Injured by a Negligent Owner’s Pet? We Can Represent Your Case!
While domesticated animals often serve as beloved companions and family members, they are also responsible for nearly 5 million injuries each year. While a person’s first instinct may be to pet an animal, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the animal is just as enthusiastic about the idea. When a pet feels threatened or anxious, they may lash out in self-defense. Alternatively, tragic incidents often occur when a dangerous animal is kept and mishandled by a careless owner.
If you’ve been bitten by a dog or a different domesticated animal in North Carolina, it’s imperative that you retain the services of a law firm that has a comprehensive understanding of applicable state laws. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., our Rockingham dog bite and animal attack attorneys can help you seek justice and secure compensation that facilitates your recovery.
Discuss your injuries with an experienced legal representative. Contact our Rockingham dog bite and animal attack lawyers at (704) 850-6322.
Understanding Dog Bite Laws in North Carolina
Without legal representation, it can be difficult to collect damages for a dog bite injury in North Carolina. This is because state law follows the “one bite rule.” According to the law, your attorney needs to prove that the dog owner’s negligence is responsible for your injury. Also, the court needs to agree that the owner was aware of their pet’s propensity for violence and failed to use reasonable care.
What Are the Most Common Injuries That Occur in These Cases?
Dogs and other animals can inflict severe injuries on victims, particularly when a person does not have any warning that a bite or an attack is imminent. Because dog bite injuries are much more common than other types of animal injuries, we will focus on what kind of damage a dog can inflict on a victim.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 800,000 people seek medical care each year across the country due to dog bite incidents. Nearly 2,400 people are bitten by a dog every day in the United States. Dogs have very powerful jaws that can inflict severe injuries on victims. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., our Rockingham dog bite injury attorneys regularly help clients have sustained the following:
- Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
- Avulsions or amputations
- Crushed or broken bones
- Significant blood loss
- Severed veins, arteries, muscles, or tendons
- Significant scarring or disfigurement
- Emotional and psychological trauma
How Long do You Have to File a North Carolina Dog Bite Claim?
It is important to understand that dog bite victims need to file their claim within a certain amount of time in order to recover compensation. The North Carolina personal injury statute of limitations is three years from the date an injury occurs. If a dog bite victim fails to file a claim against the dog owner within this timeframe, they will lose the ability to recover the compensation they are entitled to.
If a claim is being handled through some sort of insurance carrier (dog bites are often handled through homeowners’ insurance claims), then the incident needs to be reported as soon as possible. Insurance carriers regularly delay or deny claims that are not reported within a day or two after the incident occurs.
Regardless of what route you are thinking about taking for your case, you need to speak to a Rockingham dog bite injury attorney as soon as possible so you understand every aspect of this process.
What Will an Attorney do to Help a North Carolina Dog or Animal Attack Case?
Dog bite injury cases can be complicated in North Carolina because of the “one bite rule.” In some states, a dog owner can be held responsible for any injuries a victim sustains regardless of whether or not the dog has ever been aggressive before. That is not the case in North Carolina. Here, the courts need to see proof that the dog has bitten somebody before and that the pet owner was aware of the dog’s propensity for violence, and that they failed to use reasonable care to protect others.
An attorney can use their resources to conduct a complete investigation into the case. It is crucial to obtain all evidence needed to prove liability. This can include statements from eyewitnesses, photos were taken in the scene, video surveillance of the incident, any animal control or police reports, and more.
Additionally, an attorney from Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. will ensure that their client is fully evaluated by a trusted medical professional who can treat the injuries and help provide an estimate for how much the total costs for treatment will be.
If you’re injured by a domestic animal, the first thing you need to do is seek immediate medical attention. When you’re at the hospital, make sure that you request a copy of your medical record. This record, along with pictures of your injury, can serve as essential evidence in your case.
By pursuing a lawsuit, you may be able to recover the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Schedule a Consultation & Explore Your Legal Options
If you’re ready to file a claim, contact the experienced and trial-tested litigators at Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. Our Rockingham dog bite and animal attack lawyers have successfully represented countless clients across the state of North Carolina.
Rely on a legal team that has been serving clients since 1979. Call Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. at (704) 850-6322 to schedule a free consultation. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis. You don’t pay unless we win.