You, a family member or a friend may suffer the trauma and pain from a dog attack. You might also be the owner of a dog who attacked someone else. There are not just a couple hundred or a few thousand dog bites recorded around the US---according to the CDC there are over 4.5M dog bites reported annually. Reconstructive surgery with a long recovery, physical therapy, extreme suffering, and high medical bills are all possible from a single dog attack.
Laws concerning dog bites are intimidating and often confusing for those not familiar with them. When you're involved with a dangerous dog situation you may be busy taking photos of the wounds, gathering witness contact information, keeping organized records from every doctor visit and monitoring the recovery process. The legalities of a dog bite claim are stressful to process alone---and even more stressful on top of all the extra paperwork and tasks.
When you look for a dog bite lawyer in Raleigh after a North Carolina dog attack they will ask you a series of questions about the incident, the dog, and yourself. You should also be prepared to ask attorneys the right questions. A Raleigh dog bite lawyer should be able to answer the following questions:
- What are the special dog bite laws in my county? Laws vary state-to-state-even cities and counties have created local ordinances, like leash laws. Your Raleigh dog bite lawyer should know about these special laws.
- What is the One Bite Rule? North Carolina dog bite attorneys can explain how this law applies to a dog owner. The attorneys in our Raleigh, Fayetteville and Dunn offices discuss details about whether the dog owner knew about an aggressive streak, if the dog bit someone else before, or if the owner handled the dog negligently.
- What's the difference between a ‘Dangerous Dog' and a ‘Potentially Dangerous Dog?' These terms are determined by the law and used to describe two classes of threatening dogs. An experienced Raleigh dog bite attorney will be able to explain the fine line between these two distinctions and how the government's terms will affect a dog attack case in North Carolina.