No one expects to be attacked by a dog. If you have been attacked by a dog, contact an attorney immediately to ensure your rights are protected. Your attorney will address the ownership of the dog, ensure the dog is quarantined, and work with Animal Control to determine the future of the dog. Medical providers will need accurate information about the offending animal including potential exposure to dangerous diseases and illness that can be transmitted through the dog bite. It is imperative to develop your case with your attorney — including documenting your injury, taking pictures, and journaling your treatment and recovery.
Dog bite laws are detailed in the North Carolina General Statutes 67-1 through 67-4 and 67-12. Specifically, a person attacked by a dog is entitled to compensation if the dog possessed a vicious propensity and when its owner knew or should have known of this propensity. Regardless of this propensity, a dogs’ owner can be held strictly liable entitling an attacked victim to compensation even when the propensity of the dog is unknown.
You may be entitled to compensation for the following:
- Medical Bills due to bodily injury
- Loss of Income
- Pain and Suffering
- Property Damage
- Emotional Distress
It is the injured person’s responsibility to prove the dog owner has acted negligently. If you or someone you know suffers from injuries as the result of a dog bite, it is important that you contact Maggie Jaynes at King Law Offices today to be advised on whether you should pursue a lawsuit as a result of your injury. Maggie M. Jaynes is an experienced dog bite attorney working cases locally and across North Carolina. Call today to discuss your injuries.