Contact a Charlotte attorney for dog bites
We represent clients who have suffered injuries caused by dog bites. Although the law varies by area, dog owners are required to restrain their pets so they do not attack. If you are bitten, get medical treatment and then get legal advice. Call us now, for help in English or Spanish, from anywhere in the region. Your consultation is always free, and we are here to help. We are a law firm that handles personal injury accident cases. Our firm has more than a half century of experience helping victims get the compensation they need to recover. In cases of dog bites, this is important whether or not the pet owner has insurance. We know what tactics their lawyers use and are willing to face them in court, if necessary.
We help victims of dog bites seek compensation for medical treatment, pain and suffering, disfigurement and the inability to work.
We are never satisfied to settle a case for less than fair value or hesitant to appeal an unfair decision. We know the strategies insurance companies use to avoid compensating victims fairly, and we are well prepared to counter them.
What the Laws Say
North Carolina has a patchwork of local laws related to animal confinement and dog bites. Your attorney needs skills and knowledge of the laws to prove liability where it exists and force negligent pet owners to take responsibility. We take on tough cases – and we get results. Call and see if we are the right choice to represent you.
In addition to cases of dog bites, we also handle other types of personal injury accident cases including wrongful death, product liability and spinal and brain injury.
Cases Involving Potentially Dangerous Dogs
When we open a case involving an animal bite, we try to find out whether a dog has been declared potentially dangerous by an agency like the local animal control board. Potentially dangerous animals are those that have:
- Terrorized a human being while they are off of their owners’ properties
- Caused injuries that require hospitalization or cosmetic surgery
- Injured or killed a domesticated animal while not on their owners’ property
- Been trained specifically for dog fighting
How a Lawyer Can Help You
It is against the law for owners to let their animals run loose in many cities and counties. However, there are several other conditions that must be met in order to file personal injury cases stemming from dog bites.
Teasing and taunting: In North Carolina, a common defense by owners is that the victim taunted, teased, tormented or provoked the bite or attack. You need knowledgeable and aggressive representation against this claim – and we have the experience to do it.
The “One-Bite-Free” stipulation: An owner might be given some leeway if they honestly did not know their animal had the potential for dangerous behavior. However, the owner still might be held liable for a biting incident if they knowingly let a dog age six months or older roam free at night.
Compensation for Dog Bites
The State of North Carolina allows victims of animal negligence to pursue compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses – This covers initial treatment as well as future medical expenses like reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries.
- Permanent injuries and disfigurement – If you suffered physical wounds that will alter the rest of your life, or lost the use of a body part, you may be entitled to compensation.
- Lost wages – This covers wages lost during treatment, or when a parent has to miss work to get treatment for a child who has been bitten.
- Pain and suffering – This includes physical, mental and emotional pain. Many victims develop post-traumatic stress disorder or an intense fear of dogs.
- Loss of consortium – If the trauma also affects your relationships with significant others, you might be able to seek compensation.
- Property damage – This can include damage to clothing, purses, cell phones, handbags, wallets, etc.
In some cases of extreme negligence, the court can also order to defendant to pay punitive damages.
You Need Aggressive Representation
Laws related to dog bites appear to favor the pet owner in some cases. But with the right evidence and an experienced legal team, it is possible to seek justice for bite injuries. If you or a loved one has been viciously attacked or bitten by a dog, call our firm today. We can discuss the details of your incident and help you determine if you can pursue a claim for compensation.
Contact The Olive Law Firm, in Charlotte NC, to discuss your dog bite.
Any discussion of compensation and pursuable damages on this site is for informational purposes only. Every case is different and must be evaluated separately. We do not represent that similar results will be achieved in your case.