A dog bite attack can cause serious harm to victims who may suffer physical, financial and emotional damages. As a result, dog bite victims and their families should be familiar with the legal options protecting them when they have been harmed in a dog bite attack.
North Carolina is considered a strict liability dog bite law state which means that dog and pet owners are strictly liable for the harm caused by their dogs. Even if the dog owner takes precautions to prevent a dog bite attack, they will be liable for whatever harm their dog causes. This can include physical, financial and emotional harm caused by the dog bite attack. Victims may require extensive medical treatment and care and may be unable to work while they are recovering from the physical and emotional trauma of a dog attack.
In certain limited circumstances, such as when the victim was trespassing or tormenting the dog, or committing a crime, dog owners may not be liable for dog bites and the harm they cause. Victims of unexpected dog attacks and dog bite injuries can suffer scarring, disfigurement and disabling injuries. A personal injury claim for damages can help victims recover compensation to help with their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages for the emotional trauma oftentimes associated with a dog bite attack.
Victims of dog attacks and their families should be familiar with the legal protections available to them when a dog attacks. Dog owners are held to a high standard of accountability in North Carolina to ensure victims are protected.