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3 Steps to Take After a Dog Attack

While many dog owners view their dog as “man’s best friend,” sometimes these animals can turn on others. Dog attack injuries can place a significant emotional and financial burden on the victim. In the state of North Carolina, you can take legal action to lessen the impact after a dog bite. If you are a victim of a dog attack, here are the steps you should take to ensure the best outcome:

Identify the owner.

Identification of the dog’s owner will be necessary information in the event that you decide to sue. In addition, this information is helpful to your medical provider; it allows them to determine if the dog suffered from rabies or any other disease that might be transferable to you.

Document your injuries.

It will be helpful to document any injuries and torn or bloodied clothing resulting from the attack. If you decide to pursue compensation for your medical costs, this documentation can be helpful in your case. Take photos of the evidence for future reference. If there were any witnesses, be sure to identify them and obtain their contact information.

Report the incident.

If you seek medical attention as a result of your dog bite, North Carolina law requires that you report this incident to the local health director. Following that report, the animal must be confined for a 10-day observation period. An owner who refuses this observation can face a Class 2 misdemeanor.

If you decide to file a lawsuit, the statute of limitations in North Carolina is three years after the incident occurred.

One Bite Free

In North Carolina, dog bite law can affect the outcome of a case. North Carolina is considered a “one-free-bite” state, meaning that if this is the first incident of the dog biting someone, the owner essentially receives a free pass. There are exceptions to this rule, such as the dog’s age and if they are intentionally let loose at nighttime.

If the dog has bitten other people, it may be qualified for labeling as “potentially dangerous” by animal control. If this is the case, the victim usually has a better chance of receiving compensation for their medical expenses related to the bite. A dog may be considered potentially dangerous if the dog has terrorized someone off the owner’s property, seriously injured another animal while not on the owner’s property, or attacked an individual to the point of broken bones or injuries resulting in the need for hospitalization, disfiguring lacerations or plastic surgery.

If you qualify for compensation as a result of your attack, you may be able to sue for the following expenses:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Loss of consortium

If you have been a victim of a dog attack and feel that your circumstances qualify for compensation, contact us. We will work to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

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Personal injury is a fancy way of saying you got hurt — and it’s something someone else caused or could have prevented. Accidents happen every single day, but if you get hurt in one, you may feel concerned or worried about paying for your medical bills or time you missed from work. That’s why people may choose to file a personal injury claim, a way of seeking monetary benefits for an injury caused by another person or company. 

personal injury termsIn 2017 alone, Nationwide insurance company paid $18.7 billion in claims to its members. Here are the top personal injury claims that affect most people:

Car Accidents

Yearly, there is estimated to be more than 6 million vehicle-related accidents in the United States. While this number is only increasing, drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists are in danger. Distractions such as smartphones, navigation systems or car-related functions might be the reason. Regardless, if you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible for compensation. Make it a priority always to always visit a doctor after an accident, even if you feel fine. There are many cases where victims did not suffer physical injuries but sustained many internal injuries.

Slip and Fall

Slip and fall claims are a common personal injury claim. A slip and fall can occur anywhere, at work, home, in a restaurant. Elderly people are more likely to sustain a severe injury after a fall. Damage to the hip, head, back, and neck are very common. It may be difficult to prove a slip and fall claim. Contacting a lawyer after a slip and fall incident is crucial.

Product Liability

There is an average of 20,000 product liability claims that are filed in the United States each year alone. Many cases of product liability claims are defective toys, dangerous pet products, unsafe medical devices. Product liability typically has one of the highest average compensation values.

Workplace-Related Injuries

Have you fallen on the job? Work-related injuries are very common and can happen to anyone. Work-related injuries are often unreported due to fear of termination, but that means someone else may get hurt later in the same way. If you have been injured at work, report it immediately and contact a lawyer.

Medical Negligence

Medical negligence is another very commontype of personal injury claim. Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare provider doesn’t meet an adequate level of standard care required for a patient. This malpractice causes injury or harm as a result. There are many ways to prove medical negligence has occurred. Some examples are, failing to tell a patient of known risks, failure to diagnose, doctors negligence caused the injury and improper treatment was administered. Medical negligence is among one of the hardest and complex claims to prove and win; it requires many witnesses that must be willing to testify. However, that shouldn’t scare you off if you feel something wasn’t right with your medical care.

If you have questions about a personal injury, contact us for a free consultation.