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What do you need to know before filing a dog bite lawsuit?

On Behalf of | Jan 24, 2022 | Personal Injury |

Dog bite injuries are a common problem throughout the U.S. If you are bitten and injured by someone else’s dog, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries and other damages. All you need to do is file a personal injury lawsuit against the dog owner.

However, to file a successful claim, you need to understand how NC dog bite laws work. Of course, gathering the right evidence, like reporting the attack and seeking treatment, are specifically crucial because not all dog owners admit to knowing that their canines are dangerous.

North Carolina “one-bite” rule

North Carolina is one of the 18 states that still follow the “one-bite” rule. This rule implies that a dog owner may not be held liable for injuries caused by their canine if they had no prior knowledge that their animal was dangerous. Basically, this means if your bite was the animal’s first, then the owner may get off scot-free. This particular rule makes dog bite lawsuits quite difficult to litigate in North Carolina.

However, if you are attacked by a dog that has been labeled as “potentially dangerous,” meaning it has previously attacked someone, then you may have a stronger case against the dog owner. Basically, a dog is labeled potentially dangerous if it has done any of the following:

  • Terrorized someone outside the owner’s home or property
  • Seriously injured or killed another animal within the owner’s property
  • Attacked a person resulting in disfiguring lacerations or broken bones that require hospitalization or some form of corrective surgery.

There are a number of legal responsibilities that dog owners need to be aware of if their dog has been labeled potentially dangerous. First, the dog in question must be confined indoors or in a secured enclosure. Additionally, the dog must stay within the owner’s property unless it is on a leash or muzzle. 

A dog attack can result in serious injuries. If another person’s dog has attacked you, it is important that you explore your legal options to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other damages.