If you have been the victim of a dog bite in North Carolina resulting in any kind of injury, you may be entitled to monetary compensation from the dog's owner for medical bills and other losses that you may have incurred as a result of the injury. At the personal injury law offices of Brent Adams & Associates, our one and only priority is to help you in any way we can. Our dog bite attorneys in Raleigh, Fayetteville, and Dunn work to get you the compensation you deserve.
Though it is not always out of pure viciousness, any kind of dog bite is painful and traumatic. 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.
Your Legal Options After a North Carolina Dog Bite
Every year in the United States, as many as 5 million people, or roughly 2% of the entire American population, are the victims of some kind of dog bite or other related injuries. Of all those people injured by dog bites, about 800,000 require some kind of professional medical attention. For those admitted to a hospital, the average stay for a dog bite injury is 3.5 days. Perhaps most surprising of all, each year an average of 10-20 people in the United States are killed in a dog attack--the majority of which are usually young children.
If you have been the victim of a dog bite in North Carolina, you have the legal right to seek compensation for your injuries from any and all parties responsible. Laws and regulations regarding the legal rights of dog bite victims often vary from state to state, and even from city to city, so it is vital that you hire a good dog bite lawyer who knows and understands such laws and has experience in dealing with these kinds of cases.
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.
Our North Carolina Dog Bite Lawyers Can Help
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 contact a North Carolina dog bite lawyer as soon as possible. Cases such as these tend to be fairly time sensitive, so the sooner you file your claim, the better chance you have at seeing your desired results.
At Brent Adams & Associates, we are here to help dog attack victims. Our North Carolina dog bite lawyers work to get you the money you deserve for your injuries. It will not cost you anything to have your injury claim evaluated by one of our experienced Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyers. After we review all of your legal options with you, you will then make the decision as to whether or not you wish to proceed with your case.