Charlotte Dog Bite Attorney
Certain breeds of dogs, such as pit bulls and Rottweilers, are notorious for their involvement in many dog bite cases. Experts, however, know that any breed of dog can bite or maul children or adults. Most dogs that people keep as pets are well-domesticated, but all have the potential for violent attack. They may be frightened, provoked or in pain for some reason. They may be in unfamiliar territory — or off leash in populated areas, in violation of municipal leash ordinances.
Whatever the reason you or a family member was bitten, attacked or mauled by a dog, it is important to get the best available medical care as soon as possible. It is also important to talk to an attorney sooner rather than later. If the dog in question belongs to a friend or family member, you may wonder whether you “are really going to sue” the owner — and hesitate to talk to a lawyer for that reason. In fact, that person will often carry homeowner’s insurance which covers the losses incurred by victims of animal attacks.
You may not realize, however, all the possible short-term costs and long-term effects that the animal attack or dog bite may cause:
- Emergency medical care
- Follow-up medical treatment
- Possible infection
- Possible scarring
- Need for plastic surgery
- Psychological trauma, similar to post-traumatic stress syndrome.
Is the owner of the animal liable for your injuries? If the owner did not take adequate precautions or warn people who interacted with the animal about how to approach it, the answer may be yes. Even when an owner was diligent, however, there may still be issues of premises liability.
The ultimate goal in a dog bite or other animal attack legal case is to recover compensation that the victim will need to recover and cope with negative consequences. When children are victims, surgeons may recommend postponing plastic surgery until the children mature further. This is why you should have your dog bite case evaluated by an experienced and knowledgeable Charlotte dog bite attorney, rather than deal with insurance companies on your own.
Brown Moore & Associates, PLLC, represents people in North Carolina and South Carolina who have been injured by any type of animal, including horses and exotic pets. Sometimes unleashed dogs can lead to bicycle, pedestrian or car accidents, causing injury to our clients.
Contact a North Carolina Animal Attack Attorney
If you have additional questions about our qualifications to represent you after a dog bite, we invite you to contact our office to schedule a complimentary initial consultation. To make an appointment with a Charlotte personal injury attorney, call toll free 800-948-0577 or send us an e-mail.