Obtaining North Carolina Dog Bite Compensation is More Challenging Without Legal Help

December 31, 2011, by Michael A. DeMayo

Our Charlotte, North Carolina personal injury law firm represents victims who were injured in dog attacks. Because the state has a one-bite rule, it can be tough to get compensation if you were the first person that the dog attacked. This doesn’t, however, mean that your claim is not valid or that you can’t obtain recovery. Working with a North Carolina dog bite lawyer will increase your chances for recovery. Also, there are exceptions to the one-bite rule if:

  • The dog is over six months old
  • The owner purposely allowed the dog to run “at large”
  • The attack occurred at night

The state has a strict liability clause that says a dog owner of a dangerous (or potentially dangerous) canine is liable for civil damages when severe personal injury or property damage results. A dangerous dog is one that has caused serious injury or killed a person without provocation. A potentially dangerous dog is one that has inflicted a bite injury on a human that resulted in disfiguring lacerations or broken bones, caused severe injury or killed a domestic animal, or gone after someone in a vicious way when not on the owner’s property.

At the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, LLP, we know how traumatic a dog bite can be. We are also familiar with the serious injuries that can result. Our Charlotte, North Carolina dog attack lawyers are committed to helping our clients recoup the compensation they are owed.

Factors contributing to whether a dog may bite someone:

  • The breed of the dog
  • The characteristics of the dog’s parents
  • How poorly/well the dog has been socialized
  • The quality of dog training received
  • The dog’s health (a sick or injured dog may be more likely to bite)
  • The behavior of the victim

Examples of dog bite injuries:

  • Punctures
  • Crush injuries
  • Abrasions
  • Tissue damage
  • Bone fractures
  • Scars
  • Rabies
  • Capnocytophaga canimorsus infection
  • Cellulitis
  • Scarring
  • Facial disfigurement
  • Sprains

You may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical costs, permanent disability, permanent scarring, loss of enjoyment of life, wrongful death, and other damages. Our Charlotte, North Carolina injury law firm is also familiar with the emotional and psychological trauma that can result from being attacked by an animal.

The sooner you explore the legal options the better for you. There is no reason why you should have to shoulder the costs of someone else’s negligent actions.

To request your free case evaluation, contact us via our Web site or call 1-877-529-1222. The Law Offices of Michael A. Demayo, LLP has recovered over $275M for our clients and their families. We are here to protect accident victims and get them the compensation they need so that they can rebuild their lives.

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