Yes. Georgia's dog bite laws actually apply to injuries caused by nearly any kind of domesticated animal, including cats (but excluding fowl or livestock).
Cat scratches and bites tend to look less gory than dog bites, but don't be fooled into thinking they aren't serious. These injuries often become infected and, according to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic and published in the Journal of Hand Surgery, one in three cat bite victims require hospitalization. Victims of cat bites and scratches are also at risk of cat scratch disease—a feline-borne bacterial illness that causes the following symptoms in humans:
- Painful or swollen lymph nodes
- Loss of appetite
- Red lesions
- Redness, swelling, or pus at the site of the scratch or bite
- Organ damage
If you've suffered these or other injuries as a result of a cat bite or scratch, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. However, in order to obtain a settlement or financial award, you will have to show that:
- The cat was dangerous or vicious
- The cat's owner was negligent or let it “go at liberty”
- This negligence caused your injuries
- You didn't provoke the attack
This can be difficult to do on your own. Fortunately, an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney can help. If you hire an attorney to represent you, they'll conduct a thorough investigation into your case, uncover and gather valuable evidence—such as evidence that shows the cat has a history of biting or scratching—and build a strong case for damages.
Consult a Skilled Georgia Attorney About Your Cat Bite or Scratch Case
If you were injured by a cat, the knowledgeable legal team with Van Sant Law can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free, initial consultation to discuss the details of your case. Don't wait: Georgia limits how long you have to file a lawsuit seeking compensation.