Bit By a Dog: Can You Sue the Owner?

https://kurtzandblum.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/kurtz.pngA dog bite can be a serious, painful injury that leaves lasting scars. In many cases, the animal attack happens while you or a family member is visiting a friend or a relative. It may not seem right to pursue compensation from people close to you, but sometimes, you have no other choice; dog bites have the potential to cause long lasting effects, both financially and emotionally.

North Carolina follows the one-bite rule

North Carolina is one of 18 states that apply the ‘one-bite rule’, which basically states that a dog owner cannot be liable for the actions of his dog if it is involved in an attack for the first time. Only if the dog has a record of a single biting or attacking incident can the owner be held responsible for any future similar incidents. The point is, to sue the dog’s owner, you need to show that he knew his dog was a danger.

Contributory negligence

As if proving owner knowledge isn’t enough, you also need to prove that you didn’t contribute in any way to the accident. North Carolina is a contributory negligence state, so if the insurance company can verify that you somehow contributed to your injuries, you may be completely forbidden to obtain compensation.

Owing to the complexity of NC dog bite laws, it is recommended that you speak with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to know what to do next.

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