after January 1, 1998, are required to pass a boater education course approved by the Department of Natural Resources and must have the card on board to operate any vessel. Wearing a life jacket is the most important rule when it comes to responsible boating. The USCG estimates that life jackets could’ve saved the lives of over 80 percent of victims. Never operate a boat while under the influence. It’s illegal to drink and operate a boat in all 50 states and in Georgia, penalties can include large fines, jail time, and possible loss of operating privileges until completion of a DUI program. Get a free vessel safety check. The USCG offers complimentary in-person or virtual safety checks to verify the condition of safety equipment and make recommendations. An owner or operator is required, under federal law, to file a boating accident report if a person dies, is injured and needs medical attention beyond first aid or disappears from the vessel. A report is also necessary if the boat is destroyed or if damages to the vessel and/or other properties exceed $2,000. For more information on National Safe Boating Week, please visit www.safeboatingcampaign.com. Additional tips on boating safety and rules are also available via the USCG www.uscgboating.org and Georgia Department of Natural Resources www.gadnr.org. Sign Up for our Newsletter to read more Articles like this.

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Zagoria Law Files Suit on Behalf of Gwinnett Resident After Attack by Two Pit Bulls

April 12, 2018

Atlanta-based law firm to represent Zhongkai Mao, in the suit (civil action file number 18C02521-5), for serious injuries sustained in a dog attack ATLANTA, GA – April 12, 2018 – Zagoria Law, an Atlanta-based law firm specializing in personal injury cases, has filed a complaint for damages on behalf of Zhongkai Mao following an alleged dog attack in Gwinnett County. The suit, Zhongkai Mao v. Rosa Garcia, was filed under civil action file number 18C02521-5 in the State Court of Gwinnett County, Georgia. Per court documents, Zhongkai Mao was walking on the sidewalk in his neighborhood, near the intersection of Five Forks Trickum Road and Emerald Forest Circle, when he was attacked by two unrestrained dogs. As a result, Mao incurred severe wounds on his left arm and leg and needed immediate surgery. The complaint also alleges that the defendant Rosa Garcia failed to keep the dogs under restraint and from leaving her property. This allegedly led to the vicious attack on Mao, which resulted in serious injuries and medical expenses. “Mr. Mao is suffering severely and, according to doctors, will possibly need years of rehabilitation,” explains attorney Brooks Neely. “At Zagoria Law, our priority in every dog bite case is to ensure that dog owners are held responsible for the actions of their pets when those actions cause injury to others.” Sign Up for our Newsletter to read more Articles like this.

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