Taking a Bite Out of Dog Owner Negligence
Contact a Charlotte Attorney for Dog Bites
The Olive Law Firm represents clients who have suffered injuries caused by dog bites. Although the law varies by area, dog owners are required to restrain their pets so they do not attack. If you are bitten, get medical treatment and then get legal advice.
Our law firm handles personal injury accident cases, and we have more than a half-century of experience helping victims get the compensation they need to recover. In cases of dog bites, this is important whether or not the pet owner has insurance. We know what tactics their lawyers use and we are willing to face them in court, if necessary.
We help victims of dog bites seek compensation for medical treatment, physical and emotional stress, disfigurement and the inability to work. We are never satisfied to settle a case for less than fair value or hesitant to appeal an unfair decision. We know the strategies insurance companies use to avoid compensating victims fairly, and we are well prepared to counter them.
What the Laws Say
North Carolina has a patchwork of local laws related to animal confinement and dog bites. Your attorney needs skills and knowledge of the laws, both which we have, to prove liability where it exists and to force negligent pet owners to take responsibility. We take on tough cases — and we get results.
Cases Involving Potentially Dangerous Dogs
When we open a case involving an animal bite, we try to find out whether a dog has been declared potentially dangerous by an agency such as the local animal control board. Potentially dangerous animals are those that have:
- Terrorized a human being while they are off their owners’ properties
- Caused injuries that require hospitalization or cosmetic surgery
- Injured or killed a domesticated animal while not on their owners’ property
- Been trained specifically for dog fighting
How a Lawyer Can Help You
It is against the law for owners to let their animals run loose in many cities and counties. However, there are several other conditions that must be met in order to file personal injury cases stemming from dog bites:
Teasing and Taunting
In North Carolina, a common defense by owners is that the victim taunted, teased, tormented or provoked the bite or attack. You need knowledgeable and aggressive representation against this claim — and we have the experience to provide it.
The “One-Bite-Free” Stipulation
An owner might be given some leeway if he or she honestly did not know his or her animal had the potential for dangerous behavior. However, the owner still might be held liable for a biting incident if he or she knowingly let a dog aged 6 months or older roam free at night.
Compensation for Dog Bites
The state of North Carolina allows victims of animal negligence to pursue compensation for the following:
This covers initial treatment as well as future medical expenses such as reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries.
Permanent Injuries and Disfigurement
If you suffered physical wounds that will alter the rest of your life, or lost the use of a body part, you may be entitled to compensation.
This covers wages lost during treatment, or when a parent has to miss work to get treatment for a child who has been bitten.
Loss of Consortium
If the trauma also affects your relationships with your spouse, you might be able to seek compensation.
This includes damage to clothing, purses, cellphones, handbags, wallets, etc.
In some cases of extreme negligence, the court can also order the defendant to pay punitive damages.
You Need Aggressive Representation
Laws related to dog bites appear to favor the pet owner in some cases. But with the right evidence and an experienced legal team, it is possible to seek justice for bite injuries. If you or a loved one has been viciously attacked or bitten by a dog, contact our firm today. We can discuss the details of your incident and help you determine if you can pursue a claim for compensation.
A Note About Compensation and Damages
Any discussion of compensation and pursuable damages on this site is for informational purposes only. Every case is different and must be evaluated separately. We do not represent that similar results will be achieved in your case.