We’ve recently been discussing the dangers and the risks for dog bite attacks. But did you know that there are very specific laws in the state of North Carolina that are designed to help to reduce the risks of these kinds of incidents?
If a dog attacks a person or damages property when they’re off of their own property, then the owner of the dog will be held liable for any of the damages, injuries or deaths that were sustained. They’re also liable to cover the costs of suit. If someone owns a dog and allows them to run at large, the owner may be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor.
Our Charlotte dog bite injury lawyers understand that dogs are prohibited from running at large in the state. The bad news about this law is that it’s so restrictive because it only applies during the evening hours and to dogs that are a specific age. This creates a loophole for dog owners and puts everyone at increased risk. In most other states, dog are not allowed to run at large regardless of their age or the time of day. In the state of North Carolina, an owner can only be held liable if you can prove that they were in fact aware that their dog was out running at large. In many cases, without proper representation, the owner is let off of the hook and violations are void.
If the owner is found to be guilty of allowing the pup to run at large, then there can be some strict liability in the case if the dog has a history of this aggressive behavior and has previous injured another person or damaged properly, according to North Carolina dog bite law.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, it is critical for you to contact and experienced attorney. There are laws protecting you from negligent owners. In some cases, you may be covered by your own homeowner’s insurance policy. An attorney can help you to track down the paperwork you’ll need to back your case, including police reports, medical records and photographs. A lawyer can also help you to collect the items needed to prove the compensation that you deserve, including medical information.
Another thing that is commonly overlooked in these incidents is your credit score. What does your credit score have to do with a dog bite attack? When you can’t afford medical treatment and you’re awaiting compensation for your injuries, an attorney can help you to get creditors to hold off on late notices until you’ve collected compensation.
These kinds of suits can be awfully complicated. Make sure you have experienced legal representation on your side will help ensure your rights are protected should future medical complications arise as a result of a dog attack.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog-bite accident, call the personal injury attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.
More Blog Entries:
North Carolina Dog Bites Baby, Caution Urged, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, March 9, 2012
Train Puppies from Santa to Help Reduce Risks of Dog Bite Injuries in Charlotte, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, January 11, 2012