Dog Bites

According to the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.7 million people suffer dog bites annually.  Approximately one in five dog bite victims requires serious medical attention after an attack.  Several North Carolina laws govern dog bites, and those laws also give authority to municipal and county animal control to create their own ordinances regulating liability in these cases.

North Carolina principles of general negligence apply in most cases, including the law of contributory negligence, which can bar your claim if you contribute in any way to your injuries. However, North Carolina has strict liability for dangerous dogs, which means that the owner of any dog that has previously killed or inflicted a severe injury on a person or any dog determined by the local authority to be potentially dangerous is liable for any damage or injury caused by their dog.  Criminal charges may be pressed against an owner who does not properly restrain or tend to a dangerous dog. While the criminal charges do not directly relate to the civil matter, they can play an important role in the case.    

If you suffered a dog bite, please allow our Charlotte personal injury attorney an opportunity to discuss the facts of your case.  Mr. Shumate will gladly discuss how the North Carolina laws apply to the facts of your case.  We can begin to prepare the appropriate strategy for your particular scenario.

When you are bitten by a dog you may suffer from many injuries other than the bite itself. Infection, scarring, the loss of motion, and psychological damage are caused by a canine attack.  You may suffer lost wages, etc.  All of these factors apply to your legally compensable damages.  After you sustain any injury, you should first seek medical attention, then notify the appropriate authorities to create an official record accident. Once you have taken immediate care of your injuries, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to determine your rights.

The guidance of a reputable attorney can be an invaluable resource when you suffered an attack from a dog.  Aside from the various medical issues, there is often an issue with insurance coverage.  Mr. Shumate is familiar with each of these issues.  He is willing to explain the specifics of these cases.  Chris is also skilled at preparing a strategy specifically designed to address the issues your case presents.    

Our goal is to obtain the compensation you are owed for your your dog bite accident. We believe we can help you. Contact our office to arrange a free consultation and put our experience to work for you.

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