Do you need a NC dog bite personal injury lawyer? If you’ve been bitten by someone else’s dog, you may be entitled to money for your injuries. Keep reading to find out how The Bishop Law Firm can help with your dog bite or attack injury. Call us for a free case evaluation at (919) 615-3095.
NC Dog Bite Personal Injury Lawyer serving Raleigh, Cary, Durham and surrounding areas
In 2017, according to State Farm, NC had 85 dog bite claims, resulting in $1.8 million in payments in 2017 — about 2.4 percent of all dog-bite injuries in the country that year. North Carolina came in at No. 14 in the country for dog-related injuries. For more information look here.
Who pays for dog bite injuries? Homeowner’s and renter’s policies cover the owner when their dogs attack others. Some policies exclude certain types of breeds, but it is impossible to know whether the dog who attacked you is covered by the owner’s insurance without looking at a copy of the policy. A NC dog bite personal injury lawyer can often get a copy of the dog owner’s policy without filing a lawsuit, by convincing the dog owner to voluntarily give them a copy of their policy to avoiding getting sued. Once sued, the owner of the dangerous dog must turn over a copy of their policy.
In addition to policy coverage, a personal injury attorney can recover money from the owner of the dog if your damages exceed the amount of insurance coverage they have. Most homeowner’s policies have minimum coverage of $100,000. Some insurance companies refuse to write homeowner’s or renter’s policies that offer less than $300,000 in coverage. How much money you recover depends on the severity of your injuries and the skill of your North Carolina personal injury lawyer. Your claim is worth whatever your personal injury lawyer can negotiate with the dog owner or his insurance, or what a North Carolina jury thinks your cases is worth if it goes to trial. Most cases are settled before filing suit and long before trial.
If a dog attacks my dog, can I recover money for that?
Yes, you can recover money for damages to your dog if your dog was not at fault. Under North Carolina law, dogs are considered personal property. This means you are not entitled to money for pain and suffering that your dog endured, but you are entitled to money for vet bills or the value of your dog if he/she dies in the attack. Even though dogs are considered property, insurance companies will usually give money in excess of the vet bills, because they are trying to reduce a generous award from an North Carolina jury, who may feel sympathy for your dog and give money for what your dog went through, regardless of the law classifying your dog as property.
If you need help deciding what to do after a dog bite or attack, a NC dog bite personal injury lawyer can help. Give us a call today for a free case evaluation at (919) 615-3095. We represent Personal Injury clients in Raleigh, Durham, Rocky Mount, Wilson, Smithfield, Louisburg, Chapel Hill, Roanoke Rapids and surrounding areas in North Carolina. Regardless of whether you consult with an attorney, be sure seek immediate medical treatment for yourself and your dog so that the risk of infection is lower.