Fighting For Victims of Dog and Animal Bites
Experienced North Carolina personal injury lawyers
If you have been the victim of a dog bite, you may be entitled to monetary compensation from the dog's owner for medical bills and other losses you suffered. At Brent Adams & Associates, our one and only priority is to help you in any way we can. Our dog bite attorneys fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Though it is not always out of pure viciousness, any kind of dog bite is a painful and traumatic personal injury. In North Carolina, it is every dog owner's responsibility to know how their animal will behave around other people. It is also the owner's responsibility to have their dog properly restrained in any kind of public situation or anytime the dog may come into contact with other individuals.
We hold negligent dog owners accountable
In North Carolina, the owners of certain dangerous breeds of dog are held strictly liable for injuries caused by their dog. That means the owner has to pay for all damages and injuries caused by their dog even if the owner is not negligent or careless.
Sometimes other people can be held responsible for a given dog bite incident as well. As an example, a person in violation of local animal restraint and confinement laws, or any person who knowingly kept a dog on their property with a known history of aggression towards people, is liable for all injuries caused by the dog. Under certain conditions and circumstances, any third party that knew of the dog's aggressive history can also be held responsible. This can include landlords, day care centers, and previous owners of the dog in question.
In general, most laws place the responsibility for a dog bite on the dog's current owner and they are held liable for the dog's behavior, as well as the pain and suffering of any victim of a bite or attack from the dog. But recovering financial compensation can be difficult.
An attack by a dog or other animal can leave you with puncture wounds, head and neck injuries and even broken bones. You may experience disfigurement, such as scarring, and require cosmetic surgery. Medical expenses can add up quickly.
But the animal’s owner may deny doing anything wrong and refuse to accept responsibility. Insurance companies will try to pay you as little as possible – or nothing at all. They have lawyers fighting for their best interests. You need an experienced lawyer who is not afraid to fight for you.
Fighting to get the compensation you deserve
Our firm has been fighting for the injured since our founding in 1973. We know how to build strong cases based on facts. Our lawyers are skilled negotiators who will work to get a settlement that meets your needs. And if the insurance company won’t negotiate, we are not afraid to fight for you in court.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a dog bite resulting in any kind of physical injury, it is important to get legal advice as soon as possible. Over time, valuable evidence can be lost and the memories of witnesses can fade. The sooner you file your claim, the better chance you have at seeing your desired results.