Many states, including North Carolina, have specific dog bite laws on the books that provide protection for dog bite victims and their families. Though litigation and lawsuits involving a dog bite, pit bull attack, Rottweiler attack or Doberman Pinscher attack may seem relatively straightforward, the issues in a dog bite or animal attack case are exceedingly complex and often involve questions of legal liability, insurance coverage and damages.
The personal injury lawyers at White & Stradley help injury victims and families in North Carolina deal with the painful consequences of a dog bite or animal attack. Call us in Raleigh at 888-666-2446 for a free case review.
Compensation in Dog Bite Cases
Damages in a dog bite, Pit Bull attack, Rottweiler attack or Doberman pinscher attack case may include:
- Past medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Past pain and suffering
- Future pain and suffering
- Other emotional damages
- Lost wages
- Plastic surgery
- Scars and disfigurement
To learn more about a dog bite or animal attack in North Carolina, please read on.
Animal Bites: An Overview
Every year, millions of Americans are bitten by animals. In many cases, a person bitten by an animal may have a legal right to recover damages from the animal's owner or another responsible party. If you have been injured by an animal bite, contact an attorney to determine your rights. A personal injury lawyer experienced in animal bite litigation can help you learn what your rights are.
Payment of Damages in Animal Bite Cases
Sometimes, an injured person does not want to bring a legal action against an animal owner because the injured person is worried that the animal owner will face economic hardship as a result. In many cases, however, the animal owner does not pay anything. Rather, an insurance company will often cover the expenses of the legal claim.
If you have been injured by a dog, contact an attorney to determine your rights. A personal injury lawyer experienced in animal bite litigation can help you learn what your rights are.
Does the Type of Animal That Bit Me Affect My Injury Claim?
In some states, your legal rights might vary depending on the type of animal that bit you. If you have suffered a dog bite or other animal bite injury, contact an attorney to determine your rights. A personal injury lawyer who has experience with cases involving dog and animal bite injuries can help you learn what your rights are.
Proving Knowledge of an Animal's Vicious Propensities
In states that do not have strict liability "dog-bite laws," an injured person usually must show that an animal owner knew (or had reason to know) that his/her animal was predisposed to bite or attack, having what is known as "vicious propensities," in order to recover damages from the owner. There are many warning signs that may indicate an animal has vicious propensities.
For further information about a dog bite or animal attack injury involving a pit bull, Rottweiler, Doberman pinscher, or any other dangerous animal in North Carolina, please contact our Raleigh law office by calling 888-666-2446 today.